The 100th anniversary of the Brig-Visp-Zermatt Railway (BVZ) in 1991 was the beginning of twinnings with foreign railways. The "Fuji Kyuko" from Japan started in 1991, followed by the Korean state railway "Korail" in 2013, the "Taiwan Railways Administration" in 2016 and also the Taiwanese "Alishan Forest Railways" in 2016.
At the centre of all twinnings are the transfer of knowledge among each other, the mutual marketing of tourist trains and the promotion of the exchange of personnel and experience.
The railway network of the Korea Railroad Corporation is about 4000 km long. In passenger transport, 96 lines are served throughout the country. About 3.5 million passengers use this service every day. The Korail offers several tourist trains, which run through a beautiful landscape, each offering its own highlights, such as the possibility of a footbath.
The Alishan Forest Railway is a narrow-gauge forest railway in Taiwan. It has a track length of about 86 km. The longest section leads from Chiayi in the western Taiwanese lowlands (30 m above sea level) up to the mountainous region of the Alishan Mountains at an altitude of 2,274 metres. One outstanding feature is that it is a pure adhesion railway, which means that even on the steepest sections of the route no rack and pinion technology is used.
The TRA is an authority of the Taiwanese Ministry of Transport and Communications. It is responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of conventional passenger and freight transport on 1097 km of tracks in Taiwan.
The Fujikyu railway is 26.6 km long and runs through the entire southeastern part of Yamanashi Prefecture. Its starting point, Otsuki Station, is also connected to the JR Chuo Line.
Along this line you have a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is a popular summer destination for tourists and mountaineers.