Monthly Archives: March 2011

MTR East Rail Line: a lineside guide

A few days ago I started on my coverage of the MTR’s East Rail line with a brief introduction – today we will take a journey along the line – or at least most of it. But why couldn’t I travel the entire way?

Southbound EMU approaches Sha Tin Continue reading

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MTR East Rail Line: an intro

I have finally reached the last of my MTR line guides: the East Rail Line. It has the longest history of any railway in Hong Kong, and is also the most interesting for a railfan – but why?

Electric locomotive SS8 0191 hauls a Through Train through Sha Tin station Continue reading

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Hong Kong’s missing hillside

Atop Victoria Peak, when visibility is good, you can see out over the harbour towards the Kowloon Peninsula and the old airport, and into the hills that surround Kowloon. When you look really closely, sticking out like a sore thumb is an entire mountain with a 20-odd-storey high gouge cut into the side.

The missing hillside of the Kowloon Peninsula

On my previous visits I have also seen this massive cut in the side of the hill, but why is it there? Continue reading

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