Monthly Archives: September 2011

The demise of rail freight in Hong Kong

Ten years ago a passenger waiting for a train on the East Rail Line had a good chance of seeing a lengthy freight train go speeding past, but over the intervening years the consists had shrunk to just a single wagon, and by June 2010 there were no freights at all. So why did they disappear?

MTR freight yard at Hung Hom Continue reading

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Working hard, or hardly working?

Working hard, or hardly working? People have often said standing around directing traffic all day is an easy job, but this guy takes it to the next level: sitting down and turning the stop/go sign. So in what other ways are the construction crews of Hong Kong different different to those around the world?

One way traffic on the road back from Stanley, Hong Kong Island Continue reading

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Staring down a MTR train

Most of the time when travelling on Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway the carriages are packed to the rafters, with the only thing visible being other passengers. So what do they look like when they empty out?

Not quite rush hour on the MTR Continue reading

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Operations on the Hong Kong Tramways

The other day I had a quick look at the Hong Kong Tramways, while today I am going to have a look at the more operational details. First up is the signalling used (or lack thereof), followed by the remote control of junctions

Pedestrian crossing and overbridges on the Hong Kong Tramways Continue reading

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