Microsoft has a thing for producing videos showing their vision of the future is, and their latest effort is no different. Titled “Productivity Future Vision” and made by the Microsoft Office team, the video shows people around the world collaborating on projects with their smartphones, tablet computers, and desktop PCs.
For a railfan interested in Hong Kong, the scene from 1:20 onwards is of interest. Set in an underground railway station, the name “Sai Ying Pun” and Chinese text on the curved tunnel wall simply screams “MTR Island Line“.
It turns out that the producers of the video captured the “City of Tomorrow” flavour perfectly, as Sai Ying Pun is a future railway station on the MTR West Island Line, an extension of the existing MTR Island Line towards Kennedy Town.
For comparison, this is Sheung Wan, an actual station on the same line. Can you spot the difference?
As we continue watching, we see a bit more of the station, and some advertising billboards.
The featured character then pulls out his smartphone, to make a donation to the charity advertised. Again, the video captured the location perfectly with the “HK” prefix on the $ sign.
Once his payment goes through, his smartphone then presents him with a tally of pledges by station. My first nitpick here is the ordering of the stations: while all of the names displayed are real, the actual sequence is Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai (not featured) and finally Causeway Bay.
Cutting away from the phone screen, we see a bit more of the station: and some more things to nitpick. First of is the lack of platform screen doors.
The second is the type of train – I have no idea what it is, but it looks like nothing that runs around in Hong Kong. The way they show it in the background, it just be some CGI magic?
Now I’m left asking the question: where did Microsoft actually film this scene?
The train looks a bit like some High Speed Intercity unit of some sort. Maybe German ICE?
Turns out with the “Seattle Link Light Rail” lead posted by others, the train is from the same network, and not a photoshop job:
That station I believe is on the Seattle Link Light Rail…I knew I recognized some of the signage.
Seattle, Sound Transit Link light rail, Beacon Hill Station
Thanks for that – Microsoft head office is outside Seattle, and everything at the station matches:
A few more errors:
The “enlarged Chinese words” (if you can call them that) are on the platform walls and not on the tunnel walls!
I know HK has a particular obsession for tiling – but it doesn’t apply to MTR floors I guess (Though the ex-KCR stations did use tiled floors)
MTR stops have decent ceilings on the platforms – they definitely do not leave the wiring and A/C hanging around waiting to fall on some unsuspecting commuter
Microsoft tried, but well uhh yeah things don’t match up.
Close enough at the real Sai Ying Pun Station? 😛