Yearly Archives: 2012

Maintenance trains on the MTR East Rail Line

Every railway needs a fleet of equipment to keep trains running smoothly, usually emerging at night-time after the normal revenue services have finished running. The MTR East Rail line is no different, but unlike the trains seen on the maintenance trains used on the MTR underground lines, the works trains for the East Rail line are a little bit more visible to railfans between jobs.

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Underground Iron – Building the Hong Kong MTR

I’ve previously written a great deal about the MTR network of Hong Kong, but how was it built and constructed – the 1986 documentary titled Underground Iron – The Building of a Railway tells the entire story. Originally produced by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, you can find the complete 30 minute film on YouTube – here is a synopsis of it.

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Public safety advertisements and the KCR Light Rail

Hong Kong’s MTR Light Rail system is something I have written about previously, due to it being one of the more interesting places for a railfan to explore. A unique feature of the Light Rail is the numerous level crossings, which unlike the slower moving Hong Kong Tramways, require motorists and pedestrians to share the road with fast moving light rail vehicles. For these reasons when the Light Rail system commenced operations in 1988, a series of public safety advertisements aired on Hong Kong television to raise awareness of the safe way to behave around the new mode of transport.

Phase 1 LRV 1019 passing 'village houses' at San Hui Continue reading

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Hong Kong railways *do* have level crossings

With the majority of Hong Kong’s railway network running either underground in tunnels or above ground on viaducts, you might be forgiven for thinking that it is a system without level crossings. However, as with anything in life there is always an exception, so let’s take a look at them.

Running along a viaduct, a northbound train arrives into Kwai Fong station Continue reading

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