Yearly Archives: 2016

Closure of Kai Tak Airport and the transfer to Chek Lap Kok

The closure of Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport in 1998 and the overnight switch to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok always intrigued me – how did they manage such a massive move?

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Mixing the old and new KCR trains

The MTR fleet of Metro Cammell EMUs has been conveying passengers on Hong Kong’s East Rail line for over 30 years, having originally been purchased by the Kowloon-Canton Railway in 1982 to serve the newly electrified route. In that time they received a mid-life refurbishment, which resulted in ‘new’ and ‘old’ trains running together.

Village houses beside the line at Sha Tin Continue reading

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Farewelling the first generation MTR trains

The first trains ran on Hong Kong’s MTR network way back in 1979, and almost forty years later these trains still remain in service, albeit having been refurbished and upgraded a number of times.

First generation Metro Cammell MTR train Continue reading

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Fixing failed doors on the Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong’s MTR network is known for being a fast, efficient and reliable public transport system, but it doesn’t mean they are invulnerable to simple issues such as failed doors on trains. These videos capture how they deal with such issues. Continue reading

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Coupled train sets on the Hong Kong MTR

Trains on the Hong Kong MTR operate as fixed consist – each made up of a set of carriages coupled together, which never get broken apart except for inside the maintenance depot. However each train still has a coupler at each end, to allow for failed trains to be pushed out of the way, such as in this video. Continue reading

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