Yearly Archives: 2017

Underwater tunnels of the Hong Kong MTR

In Hong Kong there are four railway tunnels carrying trains under Victoria Habour between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Here is a summary of how each was constructed.

Southbound train emerges from the tunnel at Kwai Hing station Continue reading

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Hong Kong’s casino ships

The residents of Hong Kong love gambling, but there are is only one legal outlet – horse racing. The most common workaround for those wanting high stakes thrills is a short ferry trip to the casinos of Macau, but there is another one – boarding a casino ship bound for international waters.
Casino ship 'Jimei' steams slowly west through Victoria Harbour Continue reading

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Delay certificates on the Hong Kong MTR

An notable aspect of railways in Japan are ‘delay certificates’ – small slips of paper produced by rail operators when a scheduled train doesn’t arrive as timetabled, so that passengers can prove to their superiors at school or work why … Continue reading

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Trackwork on the Hong Kong Tramways

When riding the Hong Kong Tramways, I was quite surprised to see how they maintaining their trackwork – by digging them up while trams are still running over the top!

Tram #156 passes over a short stretch of relaid track, minus concrete Continue reading

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Driving through the Tsing Ma Bridge lower deck

Virtually every visitor to Hong Kong crosses the Tsing Ma Bridge – it is the only route linking Hong Kong International Airport to the rest of the city. But what most people don’t know is that the bridge has a second roadway for emergency use, located beneath the main deck.

Crossing the Ma Wan viaduct towards the Tsing Ma Bridge Continue reading

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