Mileposts along the MTR East Rail Line

Something you don’t see on a modern rail systems are old fashioned concrete mileposts, but I stumbled upon one on the northbound platform at Mong Kok East station.

2.5 kilometre milepost at Mong Kok East station

And another south of Fo Tan station.

11.5 km post on the MTR East Rail line, south of Fo Tan

Called 里程碑 in Cantonese, over on the forums I found a thread discussing mileposts on the East Rail Line:

The East Rail line is approximately 34 kilometres in length, with mileposts found every 500 metres.

Distances are measured from Hung Hom Station.

Located to the left hand side of the track, headed northbound, existing concrete mileposts include:

  • 1
  • 1.5
  • 2.5 (Mong Kok East)
  • 3
  • 4.5 (Kowloon Tong)
  • 7.5-11.5
  • 12 (Fo Tan)
  • 14.5 (University)
  • 15
  • 18.6 (Tunnels No. 5 and 5A)
  • 21 (Tai Po Market)
  • 23.510
  • 25.5-27
  • 28.5 (Fanling)
  • 29.510
  • 30 (Sheung Shui)
  • 31-33

They also detailed how chainage is displayed along the former KCR system:

Example – A18+598 at tunnel No. 5A:

18 kilometres + 598 metres from Hung Hom.

The letter indicates:

  • A = Mainline
  • B = Racecourse branch
  • S = Siding
  • L = Lok Ma Chau Spur Line
  • M = Ma On Shan Line

The lowered marked chainage is A0+030 at Hung Hom.

The highest marked chainage is L37+471 at Lok Ma Chau Station, and A33+579 at the Shenzhen home signal.


Here is a Cantonese language page on road mileposts in Hong Kong.

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6 Responses to Mileposts along the MTR East Rail Line

  1. Sean says:

    That page you included in Footnote is not in Cantonese language, instead it’s Chinese! Cantonese is only a spoken dialect that uses Chinese characters as its written form like many other dialect in China.

  2. Vyom says:

    On my way to Kowloon Tong from Mong Kok East, I spotted mileposts #3.5 and #4 too.

  3. A Meow Cat says:

    Just curious, how did the KCR EMU drivers back then actually manage to see those mileposts when travelling at such high speeds (top speed 120 km/h)

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