Yearly Archives: 2021

Tenth birthday for Checkerboard Hill

This month marks the tenth birthday of this blog – thanks for the support and kind comments from all my readers, on what has been quite a trip down the rabbit hole of railway and engineering related minutiae! My first […]

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Hong Kong’s high density industrial areas

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on earth, but it isn’t just houses that are stacked up tall – factories and warehouses are as well. Towering industry Kwai Chung is full of twenty storey buildings dedicated […]

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SS8 electric locomotives in Hong Kong

Despite both Hong Kong and Mainland China using the same 25 kV AC electrification system for their mainline railways, for many years DF11 diesel locomotives were used to haul the Intercity Through Train that crossed the border. The reason – […]

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25 kV AC railway electrification in Hong Kong

Hong Kong MTR uses electric trains, powered by two different technologies – 1500 V DC on the ‘urban’ rail lines, and 25 kV AC for the former KCR network. Today we look at 25 kV AC railway electrification across Hong […]

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Powering the MTR Light Rail network

The MTR Light Rail system in Hong Kong comprises of 68 stations on 36.2 km of route, served by 150 light rail vehicles. But how are they all powered? How it works The system is electrified using 750V DC overhead […]

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