Traverser and a turntable at Kowloon Bay Depot

Traversers and turntables are a rare sight on the Hong Kong rail network, with Hung Hom station being one of the few examples. However I have since discovered that Kowloon Bay Depot goes one better – it has a traverser that also doubles as a turntable!

Looking down on the train wash at the MTR Kowloon Bay Depot

At first glance it looks like just a normal traverser.


Heather Coulson photo via HKU Library

But what is this circular piece of rail to the left of the traverser?


Heather Coulson photo via HKU Library

Turns out the traverser can rotate in the middle, just like a turntable.


HKRail.net photo

Ingenious!

Footnote

The depot also has at least one smaller turntable.


Heather Coulson photo via HKU Library

Used to move bogies between tracks.


Photo by Oliver Tsang/South China Morning Post

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3 Responses to Traverser and a turntable at Kowloon Bay Depot

  1. James Scantlebury says:

    Also can be seen at around 2:30 in the excellent early 1990s documentary by MTR https://youtu.be/ru9uMkxmGyc

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