September 2023 marks the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Light Rail system in the New Territories, with the MTR Corporation marking the occasion with a ‘retro livery’ light rail vehicle, and a public open day at the Light Rail depot.
Phase I LRV 1066 was repainted into the original orange and white KCR Light Rail livery, which it wore when it first started service, being unveiled to the public at Siu Hong Stop on 20 August 2023.
Local media also covering the event:
A large crowd was seen in Tuen Mun on Sunday as a retro-themed Light Rail train debuted and greeted passengers under a series of 35th-anniversary celebratory activities.
Light Rail has been serving the Northwest New Territories districts as a major mode of transport for over three decades. To celebrate its anniversary, the MTR Corporation put two retro-themed Light Rail Vehicles into service.
The train’s livery relives the classic orange and white color combination with orange seats, bringing back memories of the original Phase 1 Light Rail Vehicles when they started service in 1988.
One of them was showcased at Tuen Mun Light Rail Depot Stop and Siu Hong Station on Sunday, attracting many rail fans to catch a glimpse.
A rail fanatic surnamed Tse, who was emigrating soon, came to watch the unveiling of the light rail with friends. He said the retro vehicle was relatively close to the original one, except for minor details such as the paint, handles, writing, etc.
Wong, who came here with his family of three, said he had lived in Sheung Shui since he was young but had never seen the light rail train in orange color.
The first retro-themed light rail vehicle will start running on Route 610 on Monday, and the other one will be ready for service next month.
The open day at the Light Rail depot was held on 17 September, and saw all five models of light rail vehicle on display to the public.
A tour of ‘retro livery’ Phase I LRV 1066 by SF’s Rail Depot:
And joined by second retro liveried unit Phase I LRV 1001.