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What lies beneath the surface of life in Hong Kong?

Ventilation shafts across the MTR network

With a massive network of railway tunnels passing beneath Hong Kong, the MTR requires a plethora of ventilation shafts to supply fresh air to passengers underground, and remove smoke in an emergency situation. Early years of brutalism Ventilation shafts built […]

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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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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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Hong Kong’s archaic English and ‘Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins’

There is something that seemingly every English speaking tourist snickers about when visiting Hong Kong – the “Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins” found on every street corner. In this case “cum” is the archaic Latin word which means “combined with” […]

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