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Category Archives: MTR line guides
A few days ago I started on my coverage of the MTR’s East Rail line with a brief introduction – today we will take a journey along the line – or at least most of it. But why couldn’t I travel the entire way?
I have finally reached the last of my MTR line guides: the East Rail Line. It has the longest history of any railway in Hong Kong, and is also the most interesting for a railfan – but why?
The Ma On Shan Line is quite different to the rest of the MTR network of Hong Kong: the majority of the route is elevated on viaducts so it can weave between apartment blocks, but it also has short stretch of track running down the middle of a freeway. What other surprises lay in store along the line?
Out in the middle of the north-west New Territories is the MTR Light Rail network: it is a very different system to the double deck trams on Hong Kong Island, which is the trams that tourists usually see. Running between the New Towns of Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, the system was built by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, commencing operation in 1988 to serve the then-developing suburbs, which it continues to do so.
The West Rail Line was originally built by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), having opened in 2003. It operates as a metro type service, with only one type of train operating along the line, unlike the East Rail line, which also saw freight and long distance passenger services using it. The section in Kowloon is located in tunnel, while that in the New Territories is above ground on viaducts.