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Trains, trams, buses, ferries – how does one get around in Hong Kong?

Peak Tram car and the pantograph on the roof

Looking back at old photos of the Peak Tram, there is something on the roof that stands out – a pantograph. Photo by USN, via Wikimedia Commons A pantograph is mounted on the roof of an electric train, tram or […]

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Hong Kong’s Peak Tram and the abandoned station

On the way up to Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram there are four intermediate stations that trains seldom stop at, due to a lack of passengers. But there is also a fifth station that no longer exists – Bowen […]

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Shek Kong stabling sidings and emergency rescue station

On Sunday 23 September 2018 the Express Rail Link into Hong Kong opened to passengers, connecting the city to the high-speed rail network of China. The railway runs through a 26 kilometre long tunnel from the China border at Mai […]

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Navigating the gates at MTR/KCR interchange stations

Until 2007 Hong Kong’s rail network was managed by two separate operators – the MTR Corporation that run the predominately underground network, and the Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation that ran the above ground lines. A side effect of this was two separate fare structures, and a peculiar situation at one interchange station – ‘double sided’ ticket gates.

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Fixing a power failure on the MTR

On my recent visit to Hong Kong I was travelling by train on the Tung Chung Line when a power failure stopped trains. But how long did it take to fix? 4:20pm – power failure detected delaying services. 1620 Major […]

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