Tag Archives: Australia

Named trains of the MTR Light Rail

Trains in Hong Kong don’t have very much character – they all look much the same, with only their fleet numbers setting them apart. But on the MTR Light Rail network, there was an exception – a pair of light rail vehicles that were given their own names.

Phase II LRV 1090 approach Ming Kum on route 615 Continue reading

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KCR EMD G12 diesel locomotives in Australia

I’ve written about the story of the Kowloon-Canton Railway EMD G12 diesel locomotives before – but what about a closer look at their Australian connection?


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Underground stations – living in the 1970s

I don’t visit Sydney, Australia often, but the last time I did, I spent my time in much the same way I did during my last trip to Hong Kong – riding around on trains and ferries. There I found some striking similarities.

Escalators down to platform 11/12 at Redfern Continue reading

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Helium balloons stopping trains

Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway tells passengers not to bring “dangerous or flammable goods or metallic balloons” into station areas and on trains. But what possible harm can a seemingly innocent balloon bring?

Chasing a balloon onto the tracks is a 'Dumb Way to Die' Continue reading

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Skyscrapers on a stick

The shores of Hong Kong Island are lined with massive skyscrapers, and one that stands apart from the others due to the unusual design is the ‘Chinese People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building’. So is it a one off?

"Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building" - sheesh: that's a long name Continue reading

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