Tag Archives: China Railways

MTR diesel transfers and double headed passenger trains

The “Intercity Through Train” service links Hong Kong to mainland China, running express across the border from Hung Hom station. Jointly operated by the MTR Corporation of Hong Kong and the Chinese Ministry of Railways, these trains are normally hauled … Continue reading

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Overtaking moves on the MTR East Rail Line

Two kinds of trains share the East Rail Line in Hong Kong – ordinary stopping-all-stations MTR trains that run every few minutes, and the ‘Intercity Through Train’ that runs express from Hung Hom into Mainland China. But how do fast and slow trains coexist on a 34 kilometre long route with only two tracks?

Southbound KTT passes through Mong Kong East station, 'white head' locomotive at the rear Continue reading

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Smoko time for Chinese train passengers

As the world’s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, China is a country where smoking is still prevalent and enforcement of smoking bans is almost non existent. You’ll find Chinese people smoking anywhere and everywhere – even sneaking in a 30 second cigarette breaks when travelling by train.

Smokers have a quick puff during the station stop at Handan East Continue reading

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Three years of changes to Hong Kong transport

It has been three years since my last visit to Hong Kong, and in that time there has been a number of changes to local transport.

New 'C-Train' EMU in service on the MTR Kwun Tong line Continue reading

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China Railways 25Z class carriages

Here is another follow up to my quick guide to Chinese railway carriages: this time on the ’25Z’ class. These carriages are used on shorter distance trains in China, such as the Hong Kong – Guangzhou service, which takes around 2 hours.

China Railways carriage RZ25Z 110832 Continue reading

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