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Melbourne and Hong Kong trams: long lost siblings

One can be forgiven for thinking that Melbourne’s tramway network is something unique to the city, but if you look at the MTR Light Rail network in Hong Kong from the right angle, you start to see a lot of similarities…

Melbourne tram Z3.134 northbound on Peel Street, North Melbourne Continue reading

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Operations on the Hong Kong Tramways

The other day I had a quick look at the Hong Kong Tramways, while today I am going to have a look at the more operational details. First up is the signalling used (or lack thereof), followed by the remote control of junctions

Pedestrian crossing and overbridges on the Hong Kong Tramways Continue reading

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A railfan’s look at the Hong Kong Tramways

Welcome aboard everyone, it’s time to take a trip along Hong Kong Island by double deck tram. With a total system length of around 30 kilometres, the network runs along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town at the west end to Shau Kei Wan to the east, passing through the busiest parts of the city.

Tram #105 on Hong Kong Island Continue reading

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MTR Light Rail: rolling stock

A few days ago I started my my coverage of the Hong Kong’s MTR light railwith a post about the network itself, so this post with cover the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) fleet itself. There are four different ‘phases’ of LRV that look slightly different but have the same general design, being single ended single car vehicles that can operate as coupled pairs. Some of them even have an Australian connection…

Phase 4 LRVs 1122 and classmate departs Yuen Long station on route 761P Continue reading

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MTR Light Rail: the network

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.

MTR Light Rail in the New Territories Continue reading

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