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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?
Most of the Hong Kong MTR runs underground in tunnels, but there are sections of track open to the outside world. Here is a list.
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?
In Hong Kong the city isn’t the only place where you find trains: if you head down to the basement of the airport you will find yet another rail network. Officially known as the “Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover“, it has four stations on a 3.8 kilometre long route underneath the airport terminals, with a fleet of trains all operating without drivers. How do they do it? Read on…