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MTR: Ma On Shan Line

The Ma On Shan Line is quite different to the rest of the MTR network of Hong Kong: the majority of the route is elevated on viaducts so it can weave between apartment blocks, but it also has short stretch of track running down the middle of a freeway. What other surprises lay in store along the line?

Running down the middle of a freeway

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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.

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MTR: West Rail Line

The West Rail Line was originally built by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), having opened in 2003. It operates as a metro type service, with only one type of train operating along the line, unlike the East Rail line, which also saw freight and long distance passenger services using it. The section in Kowloon is located in tunnel, while that in the New Territories is above ground on viaducts.

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MTR: Disneyland Resort Line

The Disneyland Resort Line is a 3.4 km long branch railway that connects Hong Kong Disneyland to the rest of the MTR network. Unlike the rest of the MTR, the Disneyland Resort Line is the one to operate without a driver: even the door operation is automatic. So what else is different about it?

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MTR: Airport Express

Following on from the Tung Chung Line, I’ll move onto the Airport Express line – as previously described, the line shares track with the suburban service but skips a lot of the stations. The main attraction of the Airport Express service is the provision of In Town Check In for passengers heading out to the airport: before boarding the train you can check in your baggage and receive your boarding pass from the airline counters at the railway station, so you don’t need to worry about your bags until the airport luggage reclaim at your final destination.

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