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After hours maintenance on the MTR

When darkness falls and the last train for the night returns to the depot, maintenance work on Hong Kong’s MTR starts. This series of television commercials from the MTR showcases this important work. Looking over each train from top to … Continue reading

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Everyone loves KCR 51

Lets take a look at KCR 51 – Hong Kong’s first diesel locomotive, and the main exhibit at the Hong Kong Railway Museum. In the real world no one other than trainspotters pay attention to the numbers on a side of a locomotive, but KCR 51 seems a bit different, if these displays elsewhere in Hong Kong are anything to go by.

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The MTR’s other fleet of trains

The Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong has more trains than just the EMU fleet that transports the city of 6 million people… They also have a collection of small battery-electric and diesel-hydraulic locomotives to use on maintenance trains, both in tunnels and on viaducts.

Chai Wan bound train arrives into Heng Fa Chuen
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The KCR diesel locomotive fleet

The former Kowloon-Canton Railway owned a number of diesel locomotives for use on their railway between Kowloon and the border with China at Lo Wu. The two first diesels entered service in 1955, with the end of the regular steam locomotives use on passenger trains coming in 1957. With electrification of the KCR line being commissioned in 1983 the diesel fleet were then usurped in this role, instead being used to move freight to and from the border with China, as well as hauling maintenance trains on the line. So how many types of diesel locomotive did the KCR operate?

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