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SS8 electric locomotives in Hong Kong

Despite both Hong Kong and Mainland China using the same 25 kV AC electrification system for their mainline railways, for many years DF11 diesel locomotives were used to haul the Intercity Through Train that crossed the border. The reason – […]

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25 kV AC railway electrification in Hong Kong

Hong Kong MTR uses electric trains, powered by two different technologies – 1500 V DC on the ‘urban’ rail lines, and 25 kV AC for the former KCR network. Today we look at 25 kV AC railway electrification across Hong […]

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Powering the MTR Light Rail network

The MTR Light Rail system in Hong Kong comprises of 68 stations on 36.2 km of route, served by 150 light rail vehicles. But how are they all powered? How it works The system is electrified using 750V DC overhead […]

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The evolution of MTR network maps over time

Recently I got an interesting question from a reader – “do you have a photo that shows the MTR network map on a station concourse during the mid-late 1980s”. Unfortunately I didn’t have one on hand, but it led me […]

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Shrinking East Rail line trains from 12 to 9 cars

Hong Kong’s rail network is being transformed by the Shatin to Central Link project, with the final change to train fleet having just kicked off – cutting back the length of East Rail line trains from 12 cars to 9. […]

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