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Operating divisions of the MTR rail network

To the everyday passenger Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway network comes across as a single system. But from an operational and technology perspective, it is actually a number of smaller systems. One grouping is the “Urban Lines” (URL) or 市區綫 […]

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Extending West Rail line trains from 7 to 8 cars

Hong Kong’s rail network is being transformed by the Shatin to Central Link project, with one of those changes being the expansion of trains on the West Rail line from 7 to 8 cars. Some history The story of West […]

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Platform gap fillers on the MTR East Rail line

The East Rail line has the widest gaps between train and platform on the MTR network, the route having opened to passengers in 1910 as the Kowloon-Canton Railway. In the years that followed and the system modernised, with attempts made […]

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Firefighters and a fake MTR station

Near the Hong Kong district of Tseung Kwan O is a MTR stop that you can’t catch a train to – Pak Shing Kok station at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy. Photo by Exploringlife, via Wikimedia Commons When the […]

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A fire door for trains in the Tai Lam tunnel

I’ve written about the heavy steel gates used to protect the MTR cross harbour tunnels from flooding – but how about even bigger sets of gates used to protect them from fire? The longest railway tunnel in Hong Kong is […]

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