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1970s trip on the pre-electrification Kowloon Canton Railway

Over the years I’ve found a few YouTube videos featuring the Kowloon Canton Railway pre-electrification, and here is another one – a 3 minute long journey along the line in 1971. A timeline of what there is to see: 00:00 […]

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Delivering new trains to Hong Kong’s rail network

Hong Kong doesn’t build their own rail vehicles, so they need to be imported from overseas. But how do they arrive? Off the boat Trains for the pre-merger KCR network have historically been unloaded at the wharf at Hung Hom, […]

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Hidden track connections between MTR lines

Thanks to the sheer size of the network, travelling from one side of Hong Kong to another on the MTR usually involves a change of train somewhere along the way. But what if it was possible to stay on one train the entire way? This is actually possible – but with a number of caveats.

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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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