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A history of MTR train control centres

The MTR network has grown since the first train ran in 1979, and so has the systems used to control the network. The initial MTR system In 1979 the first part of the Mass Transit Railway system opened, between Kwun […]

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Peak Tram car and the pantograph on the roof

Looking back at old photos of the Peak Tram, there is something on the roof that stands out – a pantograph. Photo by USN, via Wikimedia Commons A pantograph is mounted on the roof of an electric train, tram or […]

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Navigating the gates at MTR/KCR interchange stations

Until 2007 Hong Kong’s rail network was managed by two separate operators – the MTR Corporation that run the predominately underground network, and the Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation that ran the above ground lines. A side effect of this was two separate fare structures, and a peculiar situation at one interchange station – ‘double sided’ ticket gates.

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Changing tracks on the Shanghai Maglev

There has been plenty written about the Shanghai Maglev train and the magnetic levitation technology which allows to reach a maximum speed of 431 km/h on the journey from Pudong International Airport. But none of it covers the operational details […]

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Changing trains at East Tsim Sha Tsui

There are many interchange stations on Hong Kong’s MTR, but the connection between Tsim Sha Tsui station on the Tsuen Wan line and East Tsim Sha Tsui station on the West Rail line has to take the cake as the […]

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