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Hong Kong’s road-rail fire trucks

Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department has a diverse fleet of firefighting apparatus that can handle any situation, and today I’m looking at their ‘Road Rail Fire Appliances’. Photo by 廣九直通車, via Wikimedia Commons This pair of fire trucks can operate […] Continue reading

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Extending the MTR using a tunnel *dismantling* machine

Normally when building a new underground railway, a tunnel boring machine will be used to excavate the subterranean path for trains to run along. But in the case of the MTR West Island Line project, they needed to do the […]

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Hong Kong’s most useless road – Airport Tunnel on Chek Lap Kok

Hong Kong has dozens of road tunnels passing under Victoria Harbour and through the numerous mountain ranges. But there is one road tunnel that is absolutely useless – the Airport Tunnel on Chek Lap Kok. and was built as part […]

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‘Ocean Express’ funicular railway at Ocean Park

Hong Kong’s most famous funicular railway is the Peak Tram, running up the hills of Hong Kong Island to Victoria Peak. But there is a second funicular, much less well known – the ‘Ocean Express’ train at Ocean Park. Photo […]

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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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