On 6th April 2017 midnight tram 123 on its last way from Shaukeiwan to Whitty Street Depot, derailed and hit the eastbound tram stop then overturned on Des Voeux Road Central near the HSBC Headquarters, injuring fourteen people including the driver. The front part of the tram was severely damaged, the resistance box fall off. It was suspected that the tram was hit by a bus and any obstacles in the tram tracks. The driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Tram 123 was lifted by two cranes and being hauled by tram 112 ahead to the depot around 4 a.m. Inspection is still in process.
A special meeting will be convened by Traffic & Transport Committee, Central and Western DC on 19th April 2017 for the 1st discussion with related authorities.
The last case dating back 5th October 1983 morning when a concrete-mixer rammed into tram 113 at Shaukeiwan Road, injuring 21 people. On 12th April 1964 evening tram 136 toppled over at the double-bend in Admiralty, injuring 59 and killing one who sat in the rear updeck of tram 68 in opposite direction.
Photos courtesy: 葉錦龍 Sam Yip
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Over the last few years we published a number of articles in the “Tramfare” magazine of the Tramway and Light Railway Society. You can find them here (click the preview image to open a pdf file).
Two pretty French travellers are doing a round-the-world trip with Transdev France and stayed in HK: it’s meaningful to me talking trams at the tram depot office, core of HKT. My pleasure sharing the numbering stories awas my dedication on choosing the no.of tour tram.
與兩位遠道而來的法籍年輕旅行家，相約於電車廠寫字樓暢談 #電車，難得、緊張且興奮! 感謝 Three For The Ride 專訪。內容包括電車號碼的變法，我亦間接促成觀光電車號碼的落實。
The tramway cancellation proposal last year obviously lack of support. During 70s trams and MTR are developing separately (not regarded as alternatives); circuit service was provided by HKT when Island Line opened, more merits like zero air pollution and the best mode for short-distance travellers….fate of system up to travellers, be considerate to those who need.
HK Tramways entered its 110th annniversary by organising an Open day of Whitty Street Tram Depot, 30 July 2014.
Here we saw the visitors enjoyed the free ride on millennium car 169.
Entrance. Let’s go!
Change liveries in progress
Advanced positioning system in operation control room
workers changing new tyres
scraplines seen here
Thanks to Gary Cat for providing most views
HK Tramways resumed the possibiility for air-conditioning in summer 2014. A new metal car no.88 superseded the original ’88’ which soonest renumbered to 30. Car 30 has withdrawn few months ago.
Closer view of new 88
“New” 30 with roof no. remains 88
Withdrawal of old 30
Typical c.1950 style HK tram model will release soon!