New swap Old

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Since 2011 HKT has been building the new all-metal trams, with outlines quite similar to the present wooden trams.  Following the new numbers 171, 173, 174 and 175 the subsequent newers are taking the numbers of those being withdrawn.  Up to September 2012 fourteen newers have been built.

A funny comparison showing the old 157 and new 157, same place (Western Market) and same neighbour car 171.

Remains of 157 after dismantling, whilst new 157 had been in service for three months.

Another interesting view showing two identical no.1″s”, the new-built green one is near completion whilst the old 1 being discarded.

Clarifying myths

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Owing to “Ding Ding” well-known to foreigners and tram lovers, we have to clarify and expose some myths spread by a tram club in Hong Kong.

1. Prior to enclosed top tram there were canvas roof fitted in 1913 and wooden roof, pictured, fitted in 1923. Instead, the date for enclosed top tram should be year 1925. The current wooden trams were new-built in 1987-1991.

2. Myths in company dates – “Electric Traction Co.” had once renamed “Hongkong Tramway Company Limited” prior to “Hongkong Tramways Limited”, which incorporated in 1922.

3. The current 120 dates back 1949 is ridiculous. It’s a replica new-built in 1991 preserving the heritage 1949s style.

4. In annotating the public transport’s name, KCR being wrongly edited as “Kowloon-Cantaon Railway Limited”.

5. In an exhibition of tram stuffs, comparing with the real one “Kennedy Town” we don’t understand why that one was in blue background.

In a media interview, the club chairman emphasized the danger of heritage preservation, and said he can’t accept no tram books being found in HK, in fact “Amazing Ding Ding” has published in June prior to his.
Heritage is important. Those who ignore or mislead could not last for long.
近日各界市民及教育界,對反洗腦之國民教育迴響很大,但發現有另一股之國民教育已逐漸萌芽,這就是一電車迷組織近日之舉動,似乎已向下一代灌輸錯誤資料,令下一代或對香港傳統電車未有深入了解的人被誤導。
首先,其發行之印有各式電車圖樣及年份的記事貼,將電車歷史年份錯誤地披露。
有蓋雙層電車的演變分為兩個階段,1913的帆布上蓋及1923年的木上蓋。
全密封雙層電車是1925年才正式出現。
現役的雙層電車是1987-1991年全新建造。
其次,該會出版的《香港電車百年情》“A Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways”錯誤內容如下。
1.電車公司名稱使用的年份
書中「1910年電車公司正式更名Hong Kong Tramways Limited」是錯誤。這個名稱在1922年才正式確立,而早期的「香港電車局」及1910年的Hongkong Tramway Company Limited該書全略。
2.懷舊電車120號自1949年保留至今是錯誤。雖然只得一部,但其實只是一部仿照1949年款式重新建造的複製品。
3.引述其他交通機構名稱中,KCR全名寫成Kowloon-canton Railway Limited,不是Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation嗎?
第三,大有廣場的電車展覽,其中一件展品是電車的顏色路線牌布,但為何堅尼地城底色是藍色,真實的不是綠色嗎?
第四,該會主席在某大傳媒受訪,強調「市民渴望保留原汁原味的電車的想法其實很危險,它畢竟是交通工具,需要跟著時代發展,盲目保留傳統電車只會影響其發展。」近日再接受另一傳媒專訪時,更言在香港沒有電車書他不能接受,荒謬至極。不知他是否存心抹殺或資料搜集不足,導致錯誤報導,並封殺另一本由天地圖書發行,比他更早出版的電車書《叮叮傳奇》。
歷史是重要一環。希望維護本港傳統價值的人及下一代,不要被洗腦!

‘Amazing Ding Ding’ – contents

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‘Amazing Ding Ding’ consists knowledge and delight. Partial contents as below.
One of the turned over accidents of tramway history, happened on 5 October 1983. Tram 113 not only being the first one got fluorescent lighting but also ever earmarked for San Francisco fleet. As 113 was in its modified body until 1991, we have amended the service date of new (current) 113 from Mike Davis’s 1987, to 1991 in the poster.
Phoneically translation is one of the typical features during colonial. Pictured middle reads 「老牌派律」was an old brand “Pirate Cigarettes” in 1920s.
In this route map you can find where the sharpest corner near Naval Terrace locates, and the period that trams reversed running into the depot.
An off-chance shot indicates the effect if trams run the red light – Driving the tram through a section break with the power on causes serious arcing, as seen here with car 105 and can damage the overhead insulator.
A very rare weekly wage sheet issued in 1968 by Hong Kong Tramways, initially published in ‘Amazing Ding Ding’. The welfares during the said period sounds better as to today’s Minimum Wage.

HK Book Fair 2012

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Heritage tram images as the background of the backdrop, fit the series of historical books.

Few shots on various readers

A young tram lover

Surprisingly I and my co-author met my pre-college buddy. Certainly he obtained our autographs.

In addition to most book shops, 80M bus model shop also available.

HK120 article

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A similar English version on heritage tram 120 which also described in the Chinese book “Amazing Ding Ding”, has published in a UK tramway magazine.