110th Anniversary

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HK Tramways entered its 110th annniversary by organising an Open day of Whitty Street Tram Depot, 30 July 2014.

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Here we saw the visitors enjoyed the free ride on millennium car 169.

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Entrance. Let’s go!

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Change liveries in progress

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Advanced positioning system in operation control room

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workers changing new tyres

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scraplines seen here

Thanks to Gary Cat for providing most views

Air-con. car

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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 A new metal car no.88 superseded the original ’88’ which soonest renumbered to 30. Car 30 has withdrawn few months ago.

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Closer view of new 88

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“New” 30 with roof no. remains 88

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Withdrawal of old 30

Tram Accidents

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New issue Tramfare contains an article on the review of HK tram accidents.

Note the first overturned accident did NOT involved any truck and thus clarified therein.

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Tramcars History

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Exhibition on tram history is always fascinating, Above is a rare collection – internal sample of the Centenary Stamps that with 5 pics whilst 4 were released eventually with officials’ signatures.

Generally there is no specific/official “generation” categories on tramcars. As many of the tramcars in one generation were in fact just modifications of the previous, such as open top cars fitted with canvas roofs and then wooden roofs. This is not a true classification to tram types.

There is difficulty in deciding when the old trams were withdrawn. For example, the trucks on the old “Pre-war” trams were all transferred to the new “Post-war” bodies and a couple of old trams are still running during the transition.

We categorized in four stages/types:
1. Single deckers (1904) to modified double deckers (fitted with canvas roofs and later wooden roofs)

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2. Enclosed double deckers (1925, “Pre-war” style) to new-style “Post-war” bodies (1949, “Post-war” style) – the wording “pre-war” and “post-war” are Chinese translations just to distinguish the period they built

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For the history of Single deck Trailers (See our post https://hkgtrams.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/trailers-past-heritage/)

3. New-built 1987 fleet (replacement of the “Post-war” bodies, including no.120). In 1986 fifteen bodies (6, 36, 39, 41, 46, 80, 88, 89, 121, 127, 139, 141, 143, 144, 159) got rebuilt using original underframes and have their resistor boxes moved to the roof. The fleet are then replaced during 1987 to 1991 by new underframes. No.120 and those rebuilt in 1986 were lastly replaced by end-1991.

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New underframe for 1987 fleet

For heritage 120, the current 120 was a new-built replica and NOT the original body. Hereby a compared view showing their differences. Somehow for security reason the resistors were moved to the roof, spoiling the appearance.

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4. Millennium trams (2000) to all-metal rebodied tram (2011, VVVF motion and LED display, etc. replacing the current 1987 fleet.

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141 put to scrap in summer 2012

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New 141 in service

In 2014 HKT resumed the possibiliy of air-conditioning and the first body, 171, being discarded for 13 years, is under modification.

110th anniversary of HKT

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An official launch at Whitty Street Depot was held on 18 February 2014, celebrating the 110th anniversary of Hong Kong Tramways. Tram 110 masqueraded as a ‘mobile film library’ and featuring a special 110 logo. Three celebrities, Ms. Cecilia Yip (葉童), Mr. Anthony Wong (黃秋生) and Mr. Teddy Robin (泰迪羅賓) were invited and shared their stories of ‘Ding Ding’. With the compliments of the HKT management, two senior staff members were especially awarded for their long service. The senior inspector has been working for HKT for nearly half century, and the motorwoman had been the driver of 128 during the visit of Margaret Thatcher in May 1993. (See our another post “Looking Back” – https://hkgtrams.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/looking-back/)

 

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Photos courtesy to Gary Cat