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a well-known free newspaper in HK commented ‘Amazing Ding Ding’ as ‘encyclopaedia of HK trams’.
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 Following the new numbers 171, 173, 174 and 175 the subsequent newers are taking the numbers of those being withdrawn.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.
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.
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.
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.