HKT 168 – Modernity Sacrificed 168號的前身和新貌

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The former 168 in Whitty Street Depot (T.V. Runnacles)

HKT 168: Joseph Tse Photo (3-AUG-2008, Des Voeux Road West/Shek Tong Tsui)

HKT 168: Joseph Tse Photo (HONG KONG WINTERFEST, 15-DEC-2007, Des Voeux Road West/Water Street)

Tram 168 was the first of the Millennium cars, with their distinctive single-piece windscreens upstairs and down. Tram 168 retained its original green and white livery for several years until it acquired an overall-advertisement for the Hong Kong WinterFest in 2007.

In 2000 the appearance of car 168 had been expected to presage fleet-wide modernisation in a similar style.  However, passengers and drivers alike disliked the stuffiness of the new trams, whilst an air-conditioned version (car 171) never entered service.  It was therefore not entirely surprising when HKT’s new owner Veolia selected tram 168 to act as the precursor for another generation of trams.  The rebuilt 168 was introduced to the media on 5 October 2010.

168號長時間帶著綠色車身,至2007年換上第一個全車身廣告 -「香港繽紛冬日節」。

十年前,千禧電車打破傳統外貌,十年後,威立雅斥資改裝車廂,168再度以全新面貌出現。去年10月5日首次會見傳媒。

Tram 168 fully occupied by the media on the first day of launch.

HKT 168: Joseph Tse Photo (12-JUN-2010, Johnston Road/Wanchai)

HKT 168: Joseph Tse Photo (Est.1904, 5-APR-2011, Des Voeux Road West/Western Street)

Apart from new seats inside, the main difference between the original 168 and the rebuilt version was the substitution of 1986-style opening triple end windows for the single piece screens.  Intriguingly, HKT’s end window design was itself inspired by a Birmingham Corporation (UK) prototype tram of 1929.

For more details on the differences amongst the Millennium trams, please refer to other post “Ex-Millennium Car and Millennium Car”.

千禧款和翻新後的168號最大的分別之一,在於原有一整塊前後車窗被換成現役款式。

有關新168和千禧電車的區別,可參看「千禧電車的進化」。

2 thoughts on “HKT 168 – Modernity Sacrificed 168號的前身和新貌

  1. Thomas wu

    但是,舊168和169/170的駕駛盤是不一樣的,舊168的駕駛盤中的錢箱掣是操縱桿的左邊。

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