Back to the Old Depot 回到昔日的電車廠

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Hongkong Tramways’ original main depot was situated at Russell Street, in the heart of Causeway Bay.

Russell Street Depot was an 11-lane depot, of which 4-lanes served the main workshop.  As the tram fleet expanded, a smaller five-lane was opened in North Point in 1938.  This depot’s entrance was in Tin Chiu Street.  However, North Point Depot closed after Russell Street Depot was rebuilt (and renamed Sharp Street East Depot) in 1951.1

Although many tram depots are prohibited to public access, Sharp Street’s many gates were always open during operating hours, enabling curious onlookers to see and photograph the trams and the workshops.

昔日的電車廠是坐落羅素街,銅鑼灣的核心地區。

羅素街電車廠共有11條車坑,其中4條連接維修工場。其後電車數目增多,便於北角電照街興建一個臨時車廠 (共5條車坑,1938年啟用) 。1951年羅素街電車廠進行擴建,改名霎東街電車廠,同時關閉北角車廠。

電車廠向來是路人止步的禁地,但由於霎東街電車廠入口的閘門長期開著,很容易在外窺見或拍攝一排排停泊在廠內維修的電車。

The depot offered the opportunity to observe various interesting vehicles.  In the photograph above may be seen the water tank car 200 and standard cars 128 and 12.  Interestingly car 128 was renumbered to 59 after the original 59 was rebuilt as Tour Car 128.  Car 12 was the vehicle that was shipped to Vancouver for Expo 86.  (John Prentice)

A day and night view of the depot surrounded by tenements (Special thanks to Overture and degahk)

A noisy market surrounded the largely silent tram depot; I used to like standing at some distance from the depot, viewing the trams inside but scared to walk too close.

Today’s Times Square is bustling, and it is easy to forget what had stood on the site until the end of the 1980s. Despite operational arguments in favour of the present depots, it was the Wharf Company’s anxiety to redevelop Sharp Street as a multi-storey shopping centre that really determined the old depot’s fate.…

昔日的電車廠和牆外的市集,相映成趣。小時候經過時,我喜歡遠遠的望著停在裡面的電車,不敢走得太近。

今天的時代廣場,熱鬧的背後,不少人已遺忘了它原本直到八十年代末的面貌。撇開現在的車廠的營運爭拗,當時的九倉意欲把霎東街重建為大型商場,便決定了電車廠的命運…

Last and First

Tram 31 (above) was officially the last tram to leave Sharp Street on 20 March 1989, whilst car 80 had been the first to be berthed at the new Sai Wan Ho Depot three weeks earlier, on 28 February.  (T.V. Runnacles)

上圖分別顯示最後一架離開舊車廠的31號,和第一架駛入新建成的西灣河電車廠的80號。

Notes:

1 P.75, R.L.P. Atkinson and A.K.Williams, Hongkong Tramways, The Light Railway Transport Leaque, 1970

4 thoughts on “Back to the Old Depot 回到昔日的電車廠

    • Joseph Tse

      Yes I can send you the photos. If you publish them just make sure you attribute them to the photographers.
      Thank you and I am glad you enjoy them.

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