HK120 article


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.

All trams poster


The current wooden trams replaced by new-metal ones since 2011, a valuable all trams poster which is incapable to photograph altogether plus their service dates, enclosed in the book, definitely a worth collecting.

Launching of new tram


New 171, being re-used the same number of the air-conditioned car, launched by 28 November 2011. It featured similar to 168, except a breakthrough on electricity fed back by AC motor.
The current wooden tramcars, as scheduled, will vanish in turn. The cost saving in using aluminium structure lead to vanishing of our heritage! Take your time to capture their last stage…

Airlines Billboards 翱翔的廣告牌


Airlines regularly advertised on trams, from small panels to the whole bodies being hand-painted by the masters, another superb moving billboards.
The stunning airplanes with scenes are recalling, you can’t wait to take a trip immediately!


HKT 22: Michael Rokitta Photo / Lasr F. Richter Collection (Thai, 6-JAN-1994, Western Street)

HKT 113: T.V. Runnacles Photo (KLM, DEC-1978, Wong Nai Chung Road/Happy Valley)

A simple design could draw your attention. United Airlines advertised on tram 132 in freshly white plus the principal three colours, whilst tram 108 in tartan design perfectly match-up the vanished, Scotland-based airline British Caledonian.


HKT 132: Lars F. Richter Photo (United Airlines, 3-APR-1989, Shek Tong Tsui)

HKT 108: T.V. Runnacles Photo (British Caledonian Airways, 27-APR-1987, Des Voeux Road West)

Car 22 was likely designated on the adverts for Thai Airways. An interesting design with densely hallmarks was shown, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Thai Airways.


HKT 22: John Prentice Photo (Thai 30th Anniversary, c.1990, Cleverly Street / Sheung Wan)

Tram 26 in eye-dazzling yellow coat ready for depart, note the same Chinese 私用 but varied English names, of which the front reads “PRIVATE” and the side with “PRIVATE HIRE”. Perhaps the latter one was used to differentiate between tour cars and non-service cars.

停在霎東街車廠的26號除奪目的黃色車身之外,值得留意的是同一個「私用」牌布出現兩個英文版本 (前方是PRIVATE,側面是PRIVATE HIRE)。相信後來為區別旅遊車和不載客車,PRIVATE HIRE的中文便改為「私人租用」。

HKT 26: degahk Photo (Lufthansa, MAY-1986, Sharp Street Depot)

More freshly-painted adverts on cars 123 and 154.


HKT 123: H.C. Steele Photo / Lars F. Richter Collection (Canadian Airlines, 4-NOV-1994, Happy Valley Terminus)

HKT 154: Scott Manson Photo / Lars F. Richter Collection (ANA, 3-MAR-1990, Sheung Wan MTR)

Both the fleet number and the soft-painted adverts, were vanished.


HKT 71: John Prentice Photo (JAL, c.1990, Causeway Bay Terminus)

Prototype Refurbished Car 143 第一架翻新電車143號


The ‘1986 trams’ were not new.  The cars were refurbished from trams built to the 1950 design and retained the original underframes and structural pillars.

The prototype refurbished car was 143, which was launched on 4 February 1986 in a livery of British Racing Green.  It still carried lifeguards at that time.



These photographs show the upper and lower saloons of refurbished car 143, revealing its impressive fibreglass seats and repositioned rear staircase.


Special thanks to T.V. Runnacles

Car 143 soon lost its green livery and successively acquired two overall advertisements for CSL. Note the lifeguards had been removed and replaced by deep fenders in the second picture.


HKT 143 : Lars F. Richter Photo (CSL Shop, MAY-1989, Statue Square/Central)

Even the new 143 (built 1991) retained an old-style resistor cover with two rear ventilators.  This feature finally disappeared during overhaul sometime in or after 2003.


HKT 143: Lars F. Richter Photo (7-APR-1999, Kennedy Town Praya/Holland Street)

HKT 120 – 1949 Prototype 車中寶120號


Tram 120 is shown here in 1977; it is interesting to compare this vehicle with its contemporary ‘numbersake’.  (T.V. Runnacles)

原有的120號於1977年的面貌 – 讓我們來發掘其與現役120號的不同之處吧!

Ironically, today’s 120 is more like the 1950 production batch than the original 120, but its ‘authenticity’ was completely ruined when the resistors were latterly moved from the back platform to the roof.


HKT 120: Joseph Tse Photo (21-APR-2011, LegCo/Central)

Tram 120 underwent overhaul in July 2009.  Fortunately, the Dick Kerr controller was retained.


HKT 120: Joseph Tse Photo (25-JUL-2009, Whitty Street Depot)

This interesting picture shows the original 120 carrying individual advertisements in about 1970.


HKT 120: J. Buckley Photo (c.1970, Shaukeiwan Road)

This view shows the original car 120 in about 1980.  It still carried individual advertisements but its lifeguards had been replaced by deep fenders.


HKT 120: Alan Cheung Photo (c.1980, Des Voeux Road Central)

Tram 120 was unique by having a handrail across its tall central upper deck end windows and by having centrally placed end destination screens.  Although HKT originally intended to maintain the tram in fleet livery, it acquired overall advertisements from about 1987. (Special thanks to Julian)


The original 120 carries the final version of its Accord Watches decoration, plus an eco-friendly slogan on its fender.


HKT 120 : H. C. Steele Photo /Lars F. Richter Collection (ACCORD Watches, 18-JUN-1990, Kennedy Town Loop)
The present tram 120 appeared in a version of the green fleet livery when it entered service in September 1991.  The deep undivided upper deck windows were not reproduced, nor were the centrally-positioned destination screens.
HKT 120: Jonathon McDonnell Photo (c.1992, Bank Street/Central)
The lower view shows the new 120 leaving Whitty Street Depot via the original exit as it passes car 86 on the way in.
(Special thanks to John Prentice and T.V. Runnacles)

Rise & Fall of Department Stores 百貨業興衰見證


The leading position has been changed since the invasion of the Japanese department stores in 1980s, in place of the Chinese products stores and local department stores in early Hong Kong. However the golden age ended in 1990s after the explosion of economic bubble in Japan, resulted in consequent closed down nor withdrawn of Daimaru1, Matsuzakaya2 and Mitsukoshi3, the surviving one, Sogo4 remains.

The economic conversion and new mode of large shopping malls become the trend. The former flourishing age of department stores was going to disappear, the old photos is the only way for recalling.

昔日國貨公司和本土百貨公司林立,至八十年代日資百貨公司引入香港,是零售業全盛時期,更成為電車廣告的長期客戶。可惜在九十年代日本經濟泡沫爆破,多家日資百貨公司大丸、松坂屋、 三越等相繼撤出香港或告結業,僅餘崇光百貨仍然屹立香港。


HKT 84: Alan Photo (Matsuzakaya, JUN-1976, Ice House Street/Central)

HKT 150: H.C. Steele Photo / Lars F. Richter Collection (Matsuzakaya, 10-MAY-1992, Happy Valley Terminus)

HKT 102: Jonathan McDonnell Photo (SOGO, c.1992, Hennessy Road/Canal Road East)

HKT 68: Bill Strong Photo (JUSCO, 1991, Queensway Loop)

HKT 162: detany Photo (WING ON, OCT-1993, Johnston Road Loop/Wanchai)

HKT 124: T.V. Runnacles Photo (SINCERE, OCT-1982, North Point Terminus)


1 Daimaru restructured the global business in 1998 by closing down the branch stores in France, Thailand and Hong Kong after the severe Kobe Earthquake in 1995 and continuing appreciation of Yen.

 2 Matsuzakaya was the competitor of Daimaru when launched at Causeway Bay, however the continuous loss obliged to cease business at HK in 1998.

The invasion of Japanese trend was brought by the opening of Mitsukoshi in August 1981, but the decrease in revenue and rise of rents forced its closure in September 2006.