Duties Ended, Thank You 功成身退


The current 1987 cars have been serving for two decades, their duties will be near to the end soonest after the new features were built. The first car is #99.
































HKT 99: Lars F. Richter Photo (LOREN SEBO, 20-FEB-1991, Whitty Street junction)

















Duties ended – goodbye, and thank you.

Back to the Old Depot 回到昔日的電車廠


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.


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。


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.…



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)



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

Whitty Street Depot 屈地街電車廠


Whitty Street Depot was built and opened in 27 May 19891. It’s the main depot majoring for trams maintenance. Another smaller one, Sai Wan Ho Depot2 was also built for trams parking.


Special thanks to Lindsaybridge

Old bodies pending to scrap in Whitty Street Depot, another picture shows the completion of the rebuilt trams, taken in 1991.


Special thanks to Ian taken in 1989.

Old cars are still visible before they gone. New rebodied #6, one under rebuilt ($149) in the workshop and old cars #105, #107 altogether. The open top #28 still got destination screens same as standard cars before the suspension of its HKD2 designated service.


The abandoned roof-top boxes for uncertain use. 部分舊有的車頂電箱放置在車廠內。

A temporary truck stand (in technical terms is an “accommodation truck”), for those trams with their trucks removed, will stand on it.


Fare boxes under repainting.  電車錢箱正進行翻髹。

Tram bodies being lifted up for maintenance in the workshop.

Here shows the trams undergo overhaul being “pushed” in the workshop by the standard car.


Photo: Joseph Tse (18-FEB-2011, Whitty Street Depot)

Thank you for the hospitality of Maggie on our visit, and lucky to meet my friend driver before his duty.


1 See the link http://www.hktramways.com/en/museum

2 According to UK magazine “Modern Tramway” entitled “Tramway Developments in Hong Kong” by T.V. Runnacles, a formal opening ceremony was held on 28 April 1989.

Wall of Green


Trams 56, 50, 45, 72 and 155 all in green (plus 171) without any advertising.

一連5架全綠色車身沒有廣告的電車(56, 50, 45, 72, 155),停放在屈地街車廠內。

Photo:  Joseph Tse (17-JUN-2007, Whitty Street Depot)

The green #172 follow the surviving green tram #38. Now all the cars covered with adverts.  除了#172和#38仍是綠色車身外,所有電車都已上了廣告。

HKT 172 & 18: Joseph Tse Photo (16-JUL-2010, Hennessy Road/Causeway Bay)