110th Anniversary

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HK Tramways entered its 110th annniversary by organising an Open day of Whitty Street Tram Depot, 30 July 2014.

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Here we saw the visitors enjoyed the free ride on millennium car 169.

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Entrance. Let’s go!

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Change liveries in progress

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Advanced positioning system in operation control room

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workers changing new tyres

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scraplines seen here

Thanks to Gary Cat for providing most views

Duties Ended, Thank You 功成身退

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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.

現役於1987-91年全新建造的電車,不經不覺已服務二十年,隨著新電車的面世,很快亦會步入歷史。99號成為第一架。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

Whitty Street Depot 屈地街電車廠

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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.

屈地街電車廠在1989年5月27日落成啟用,是電車維修的主廠,另一個為較小的西灣河車廠,主要用作停泊電車。

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.

1991年舊車身陸續在屈地街電車廠等候被拆毀,另一圖可見完成翻新的電車。

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.

待退役的舊車身105和107號,與翻新後的6號及建造中的149號相映成趣。另古董電車在2元載客服務停止前,跟普通電車一樣車身置有路線牌。

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.

電車的車身和車底分離時,底盤會被移走,車身會置於這個臨時底盤上。

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.

電車廠內,電車的車身被升起,作維修準備。

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.

Notes:

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

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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)