Since 2011 HKT has been building the new all-metal trams, with outlines quite similar to the present wooden trams. Following the new numbers 171, 173, 174 and 175 the subsequent newers are taking the numbers of those being withdrawn. Up to September 2012 fourteen newers have been built.
A funny comparison showing the old 157 and new 157, same place (Western Market) and same neighbour car 171.
Remains of 157 after dismantling, whilst new 157 had been in service for three months.
Another interesting view showing two identical no.1″s”, the new-built green one is near completion whilst the old 1 being discarded.
Although I have no idea how the concept of green colour on trams come from, today it is the surviving transport with zero pollution in Hong Kong. Seems only the green can be the best icon for trams.
In early 1970s, there are slogans on trams promoting its benefits to the environmental protection on dimishing pollution, this might explain the origin of green colour. Let’s travel more on trams!
HKT 43: John Surgey Photo (1978, Hennessy Road/Tin Lok Lane)
HKT 76: Alan Cheung Photo (1978, Wong Nai Chung Road/Happy Valley)
Photos: Joseph Tse (17-FEB-2011, Whitty Street Depot loop)
Modified 168 and Millennium 170, primary with the same looking, particularly the side.
Other obvious difference include:
• auto flap-gates at the rear entrance
• LED destination screen, illumination & stops reporting
• new design seating
3 Photos: Joseph Tse (5-OCT-2010)
Photo: Joseph Tse (21-FEB-2011, Shek Tong Tsui)
The last time I captured tram 168 before its modification.
Photo: Joseph Tse (30-APR-2010, Catchick Street/Kennedy Town)
HKT 171: Joseph Tse Photo (18-FEB-2011, Whitty Street Depot)
Millennium body 171, air-conditioned produced by Carrier, never in service, truckless few months ago and stored at Whitty Street Depot, awaiting an uncertain future
However, surprising while see tram 128 with air-con. on top !! The windows of upper deck are fully-closed and the “T” shape for lying the trolleypole was heightened.
HKT 128: Joseph Tse Photo (31-MAY-2008, Johnston Road/Wanchai MTR)
HKT 169 (Millennium body) taken during our Private Hire around the whole system (Whitty Street Depot* – Kennedy Town – Shaukeiwan – Happy Valley Loop – Whitty Street Depot). Another surprise is the other millennium car, 170 follow us!!
169號千禧電車幸運地被特別租用，且接近走畢沿途路線 (西廠* – 堅尼地城 – 筲箕灣 – 跑馬地 – 西廠)，更巧合地遇上170號。這是唯一剩下的兩架「千禧電車」。
Photo: Joseph Tse (19-FEB-2011, King’s Road/North Point)
*電車公司行內用語，西廠 (屈地街電車廠) / 東廠 (西灣河電車廠) — HKT phrase, for identification of the two depots, West Depot (Whitty Street Depot) and East Depot (Sai Wan Ho Depot)
HKT 168, 169 & 170: Joseph Tse Photo (5-MAR-2011, Johnston Road/Wanchai)
HK 168 & 170: Joseph Tse Photo (30-APR-2011, Johnston Road/Wanchai MTR)
HKT 168 & 170: Joseph Tse Photo (5-MAR-2011, Des Voeux Road West)
HKT 168 &169: Joseph Tse Photo (13-MAR-2011, Causeway Bay Loop)
A good view to see the ex-millennium car leads, and the latter follows.
HKT169 & 170: Joseph Tse Photo (30-APR-2011, Johnston Road)
HKT 168 & 172: Joseph Tse Photo (6-JUL-2010, Shek Tong Tsui)
HKT 168 & 170: Kippei Fung Photo (5-MAR-2011, Johnston Road/Wanchai)
It is amazingly seen tram 48 with painted full green after overhauled but the lower side glazing is one less!! Also the side screen was altered sams as the Millennium cars. A strange “millennium” style….
HKT 48: Joseph Tse Photo (18-FEB-2010, Des Voeux Road West/Eastern Street)