An amazing comparison view showing two 201″s” – the left one specially produced for the Ocean Park – Old Hong Kong (香港老大街) since mid-March 2012. As to the right “201”, it’s a temporary works car renumbered from car 100 in autumn 1989 and generously supplied by T.V. Runnacles.
Despite the mistakes such as the glazed upper deck-end hopper vents (should be panelled) and a painted out window in front of the staircase (should be blank panel) on the replica 201, it generally reveals a typical two classes tram with a single front staircase in the 1950s.
Owing to “Ding Ding” well-known to foreigners and tram lovers, we have to clarify and expose some myths spread by a tram club in Hong Kong.
1. Prior to enclosed top tram there were canvas roof fitted in 1913 and wooden roof, pictured, fitted in 1923. Instead, the date for enclosed top tram should be year 1925. The current wooden trams were new-built in 1987-1991.
2. Myths in company dates – “Electric Traction Co.” had once renamed “Hongkong Tramway Company Limited” prior to “Hongkong Tramways Limited”, which incorporated in 1922.
3. The current 120 dates back 1949 is ridiculous. It’s a replica new-built in 1991 preserving the heritage 1949s style.
4. In annotating the public transport’s name, KCR being wrongly edited as “Kowloon-Cantaon Railway Limited”.
5. In an exhibition of tram stuffs, comparing with the real one “Kennedy Town” we don’t understand why that one was in blue background.
In a media interview, the club chairman emphasized the danger of heritage preservation, and said he can’t accept no tram books being found in HK, in fact “Amazing Ding Ding” has published in June prior to his.
Heritage is important. Those who ignore or mislead could not last for long.
其次，該會出版的《香港電車百年情》“A Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways”錯誤內容如下。
書中「1910年電車公司正式更名Hong Kong Tramways Limited」是錯誤。這個名稱在1922年才正式確立，而早期的「香港電車局」及1910年的Hongkong Tramway Company Limited該書全略。
3.引述其他交通機構名稱中，KCR全名寫成Kowloon-canton Railway Limited，不是Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation嗎?
A very interesting small museum is situated at the lower terminus of the Peak Tram. A mock-up of an earlier fleet member is on display here. It was not easy to get this photo as there are usually a few hundred people waiting in this location but the photographer was lucky to be first in line and using his Octopus card to open the electronic gate he managed to get in few seconds before the masses with their card tickets.
Photo: Lars F. Richter (20-FEB-2011)