Story of tram 201

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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.

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Clarifying myths

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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.
近日各界市民及教育界,對反洗腦之國民教育迴響很大,但發現有另一股之國民教育已逐漸萌芽,這就是一電車迷組織近日之舉動,似乎已向下一代灌輸錯誤資料,令下一代或對香港傳統電車未有深入了解的人被誤導。
首先,其發行之印有各式電車圖樣及年份的記事貼,將電車歷史年份錯誤地披露。
有蓋雙層電車的演變分為兩個階段,1913的帆布上蓋及1923年的木上蓋。
全密封雙層電車是1925年才正式出現。
現役的雙層電車是1987-1991年全新建造。
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。
1.電車公司名稱使用的年份
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。
2.懷舊電車120號自1949年保留至今是錯誤。雖然只得一部,但其實只是一部仿照1949年款式重新建造的複製品。
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?
第三,大有廣場的電車展覽,其中一件展品是電車的顏色路線牌布,但為何堅尼地城底色是藍色,真實的不是綠色嗎?
第四,該會主席在某大傳媒受訪,強調「市民渴望保留原汁原味的電車的想法其實很危險,它畢竟是交通工具,需要跟著時代發展,盲目保留傳統電車只會影響其發展。」近日再接受另一傳媒專訪時,更言在香港沒有電車書他不能接受,荒謬至極。不知他是否存心抹殺或資料搜集不足,導致錯誤報導,並封殺另一本由天地圖書發行,比他更早出版的電車書《叮叮傳奇》。
歷史是重要一環。希望維護本港傳統價值的人及下一代,不要被洗腦!

PT “white” (historic)

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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.

這個設於纜車站下層,模擬早期纜車的展品,在大批乘客候車時不易被察覺。Lars有幸排在第一位,拍下這張有趣的相片。

Photo: Lars F. Richter (20-FEB-2011)