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

Air-con. car

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HK Tramways resumed the possibiility for air-conditioning in summer 2014. A new metal car no.88 superseded the original ’88’ which soonest renumbered to 30. Car 30 has withdrawn few months ago.

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Closer view of new 88

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“New” 30 with roof no. remains 88

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Withdrawal of old 30

Ding Ding II

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As a continuation of Amazing Ding Ding, Amazing Ding Ding II relies heavily on diagrammatic illustrations and couple of extraordinary pictures. 

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a renowned transport expert with the authors, at the Western Market terminus

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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‘Amazing Ding Ding’ – contents

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‘Amazing Ding Ding’ consists knowledge and delight. Partial contents as below.
One of the turned over accidents of tramway history, happened on 5 October 1983. Tram 113 not only being the first one got fluorescent lighting but also ever earmarked for San Francisco fleet. As 113 was in its modified body until 1991, we have amended the service date of new (current) 113 from Mike Davis’s 1987, to 1991 in the poster.
Phoneically translation is one of the typical features during colonial. Pictured middle reads 「老牌派律」was an old brand “Pirate Cigarettes” in 1920s.
In this route map you can find where the sharpest corner near Naval Terrace locates, and the period that trams reversed running into the depot.
An off-chance shot indicates the effect if trams run the red light – Driving the tram through a section break with the power on causes serious arcing, as seen here with car 105 and can damage the overhead insulator.
A very rare weekly wage sheet issued in 1968 by Hong Kong Tramways, initially published in ‘Amazing Ding Ding’. The welfares during the said period sounds better as to today’s Minimum Wage.

Training Car 司機訓練車

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To provide a better, safer and comfortable service, tram drivers are required to attend training runs.

為提供安全舒適的服務,電車司機需要駕駛訓練車。

Tram 168 on trial run prior to official service the next day.

168號試運行,為翌日正式投入服務作好準備。

Trial run of tram 172  in rainy day.  172號雨中試行

172 in trial runs precedent to the modification of 168, either one might use for training purpose recently. It’s very rare and lucky to capture both of them!!

168號被翻新前,172號已多次在街上試車。近日這兩架車輪流被用作訓練用途,能夠同時捕捉實在十分難得。

Sometimes standard cars are for training purpose, recently open-top tram and 120 joined.

普通載客電車間或用作訓練車,近日古董電車和120號亦被安排司機訓練之用。

Welcome for new blood of HKT, it’s a long time haven’t seen female drivers apart from those senior ones who have been serving for over 15 years.

現時的女車長多已服務超過15年,喜見年輕新血的加入。

Training is finished, ready for service  訓練完成,準備就緒投入服務。

All Joseph Tse Photos

HKT 168: 16-FEB-2011, Cleverly Street Loop/Sheung Wan

HKT 172: 15-FEB-2011, Des Voeux Road West/Eastern Street

HKT 168 & 172: 6-MAY-2011, Queensway/Admiralty MTR

HKT 17: AEON, 2-OCT-2010, Des Voeux Road Central/Sheung Wan

HKT 35: 27-NOV-2010, Des Voeux Road West/Water Street

HKT 170: 17-FEB-2011, Whitty Street Depot Loop/Shek Tong Tsui