‘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

Past and Surviving Heritage 電車今昔

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Black-and-white tell us the story – It is rarely to see coloured version of the Hong Kong trams in 1950s, whilst another shot captured the modified trams in “black-and-white” version!

HKT 159: Dave Glass Photo (HKT 100 Ann., 1986, Eastern Street)

I have no chance to ride on the past double-deckers as they had been gone, yet by luck and painstaking, resulted in such a superb shot!!

Photo: Joseph Tse (27-FEB-2011, Causeway Bay Terminus Loop)

While I was happy as a clam, the millennium car follows, they are all in the same loop and ascending order!!!

Photo: Joseph Tse (27-FEB-2011, Causeway Bay Terminus Loop)

Topics on the earlier generation trams will come soon.

Have a Tram Party! 電車派對

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Let’s have a tram party!! You will never forget how fantastic the night trip is!!

踏上古董電車華麗之旅,你將永誌難忘!

HKT 28 : Joseph Tse Collection (c.1994, Hennessy Road/Wanchai)

The former names of 28 & 128 are “Albert” and “Victoria”, both also for designated routes while destination screens are available.
28和128號起初是有英文名和路線牌,並曾行走指定載客路線。
 
HKT 28: Ian Photo (c.1989, Whitty Street Depot)
HKT 128: Lars F. Richter Collection (3-APR-1989, Shek Tong Tsui/Whitty Street Depot)
 
 
 
 
Apart from providing tour rides, tram 128 was specially decorated for the HK Sevens and Cup Noodles, sandwiched in thousands of rugby and a steaming hot big cup noodles!
 
 
  
You can try this non-open-top one with stunning “Tram Party” livery!!
同樣帶著「電車派對」廣告的電車,也是個不錯的選擇!
HKT 111: Lars F. Richter Photo (Have a Wonderful Tram Party, 9-APR-1999, Aldrich Bay Road/Sai Wan Ho Depot Loop) 
 
 

The Predecessors of Trams 28 & 128 (28和128號的前身)

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Trams 28 & 128 are at first normal passenger trams before changing to open-top bodies, the renumbering story on those two cars together with 59 & 119 was intensely interesting.

28和128號未被改裝成開篷車身前,只是普通的載客電車。其編號的更改和59、119兩車的淵源,也是一個有趣的謎。

HKT 28: Ricky Photo (c.1970, Hennessy Road/Wanchai)

HKT 119: Allan Photo (c.1977, Arsenal Street/Wanchai)

The former 128 and the “new” 59 are, probably the same car. Hints could be found on the 2nd & 4th lower glazing and the trolley.

One of my tram fans, has got vague memory on sporting the number “128” in the upper cabin of “new” 59…

這架59號相信是從舊128號改編號而來,從兩車的下層第二和第四隻車窗、及集電弓的款式或可發現端倪。

我的其中一位電車迷更隱約記得見過這架59號上層仍帶著”128″的編號…

HKT 128: Gakugeiin-K Photo (3-MAR-1986, Des Voeux Road Central/Central Market)

HKT 59: Harold Stern Photo (NOV-1988, Hennessy Road/Canal Road West)

Special Features on HKT 特別外貌的香港電車

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HKT 113 : Lars F. Richter Photo (PENTAX, MAY-1989, Statue Square/Central)

For various reasons, some trams were non-standard.  After being overturned by a runaway concrete mixer truck in 1983, tram 113 re-entered service with substantial changes to its top deck, such as taller windows, and internal fluorescent lighting.

過往曾經有一些電車是以「特別」外貌出現的。113號於1983年發生意外後,車身改裝成特別模樣。

In the 1990s HKT dabbled with the idea of introducing 11.5-metre bogie trams, to which purpose it assembled this all-metal wheel-less body on a plinth at Whitty Street depot.  It was said that the body could have been completed as an operating tram, but the idea was quietly dropped and the vehicle-body was dismantled by the end of the 1990s.
1993年,電車公司製造了這架用操縱桿操作和裝有冷氣的加長樣辦車。
Photo: Thomas E. Fichter/Lars F. Richter Collection (29-APR-1997, Whitty Street Depot)
 

Although tram 144 was a conventional refurbished car, its October 1986 ‘Royal’ livery was distinctive.  HKT made every effort to ensure that 144 would pass the HSBC headquarters just as Her Majesty entered the building, but sadly it was just a minute or two too late.

144號剛完成翻新,粉飾了車身,為歡迎英女皇陛下訪港作好準備。
HKT 144: Alan Cheung Photo (Welcome Majesty, The Queen, 1986, Russell Street Depot)
 

During the 1990s HKT contemplated the replacement of trolley poles by pantographs.  Car 88, which was in the works at the time, was equipped with a home-made diamond photograph, in which condition the motorless tram was pushed around beneath the depot wiring.  The experiment took place in 1996, and was so short-lived that this must be one of very few photographs to show an HKT tram with a pantograph.  As part of the abortive experiment, glide bars were fitted beneath overhead frogs (to prevent snagging on the pantograph horns) and for the same reason all insulators were inverted between Whitty Street and Central.  (T.V. Runnacles)

88號曾測試改用集電弓,這似乎破壞了電車原有的外貌。
 
The side-screen of tram 16 was placed at the upper edge of the window-line, unlike those of other standard trams.
16號的側牌位置有別於其他電車,是在下層上方。
 
HKT 16: Donald MacRae Photo (FitFort, SEPT-1998, Shaukeiwan Road/Sai Wan Ho)