An official launch at Whitty Street Depot was held on 18 February 2014, celebrating the 110th anniversary of Hong Kong Tramways. Tram 110 masqueraded as a ‘mobile film library’ and featuring a special 110 logo. Three celebrities, Ms. Cecilia Yip (葉童), Mr. Anthony Wong (黃秋生) and Mr. Teddy Robin (泰迪羅賓) were invited and shared their stories of ‘Ding Ding’. With the compliments of the HKT management, two senior staff members were especially awarded for their long service. The senior inspector has been working for HKT for nearly half century, and the motorwoman had been the driver of 128 during the visit of Margaret Thatcher in May 1993. (See our another post “Looking Back” – https://hkgtrams.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/looking-back/)
Photos courtesy to Gary Cat
The issue of the Heartwarming Stamps is specially for celebrating the 110th anniversary of HK Trams.
First set with 20 pics consisting all generations of tramcars, surrounding the centred ‘all-trams line up’ in the Sharp Street depot.
Another set with 8 pics with the single deck tram crossing the Bowrington Canal at the top, plus several views of trams and earlier tram tickets.
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The former Tramalan 00 kit, representing the typical classic two-classes “Post-war” tram of Hong Kong, re-produced by Majestic Trams, will be coming in the next few months!
Further details at: http://www.tramwayinfo.com/Defmajestic.htm
Photo courtesy: Helmut Gieramm
As a continuation of Amazing Ding Ding, Amazing Ding Ding II relies heavily on diagrammatic illustrations and couple of extraordinary pictures.
a renowned transport expert with the authors, at the Western Market terminus
Something to consider on the day of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral. Margaret Thatcher, who died on 8th April, age 87 was well known for her dislike of public transport, but here we see her together with Chris Patten, the last Governor, during a visit to Hong Kong in 1993. She is on board tram 128 at Shau Kei Wan Road adjacent to Hoi An Street (where trams leave from Sai Wan Ho Depot today) on 14th May, possibly the only time she travelled by tram in the street after she became Britain’s first and so far only female Prime Minister. Baroness Thatcher signed the agreement in 1984 which covered the return of the colony to the Chinese in 1997, but incorporated the “One Country, Two Systems” principle which allows the capitalist system, including companies like the tramway, to continue to do business unchanged for 50 years. Still in service today, tour car 128 was rebuilt and renumbered in 1987 from car 59 of 1954, thus making it the oldest tram in service in the current fleet. (Photo courtesy Information Services Department, HKSAR Government)John PrenticeChairman, Tramway & Light Railway Society
There are a few special signs designated for Hong Kong trams. Some are still exist today. Take a shot when you notice them.
The left one is “Go” (“去”in Chinese), generally can be seen at the termini. The pictured one is at North Point. What amazing is the right one, “Stop” (“停”in Chinese), which depends on the traffic condition.
This one was temporary used during the tracks re-alignment at Shek Tong Tsui, where the former coastline encircled by the barges nearby.
In some spots trams follow the “T” traffic lights (pictured on the left), probably indicates the short-term of “Tram”. Here we see tram 300 transporting a truck which mainly can be seen in the depot.