All trams poster


The current wooden trams replaced by new-metal ones since 2011, a valuable all trams poster which is incapable to photograph altogether plus their service dates, enclosed in the book, definitely a worth collecting.

Launching of new tram


New 171, being re-used the same number of the air-conditioned car, launched by 28 November 2011. It featured similar to 168, except a breakthrough on electricity fed back by AC motor.
The current wooden tramcars, as scheduled, will vanish in turn. The cost saving in using aluminium structure lead to vanishing of our heritage! Take your time to capture their last stage…

Recalling Diorama 惜景 言情


I’m very impressed on the following Hong Kong Models in John Prentice’s Collection, admired his dedication on recurring the typical views with trams.


This model was built in 00 scale (1:76 – 4mm to 1ft) by John Prentice, modifying a Tramalan white metal kit of a 1950s style tram with scratch built parts. It is of tram 163, the real tram being built in 1979. It is painted in the advertising livery of the Wing On department store as carried in 1981.

Built by John Prentice, this diorama in 00 scale is an impression of what Johnston Road in Hong Kong looked like around 1990. The “Wing On” car 163 and Lung Moon Chinese Restaurant, both have gone in 1991 and 2009. To the left of the scene, in the road next to the taxi, are two tram photographers who represent the model maker and a friend.



This model is of Hong Kong car 145. It was built to 1:16 scale (3/4in to 1ft). It is fully working (24volt DC) and was scratch built by John Prentice from wood and metal as appropriate. This class of tram was built in the 1950s. The tramcar used a Peckham P35 truck and originally was first class on the upper deck and third on the lower but were later one man operated, rear entrance – front exit, as shown on the model, being in the 1970s condition and till present.

The inner of 145 is mostly wood, the lower deck has longitudinal wooden seats, like the originals. The turnstiles are scratch built from metal and turnable. The metal doors also open correctly.



The smallest model on show is this plastic model of tram 38 in N gauge (1:160). It advertises Po Sum On Medicine and the model itself was produced as marketing feature for that company. They were sold by the 80M Bus Model shop in Hong Kong.

More details of tram modelling at

這個1:160的N gauge情景模型,38號電車披上保心安廣告,在80M巴士模型專門店有售,相信是比例最小的了。

Most has been gone or materially changed, only photos are recalling. Yet I hope the old memories can recur one day.


Duties Ended, Thank You 功成身退


The current 1987 cars have been serving for two decades, their duties will be near to the end soonest after the new features were built. The first car is #99.
































HKT 99: Lars F. Richter Photo (LOREN SEBO, 20-FEB-1991, Whitty Street junction)

















Duties ended – goodbye, and thank you.

Trams on Ngo Geng Kiu 電車渡河


An interesting photo in 1920s commonly find in books showing two double-deck tramcars, one with canvas roof and the other one fully enclosed passed by the “bridge”, with a pair of tracks laid underneath.

Most Hong Kongers named it “Ngo Geng Kiu 鵝頸橋” (formerly named Bowrington Bridge, In Cantonese “Ngo Geng” means “gooseneck”) guestimating for its curved outline of the canal, now become a well-known area for “beating the petty person” 打小人 today 1.

The tracks underneath has been a mysterious query on readers and historicans, some argued it’s for trams running but obviously in weak persuation, as the height is not enough for trams even a single-decker. It’s part of the Praya East Reclamation Project, the tracks are for transporting sand and soil removed from Morrison Hill to the waterfront land reclamation.


它是香港人熟悉的「鵝頸橋」(前稱寶靈頓橋),”Ngo Geng”廣東話的意思是鵝頸,橋下是一條運河,它彎曲窄長形如鵝頸,故橫跨此河的橋俗稱「鵝頸橋」。今天成為了著名「打小人」的集中地。


Coincidentally, tha above view shows a track layout being laid in the same area in 1922, which was the main way to Happy Valley and the junction of the depot exit in Russell Street.



1 The Best of Asia 2009 entitled in Time Magazine

Coastal Tramlines 濱海電車路


A superb angle capturing the tram encircled by the barges and row of lorries — The vanished coastal tramline at Kennedy Town Praya recalls me most. You can hear the frequent “ding ding” sounds but the workers often neglect the sounds, rushing to load their goods on the tramlines and quickly remove them before trams passed by1. (T.V. Runnacles)


Such area has been reclaimed today in place of a park and new launched swimming pool, and the memorable moments will probably be lost forever.


1 Superb photos could be found in Tram Jam 電車舞曲 by Martin Jones, Presstram, 1984.

Airlines Billboards 翱翔的廣告牌


Airlines regularly advertised on trams, from small panels to the whole bodies being hand-painted by the masters, another superb moving billboards.
The stunning airplanes with scenes are recalling, you can’t wait to take a trip immediately!


HKT 22: Michael Rokitta Photo / Lasr F. Richter Collection (Thai, 6-JAN-1994, Western Street)

HKT 113: T.V. Runnacles Photo (KLM, DEC-1978, Wong Nai Chung Road/Happy Valley)

A simple design could draw your attention. United Airlines advertised on tram 132 in freshly white plus the principal three colours, whilst tram 108 in tartan design perfectly match-up the vanished, Scotland-based airline British Caledonian.


HKT 132: Lars F. Richter Photo (United Airlines, 3-APR-1989, Shek Tong Tsui)

HKT 108: T.V. Runnacles Photo (British Caledonian Airways, 27-APR-1987, Des Voeux Road West)

Car 22 was likely designated on the adverts for Thai Airways. An interesting design with densely hallmarks was shown, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Thai Airways.


HKT 22: John Prentice Photo (Thai 30th Anniversary, c.1990, Cleverly Street / Sheung Wan)

Tram 26 in eye-dazzling yellow coat ready for depart, note the same Chinese 私用 but varied English names, of which the front reads “PRIVATE” and the side with “PRIVATE HIRE”. Perhaps the latter one was used to differentiate between tour cars and non-service cars.

停在霎東街車廠的26號除奪目的黃色車身之外,值得留意的是同一個「私用」牌布出現兩個英文版本 (前方是PRIVATE,側面是PRIVATE HIRE)。相信後來為區別旅遊車和不載客車,PRIVATE HIRE的中文便改為「私人租用」。

HKT 26: degahk Photo (Lufthansa, MAY-1986, Sharp Street Depot)

More freshly-painted adverts on cars 123 and 154.


HKT 123: H.C. Steele Photo / Lars F. Richter Collection (Canadian Airlines, 4-NOV-1994, Happy Valley Terminus)

HKT 154: Scott Manson Photo / Lars F. Richter Collection (ANA, 3-MAR-1990, Sheung Wan MTR)

Both the fleet number and the soft-painted adverts, were vanished.


HKT 71: John Prentice Photo (JAL, c.1990, Causeway Bay Terminus)