January 2016 – launching of a 1920s style open top tram

Joseph Tse, our unofficial Hong Kong Tram correspondent has written an article for the HK Tramways website about the recent launching, in January 2016, of a 1920s style open top sightseeing tram. Car 30 was used as the basis for the rebuilt tram.

The new car number 68, pronounced ‘luk fat‘ in Cantonese which translates as ‘continue making money‘, has re-chromed Dick, Kerr controllers. This Preston, UK company was contracted to provide the tram equipment and track when The Hongkong Tramway Electric Company Ltd was formed in England in 1902. The company also supplied supplied the first tram cars between 1904 and 1905 as explained in the article linked below.

The 68 will operate over a relatively short part of the HK Tramways track between Western Market and Causeway Bay via the Happy Valley loop.

TramOramic Sightseeing Tram 68 Joseph Tse a

TramOramic Sightseeing Tram 68 Joseph Tse snipped photo

TramOramic Sightseeing Tram 68 Joseph Tse b

TramOramic Sightseeing Tram 68 Joseph Tse c


  1. TramOramic Sightseeing Tram 68 Joseph’s article
  2. HK Tramways website link to Joseph’s article


  1. https://hkgtrams.wordpress.com/ – Joseph Tse’s website, HK Trams and much more

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. Dick, Kerr and Company, Preston UK, makers of first HK Tramways cars 1904-1905
  2. Trams, HK, linking 1881 and 2014 by way of 30th July 1904
  3. Trams, Kowloon – the when, the where but not the why not…and proposed cross harbour tram bridge!
  4. Trams, Proposal to remove Hong Kong’s trams from roads in Central – SCMP article
  5. Tramway, Proposed, linking Victoria and Aberdeen by Peak tunnel, 1906-1910
  6. Tramway Service during the Japanese occupation, WW2
  7. Tramways, Hong Kong, 1904 Proposal for Kowloon trams extending to China
  8. Tramways, Hong Kong, 1984 Report
  9. Tramways, Hong Kong – Bowrington Canal Depot – new 1904 images
  10. Tramways, Hong Kong – Depots images
  11. Tramways, Hong Kong – Depots timeline
  12. Tramways, Hong Kong, date of first full service
  13. Tramways, Hong Kong, Chevalier R Pescio – Tunnelling the Peak – proposed tramway 1906-1910
  14. Tramways, Hong Kong, Extract from 2006 book including details of Rolling Stock

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