Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong

York Lo: Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong Obituary of V.K. Song (Source: Wah Kiu Yat Po, 1960-10-31) York adds: Wendy Song, VJ Song’s granddaughter has kindly given permission to include two photographs of VK Song in this updated version […]

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Transport by Aerial Ropeways worldwide – 1899 publication

Robin Selby has sent a link to Transport by Aerial Ropeways, published in what appears to be a 1899 reprint of a special edition of the Engineering Times, London. Robin had previously been in contact about his great-uncle Thomas Selby (1866-1937) who was at one time mate of the Cutty Sark, captain of another ship, went on to work for the The Indo-China Steam […]

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Argos Bus Services Company Ltd – initially used secondhand UK double-deckers

IDJ:  When Cheung Wah Shipbuilding & Engineering Company was the labour supply contractor for the construction of Castle Peak Power Station they had to bring in several hundred and later probably thousands of workers daily to what was then a remote site. Eventually the ARGOS Bus Co was created by Cheung Wah using a fleet of secondhand double-deckers from the UK […]

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Kowloon – Canton Railway (British Section) – Kowloon Station Relocation

Tymon Mellor: With the end of the Second World War and the growing population of Hong Kong, it was clear that upgrading of the Kowloon – Canton Railway line would be required to accommodate the increase in passenger and freight traffic. The first priority was to provide a new terminus within Kowloon to accommodate the passenger and freight services. Following […]

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The Modernisation of the British Section of the KCR, 1983 article

IDJ has sent the following article which he has kindly reformatted for inclusion here. Please note the locations of the images in this version have been changed from those in the original article. From The Railway Magazine, November 1983. Those who knew the British section of the Kowloon – Canton Railway before its modernisation would scarcely recognise it now. A […]

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The Modernisation of the British Section of the KCR, 1983 article – follow-up letter

IDJ has sent this letter, and accompanying image, which was written in response to the publication of the article Under the Wires to Lo Wu: The Modernisation of the Kowloon-Canton Railway in The Railway Magazine, November 1983, linked below. SIR, I am afraid the Rev. Alan Shone (November, page 438) is mistaken as to the identity of the 2-8-0 locomotives acquired […]

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The KCR, 1980s electrification – coaches built by Metro-Cammell, Birmingham, UK

IDJ has sent this photo which was published in the The Railway Magazine of April 1982. It might be read in conjunction with the two articles linked below. The text accompanying the image reads: One of 135 coaches being built by Metro-Cammell of Birmingham for the Kowloon-Canton Railway, which is being electrified, en route for Immingham. From the manufacturer, P&O […]

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The Sha Tau Kok railway

Tymon Mellor has sent  this photograph of the railway line and station at Fanling. This shows proper passenger carriages unlike the flat, open waggons shown in the image below. HF I had heard about this almost forgotten branch of the Kowloon Canton Railway but knew almost nothing about it. The line operated for exactly 16 years from 1 Apr 1912 […]

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