The Hongkong Electric Tramway – c1908 report and images
IDJ has sent a fairly detailed account of The Hongkong Electric Tramway which appears in a book published in 1908 linked below.
This includes details of:
– the construction of the Tramway, the consulting engineers being Alfred Dickinson & Co of Birmingham, UK, and the contractors Dick, Kerr & Co of London
– the track dimensions and length, along with three forms of “permanent-way’ construction depending on ground conditions, and overhead construction
– the generating station next to Bowrington Canal (between Wanchai and Causeway Bay)
– the layout of the depot which, comprises an engine-room, basement, boiler house and coal store, car shed and machine-shop, smiths, paint-shop, carpenter’s shop and office.
– the numbers of tram cars
– the number of company employees
– the number of passengers carried in 1906/1907
– the distance covered by the trams in 1906/1907
– earnings per car mile in 1906
– company profits at this time
– Chairman, EC Morgan
– Directors, R Miller and WJC Cutbill
– Company Secretary HWC Dermer
– General Manager and Chief Engineer, J Gray Scott, plus personal and professional background
– Chief Assistant, GF Malden
– Second Assistant Engineer, GC Hill
– Traffic Superitendent, A Course
– Chief Inspector, W Glendinning
The following images, with headings, accompany the article. Interestingly the main title is The HongKong Electric Traction Company Ltd.
Source: Twentieth century impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and other Treaty Ports of China, Arnold Wright, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company, 1908
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