Riding on a steam loco footplate to Lo Wu – 1955 Meccano Magazine article

IDJ has kindly sent this account of riding on the footplate of a 2-8-0 express passenger locomotive of the KCR from Kowloon station to Lo Wu, on the border with China, and back again. The article, written by Nicolas B Watson, was published in Meccano Magazine in 1955.

We begin with a brief details of the suspension in 1949 of the line to Canton from the border, damage to the KCR during WW2 and the locomotives in use in 1955. The remainder of the piece describes Mr Watson’s return trip to Lo Wu including the experience of going through the mile-long Beacon Hill tunnel, “two deafening minutes”; and Lo Wu station…

KCR Meccano Magazine article 1955-page-01 IDJKCR Meccano Magazine article 1955-page-02 IDJKCR Meccano Magazine article 1955-page-03 IDJ


  1. Meccano Magazine online – was an English monthly hobby magazine published by Meccano Ltd between 1916 and 1963, and by other publishers between 1963 and 1981.
  2. Wikipedia – Meccano Magazine

This article was first posted on 1st April 2016.

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