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 Roadways is moving each three-car e.m.u. consignment to either Southampton or via Immingham, driver accompanied to Rotterdam for shipping to Hong Kong. Photo: P&O Roadways Limited


This article was first posted on 29th September 2016.

See: Metro Cammell – Grace’s Guides

Related Indhhk articles:

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


  • David Morby

    This photograph has brought back happy memories.There were two p&o roadways trucks on this contract the one shown was driven by John Groves and Paul Horsborough , the second vehicle was a Volvo F89 driven by Harry Gibbon and myself David Kirby. P&O also sub-contracted to somerscales heavy haulage as well as Pickfords heavy haulage. Love every minute of it.

  • car hurly

    my father and i worked on these, i am sure you there were more than 135 coaches built.
    there were two runs of these the first run was in house (before the true met lads got made redundant) and the second run which were manufactured out of house into body sides, underframe, roof etc and assemble as a kit by Alston.
    along side this order which had three doors there was the MTRC same design and lots more built.
    the MTRCwas completed 3 a week (up to five to avoid penalty clauses due to shortages) and the KCR at a rate of 1.5 to two a week.
    Metro Cammel,
    Happy Days brilliant company great blokes to work with.

    • Dave Wright

      Your name if correct brings back memories of my five years working on the KCR and Hong Kong rail carriages.
      If my memory serves me right you worked with my father, Arthur and Derek?

      Great times, a great product and great work mates………unfortunately, quite a few no longer with us!

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