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 Dennis Jubilant bus – specifically designed for Hong Kong, 1977-1981

HF: The Dennis Jubilant was a front engine double decker bus chassis built by Dennis between 1977 [Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II?] and 1981. It was specifically designed for the contemporary operating environment (hilly roads and “one-man-operation” with a farebox) in Hong Kong. The chassis design featured a set-back front axle, which enabled the front door to be located in […]

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Zippers – YKK Hong Kong Ltd

The Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushiki gaisha (YKK Group)  is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies. It’s the world’s largest largest zipper/zip manufacturerer but also produces other fastening products, architectural products and industrial machinery. What would later become YKK operated initially as San-es Shokai and was founded by Tadao Yoshida in Higashi Nihonbashi, Tokyo in January 1934. The company was renamed YKK in 1945. YKK has manufacturing facilities […]

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Kelly & Walsh – Shanghai publisher, Hong Kong bookshops

HF:  Kelly & Walsh was a notable Shanghai-based publisher of English language books, founded in 1876, which currently exists and has two shops (Pacific Place and the Landmark) in Hong Kong specializing in art books. It is affiliated to the Hong Kong Book Centre and Swindon Book Company Ltd. Kelly & Walsh Ltd. was formed in 1876 by combining two Shanghai booksellers: […]

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The Norman Electric Light Company – 1886 Hong Kong swindle?

James Chan: This advert from the Hongkong Government Gazette of 9th January 1886 caught my eye. Further investigation brought up the announcement shown below the advert, published in Australia and New Zealand, warning readers that Norman Electric was an “unmitigated fraud and swindle” and exposing one Emil Bassett of New York who was operating under the alias Marsh Bassett. I […]

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Geoffrey Binnie, Engineer 1932–1936, Jubilee Dam, Shing Mun reservoir

HF:The engineerng consultancy Binnie & Partners, though British, has had a close connection to Hong Kong through several large-scale engineering projects. From the late 1990s it has been part of the multi-national consultancy Black and Veatch which has its HK office in Ngau Tau Kok. Geoffrey Binnie is closely associated with the constuction of what was, on completion, known as […]

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Lee Yat-Ngok, the Local Printing Press Company and the Development of the Hong Kong Printing Industry

York Lo: Lee Yat-Ngok, the Local Printing Press Company and the Development of the Hong Kong Printing Industry Passengers on the upper deck of westbound trams passing by Wanchai would recall that the first floor of 48-50 Johnston Road was the home to both the Hong Kong Printers Association (香港印刷業商會,  hereafter referred to as “HKPA”) and the Hong Kong Hok Shan […]

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The British Borneo Timber Company – Taikoo Dockyard locomotive connection

IDJ has sent an article, The Development of Rail Transport in the Logging Industry,  which is about Borneo. This briefly mentions a Taikoo dockyard steam locomotive being used by the British Borneo Timber Company around the 1920s. “It is also believed that the BBTC later added a second steam locomotive of unidentified manufacture Taikoo No. 1, purchased second hand from Hong […]

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Chan Kim Ming and Susan Soo – 1944 BAAG counter espionage report

Elizabeth Ride has sent two pages of BAAG Counter Espionage Precis No. 1, 21st January 1944, which concern Chan Kim Ming and Susan Soo. This adds to information about Chan and Soo included in our article, Bobbie (Bobby) and Frank Gardner and Chan Kim Ming in Macau, 1944, BAAG report, linked below. Chan Kim Ming also known as, Jimmy Chan, Chan Yat Ming, Chan […]

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Chi-Chung Yin (尹致中) – King of Needles

York Lo: Chi-Chung Yin (C. C. Yin, 尹致中, 1902-1988) – King of Needles Born into a poor family in the farming village of Laiyang (萊陽) in Shandong Province in 1902, C. C. Yin started working at the age of 13 in nearby Japanese occupied Tsingtao (which was occupied by the Japanese between 1914 and 1922) as an office boy at a […]

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