Kowloon Trams – Proposals 1913 to 1918

IDJ has sent information, taken from the book Tramlines…, about several proposed tramways on HK Island and from Kowloon to China. This extract is about proposed trams in Kowloon which never came to fruition: “The last in this series of proposals for extending the benefits of tramways to the citizens of Hong Kong came, not suprisingly, from the Hongkong Tramways Company […]

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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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Proposed iron bridge connecting HK Island – Kowloon pre-1921

IDJ has sent a March 1921 China Mail special supplement showing a proposed bridge linking HK Island to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Tymon Mellor: This was not the first time such a bridge had been discussed. “The Harbour Master in 1901 proposed the construction of a cross-harbour bridge between Pottinger Street on the Island and Robinson (Nathan) Road”. See article […]

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Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company Ltd – distributor of VVs – village vehicles

Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company was established in 1997. It appears to import and sell a wide range of goods including pumps, generators, gardening equipment, agriculture tools…and village vehicles (VVs) of both wheel and crawler type. The company website shows a few examples: The company’s address is G/F, Tai Fook Centre, 17 Kin Tak Street, Yuen Long with a […]

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World War Two – HK Industrial Images from the Imperial War Museum

HF: These paintings and photos of Hong Kong soon after the end of the War are from the Imperial War Museum’s, (IWM) UK extensive collection of Hong Kong. I have selected them because they show some aspect of the industrial history of HK at this time. Either through the Naval Dockyard, Shipping wrecks in the Harbour (with close connections to […]

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January 2016 – launching of a 1920s style open top tram

Joseph Tse, our unofficial Hong Kong Tram correspondent has written an article for the HK Tramways website about the recent launching, in January 2016, of a 1920s style open top sightseeing tram. Car 30 was used as the basis for the rebuilt tram. The new car number 68, pronounced ‘luk fat‘ in Cantonese which translates as ‘continue making money‘, has re-chromed […]

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Ping Shan airfield – further information

Rob Weir: The following information  comes from War Office (WO) and Foreign Office (FO) documents held at The National Archives at Kew, London, UK. These notes were basically made “in passing” as a diversion to my main interests and so are fairly rough. I’ve put them in ascending date order from the first reference I found until the last. This doesn’t mean there […]

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Multiple transport proposals HK Island, Kowloon and NT, mainly 1970s-1990s

IDJ has sent the following account from an unknown source about numerous proposals regarding different forms of transport mainly on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon but also extending into the New Territories. Only a couple were carried out. Monorail proposals 1974 Tsim Sha Tsui – Kwun Tong 1978 Proposed new airport at Chek Lap Kok – Kowloon late 1970s […]

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