Peak Tram: The Ward Leonard System installed 1926

HF and IDJ: Up until 1926 steam power was used to drive the Peak Tram. In that year an electricity-powered haulage gear Ward Leonard system was installed incorporated within the double reversible funicular railway. Details of this system are provided below under the basic concept first link. I don’t fully understand this and wonder if anyone can provide an even simpler […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – ferry services

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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New Territories Footpaths – Pre 1900

Before the British took over the New Territories in July, 1898 there were no roads but an extensive network of footpaths paths or Chinese Roads across the territory.  These paths provided connections between the villages and to the sea shore for marine transport. The first topographical map of the New Territories, published in 1904 describes the paths as “Chinese roads about 4′-0″ […]

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Tramway Service during the Japanese occupation, WW2

Elizabeth Ride has sent the following summation of BAAG reports about Tramway services from 1942 through to September 1944. John Smith kindly typed out the original report. The HONGKONG tramway, which was extensively damaged at certain points during hostilities, was partially restored on 27 January 1942 and a full service along the entire route was resumed on 20 March 1942. Up to December […]

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Harry Long’s WW2 HK experience – Japanese assault and occupation – industrial, transport references

Judy Chan, Harry (Kin Hong) Long’s daughter has kindly sent a number of documents, work testimonials and photographs about her father’s life in Hong Kong. He was born New Zealand in 1900 and died there in 1984. However he worked for two Hong Kong companies, Kung Lee Steam Ship and HK and Yaumati Ferry which is of great interest to us. […]

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Shirogane Maru (Bosco Radio Corp) – mystery over its fate

Elizabeth Ride: Now, here’s a mystery.  After reading the latest BAAG article, Bosco Radio Corp, the Gardner brothers and Kyoei Corp, I followed the link to the Shirogane Maru, and found that it differs in one important point – the fate of the ship.  Wrecksites has it remaining in Buin for the duration of the war, while BAAG has it entering Kowloon […]

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Cathay Pacific film – company history and landing at Kai Tak airport

HF: This film, titled Kai Tak Airport – the Final Approach, is a production of Cathay Pacific Airways Corporate Coomunications Department. It covers: A brief history of Kai Tak The history of Cathay Pacific CP’s two founders, American, Roy C Farrell and Australian, Sydney H de Kantzow Butterfield & Swire’s involvement Links to the HK Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) P&O’s […]

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