The Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, 1984-1996, photographs

IDJ: In 1984 the Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (HKSMEE) was officially registered. The following photographs feature locomotives constructed by HKSMEE members. Regular meetings evolved that were later based at the United Services Recreation Club (USRC) in Kowloon. Discussions centred around members current and future projects, home machining/manufacturing problems, and the sourcing of materials in Hong Kong. ‘Experts?’ […]

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Shek Pik Reservoir – Tai Long Wan resettlement village for some displaced residents

HF: “Across a valley, where village life has been unchanged for 400 years a dam has been built; on an island where until recently there was scarcely an automobile now runs a modern road and to the people of Hong Kong a major step forward has been made towards providing an adequate water supply… ..the consultants chose a large valley […]

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The Hong Kong Ivory Industry

James Chan: A controversial subject with a long history in Hong Kong. Chief Executive, Leung Chun Ying, announced plans to ban the domestic ivory trade during his 2016 Policy Address. CY said that the government “will kick-start legislative procedures as soon as possible to ban the import and export of elephant hunting trophies.” Recent SCMP articles: SCMP 29th June 2016 Destruction of […]

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The ‘Vital Spark’ – last steam powered vessel to be licenced by the HK Marine Department 1988

IDJ: In 1984 The Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (HKSMEE) was officially registered. A major project by a member was a coal fired steam-engine powered launch, the ‘Vital Spark,’ based at Hebe Haven. The substantial steam engine and its accessories were built in a ‘home’ workshop with the hull constructed and fitted out near Hebe Haven. Vital Spark was […]

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Zonta White House, Tai Po – constructed 1906, quarters for managerial staff during KCR construction

HF/Tymon Mellor: “Zonta White House (崇德家福軒) is a western house standing on the summit of a hill overlooking Tai Po Road. It was constructed in 1906 for the accommodation of the managerial staff engaged on the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (九廣鐵路). The house and the adjacent guest bungalow and servants’ quarters sit in six acres of grounds close to […]

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The Orient Tobacco Manufactory Company – 1911 price list including factory drawing and map

Edward Schneider, Carl Ingenohl’s great-grandson, has sent this 1911 advert which confirms the factory location was on a large site in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, bordered by Nathan Road, Dundas and Soy Streets (and also as Edward confirms elsewhere, Kwong Wa Street). The single page advert has been divided for this article into four sections. HF: I believe the term Flor […]

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The Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers – First Exhibition 1986

IDJ has sent this article about the HKSMEE’s first model engineering exhibition which took place in February 1986. The exhibition was formally opened, but in rather jolly way, by Mr Peter Quick, the then Managing Director of the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation, who drove a model locomotive through a banner and around the 300ft oval track. The article also says […]

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