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HK Transport 2

Even before my arrival in Hong Kong, I was looking forward to taking the double decker ding-dings (I had to smile at hearing this term the first time, since I could hazard a guess how it was coined). Hong Kong Tramways is a tram system in Hong Kong running on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a Happy Valley line. It was in 1881, when trams were first proposed for Hong Kong. It was already 1904 by the time the fist bodies of tramcars built in the United Kingdom were shipped in pieces to be assembled and installed in Hong Kong. 1912 saw the first double-deck tramcar was introduced. I am told that sometime in the later decades, rotating turnstiles were introduced at the rear entrance and coin drop boxes were fitted next to the motormen. 

HK Transport 2

Even before my arrival in Hong Kong, I was looking forward to taking the double decker ding-dings (I had to smile at hearing this term the first time, since I could hazard a guess how it was coined). Hong Kong Tramways is a tram system in Hong Kong running on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a Happy Valley line. It was in 1881, when trams were first proposed for Hong Kong. It was already 1904 by the time the fist bodies of tramcars built in the United Kingdom were shipped in pieces to be assembled and installed in Hong Kong. 1912 saw the first double-deck tramcar was introduced. I am told that sometime in the later decades, rotating turnstiles were introduced at the rear entrance and coin drop boxes were fitted next to the motormen. 

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Oct 2017, 00:08
Great image, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Ray. I waited at this location for a while before I could get this.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2017, 02:35
Wonderful shot. The sepia processing really works well for this photo. Glad to see you can get camera supplies there!
Ayush Basu: I have a few versions and in the end when I compared them, this version appealed to me more, Beth. Thank you.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2017, 03:32
I really like the sepia. Terrific DOF!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Bonnie. Pleased with your remark.
This is great, Ayush! I love the treatment! And, again - I appreciate the information!
Ayush Basu: It was informative for me and I thought it would be nice to share on SC, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Oct 2017, 06:40
This is a very civilised method of travelling Ayush. In Europe they tend to be single rather than double deck vehicles
Ayush Basu: My first experience on a double decker tram was the highlight of this HK trip, Chris.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 24 Oct 2017, 07:03
Joli traitement sépia.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you approve, Martine.
Once a familiar sight in the Uk, we got rid of our trams many years ago and are only now starting to reintroduce them

This is a wonderful atmospheric picture Ayush
Ayush Basu: Despite all the reasons stated, I think trams should continue to be retained, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Oct 2017, 08:14
This is fantastic Ayush and I love your information.
Ayush Basu: I found the trams were fairly simple in their construction and why not, as long as they serve their intended function, Chad.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2017, 15:11
What a great image - I love the sepia treatment.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the encouraging comment, Anne.
As you will no doubt guess there are many of us English guys who would like a ride on one of these, me included.
Ayush Basu: I can imagine, Brian. I myself am a fan of railway and tram travel.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Oct 2017, 17:05
Great image, I like the sepia effect.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the kind comment, CherryPie.
I love HK so much going on there particularly at night
Ayush Basu: It surely is a busy city even at night, Martin.
Our capital city used a fleet of double deckers bought from England for years and years but the company providing the service retired.
Ayush Basu: I may not have mentioned that I worked for a Canadian railway rolling stock supplier about a decade ago, Mary. Hence my fondness for trains and trams.
We still have some double decker historic trams, Ayush. Occasionally they run them.
Ayush Basu: I believe some of them featured on SC but I cannot recall at the moment, on whose page, Frank.
Bravo pour la prise de vue ..
Ayush Basu: Merci, Claudine. I am delighted with your "Bravo".
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Oct 2017, 06:32
A long long time since I have been on a tram, Ayush
Ayush Basu: They are shrinking in the cities that I know of, Lisl.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Oct 2017, 06:49
Trust the Brits to bring this means of transport to Hong Honk. I never had the pleasure of riding on them in the UK; Southampton's own system ended just 5 months before I was born. San Francisco runs and extensive network of single deck trams.
Ayush Basu: I had the chance to sample for only a few instances in Kolkata, Vienna, Bremen, Zurich and now in Hong Kong, Alan.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Oct 2017, 07:26
Great idea to make a sepia of the night shot. The tram is a one-eyed monster.
Ayush Basu: A smiling one though, Louis, don't you agree? smile
Great choice of mono for the pic, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the approval, Tom.
I would love a ride on that.
Ayush Basu: And I think you would enjoy it, Michael.
I like seeing the adverts, and the tram looks cool.
Ayush Basu: They appealed highly to me, Larry. I could not think of one single thing I disliked about HK trams.

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