History

Since 1904, trams have been running from East to West of Hong Kong Island. Over the last century, Hong Kong Tramways witnessed the development of Hong Kong, and the tram remains an efficient and the most economical mode of public transport in Hong Kong. Today, Hong Kong Tramways owns and operates a fleet of 163 tramcars, including 2 antique tramcars, carrying a daily average of 230,000 passengers. It is the world's largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in service.

Routing

Hong Kong Tramways operates 6 main routes running between Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan everyday from 6:00 to 24:00. Tram service maintains to have a tramcar depart in every 1.5 minutes during peak hours on average. Frequency on all routes will be adjusted to meet traffic's requirement.

Tickets

In the early days, Hong Kong Tramways used to import its tickets from England, except during the Japanese occupation period. After 1967, Hong Kong Tramways printed its tickets locally. Conductor system was introduced in the early days of tram service. 2 conductors would be stationed at each tram for selling ticket on the upper and lower decks. In 1976, drop-in coin-boxes were installed at the trams. Conductors were no longer needed and most of them were trained to become motormen. Conductor system was finally abolished in 1982.

In 1904, tram service had two different classes (first and third, no second class). Both first class and third class tickets were similar in size. The top of the tickets showed the classes while the middle part marked the boarding points.

Today tram fare for adult is HK$2.30, which is very economical compared to other means of transportation. Passengers can either use octopus card or place the coins into the drop-in box.

Generations of Tramcar

A first-generation

with single-deck design (Year 1904)

The second generation

A double-deck tram with open-top (c.1912)

A third-generation

with double-deck and canvas cover (c.1920s)

The fourth-generation

enclosed upper deck design (c.1930)

The fifth-generation

(Year 1949)

Single-deck Trailer

(Year 1960-80)

 
The sixth-generation

(c.1990)

"Millennium" Tram

Aluminum alloy tram body with a modern streamlined appearance. (Year 2000)

The seventh-generation

stop-alert system, LED displays and introducing a new AC motor (Year 2011)



 Special Tramcars

 Tram #120

Hong Kong Tramways purposely preserved a 1949-style Fifth Generation tram, numbered #120, which continues to be in service today. It is uniquely decorated with 8 traditional medicine advertisements on the outside, while the interiors have English-made controls,  rattan seating, and incandescent lighting.

 

 Red Antique Tram #128

Antique tram #128 was built in 1986 to mimick the historic tram's design. The cabin primarily uses red and gold themes, while the top deck's cabin is air-conditioned. The tram can be chartered for parties and advertising.

 

 Green Antique Tram #28

Tram #28 also mimicks the historic style and was built in 1987. Part of the upper deck is open, with sofas and lighting installed so it glows magically at night. This tram is also available for charters and advertising.

 

Hong Kong Tramways Limited

http://www.hktramways.com