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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:00 AM   #2841
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I like the concept, but since most of the MTR is underground anyways- you would be staring at the catenary cables and the ceiling...
Not if it is the KCR (I mean the East Rail and West Rail), Tung Chung Line, Airport Express and the Disney line, 50% or more of the alignment is open air.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:05 AM   #2842
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Whoa - the computer sim for the train simulator they use looks a lot like the HK routes for BVE!
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Old November 24th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #2843
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Trapped tourist endures platform gap ordeal
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Thousands of MTR users were either stranded or forced to take alternative transport at lunchtime yesterday after an elderly tourist got her leg stuck in the platform gap at Admiralty station.

It was the second such incident in two weeks. The woman, a Briton surnamed Downey, 75, was helping her husband, who was using a walking stick, out of the Chai Wan-bound train around 12.50pm when she stepped into the 10-centimeter gap and let out a scream of pain.

Other passengers quickly pressed the emergency button as the woman tried in vain to free her leg. By the time emergency services arrived, her knee was beginning to swell and turn red.

Downey was given oxygen as the firemen used emergency equipment to widen the gap. It took six to seven minutes before the woman was freed and taken to Queen Mary Hospital where she was treated before being discharged in the afternoon.

Train services between Sheung Wan and Wan Chai were suspended for 25 minutes, resuming at 1.15pm.

"The gap was not too large. It was my fault. I thought I was stepping onto the platform but I wasn't," Downey said.

Her husband is a former British civil servant and the couple had spent five years in Hong Kong 20 years ago. They returned last week to visit friends and have since used the MTR frequently. Downey said they had visited a friend and were returning to their hotel when the accident happened.

Several elderly passengers have, in the past, complained about the wide gaps at several stations, p
articularly at Kowloon Tong.

But an MTR spokesman said gap fillers had been installed at all stations along the Island, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O and Tsuen Wan lines as well as the Airport Express.

The fillers can hold the weight of an adult but cannot completely fill the gap as a space is necessary to accommodate trains in motion, he added.

Extendable gap fillers have been installed at Lo Wu station in a trial scheme. If successful, it will be expanded to cover other East Rail line stations.

On November 10, a 79-year-old woman broke her right foot when she stepped into a gap at Mong Kok East station.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #2844
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Old November 29th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #2845
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Nice pics of WR depot. As a child I had trapped my foot at a light rail platform in Yuen Long, but I quickly got it out.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #2846
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MTR's subsidiary, MTM (Metro Trains Melbourne) starts operation in Melbourne tomorrow!
Exciting times ahead!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:36 AM   #2847
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Station gaps cause an injury every 2 days
3 December 2009
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Every two days a passenger on the MTR system is injured by having a foot or leg caught in the gap between the station platform and the train, says Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng.

Nearly 30 per cent, or 202 cases, took place on platforms equipped with platform-gap fillers.

In 2007, 66 of the accidents took place on platforms equipped with platform-gap fillers. The figure was 70 last year and 66 in the first 10 months of this year.

Cheng said that when studying the feasibility of fitting automatic platform gates on platforms along the East Rail Line, MTR Corporation officials had found that gaps were relatively wide at some stations with curved platforms.

Installing automatic platform gates might make it harder to see the wide platform gaps, she said, and therefore the corporation first had to conduct a trial on the mechanical gap-filler system.

The trial of the mechanical gap-filler system, which was staged at Lo Wu station, ended in October, and the MTR was now analysing test data to assess its performance and implications for train services, Cheng said. A comprehensive review is due to be completed by the end of this year or early next year.

Cheng said the MTR had decided to fit automatic platform gates at eight above-ground stations, despite it being more difficult to fit the gates at such stations.

The stations are Kwai Fong, Kwai Hing, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong, Chai Wan and Heng Fa Chuen.

Installation will be completed by the end of 2011.

She said the MTR had also engaged 500 staff during peak hours across all station platforms to help passengers with boarding and alighting, and to maintain order.

On November 23, a 75-year-old British tourist was injured when she stepped from her carriage into a 10cm gap between her train and the platform at Admiralty MTR station and became trapped.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 03:07 PM   #2848
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Old December 4th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #2849
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Station gaps cause an injury every 2 days
3 December 2009
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Every two days a passenger on the MTR system is injured by having a foot or leg caught in the gap between the station platform and the train, says Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng.

Installing automatic platform gates might make it harder to see the wide platform gaps, she said, and therefore the corporation first had to conduct a trial on the mechanical gap-filler system.
Seriously? Wow...this doesn't even happen here with all the trips taken here...

Speaking of the mechanical gap filling system-check out Union Square's version. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...exAve_14St.jpg
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Old December 4th, 2009, 05:18 AM   #2850
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Seriously? Wow...this doesn't even happen here with all the trips taken here...

Speaking of the mechanical gap filling system-check out Union Square's version. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...exAve_14St.jpg
Ye, the system in Union Square is pretty cool, especially when you see the train swing by those corner perfectly without hitting the platform.
But as it ages... the grate thing works pretty scarily and extremely dirty.

I think the curvature at Union Square is probably much tighter than those along East Rail, i.e. wider platform.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #2851
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I feel like I've seen this picture like in the original MTR thread a few years back...lol
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Old December 11th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #2853
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Does anyone have photos of this gap-filler in Sheung Shui?
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Old December 17th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #2854
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World first for MTR in using thermal imaging for repairs
2 December 2009
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The MTR Corporation has become the first company in the world to use thermal imaging technology for railway maintenance.

The Thermovision Camera System was one of the machines on show when the MTR Corp opened the doors of its E-Lab in Tsuen Wan to the media yesterday.

E-Lab, which came into operation this year, is one of the largest railway-linked electronic laboratories in the world.

Its 150 engineers and technical support staff are responsible for the maintenance of all electronic equipment used throughout the MTR network, including the Airport Express and Light Rail lines.

Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui, chief of operations engineering for MTR Corp, explained the usefulness of the camera in relation to the electronic cards - some as complex as minicomputers - in use throughout the system in air conditioning, train door operations and communication systems.

When the cards develop problems, the thermal camera is one machine used to inspect them and diagnose the trouble. Based on the principle that electric currents generate heat, the machine creates images that indicate a range of temperatures using different colours, Kam said.

When a working electronic card is placed next to a malfunctioning one under the camera, defects can be identified easily by spotting the differences in colour. This method is seventy-five per cent faster than the old method, which involved checking voltages at different points on the cards, Kam said.

Before the work was consolidated at the Tsuen Wan depot, electronics maintenance was done at various depots across the network.

"We concentrate [our work] in Tsuen Wan mainly to pool our expertise, resources and experiences in order to increase the reliability of the entire network," said Kam.

E-Lab also has a temperature chamber that recreates the high temperatures at which electronic cards normally operate. As the temperature in the chamber increases, a malfunction can be identified if the card placed inside stops working before reaching 60 or 70 degrees Celsius.
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Station gaps cause an injury every 2 days
3 December 2009
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Every two days a passenger on the MTR system is injured by having a foot or leg caught in the gap between the station platform and the train, says Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng.

Nearly 30 per cent, or 202 cases, took place on platforms equipped with platform-gap fillers.

In 2007, 66 of the accidents took place on platforms equipped with platform-gap fillers. The figure was 70 last year and 66 in the first 10 months of this year.

Cheng said that when studying the feasibility of fitting automatic platform gates on platforms along the East Rail Line, MTR Corporation officials had found that gaps were relatively wide at some stations with curved platforms.

Installing automatic platform gates might make it harder to see the wide platform gaps, she said, and therefore the corporation first had to conduct a trial on the mechanical gap-filler system.

The trial of the mechanical gap-filler system, which was staged at Lo Wu station, ended in October, and the MTR was now analysing test data to assess its performance and implications for train services, Cheng said. A comprehensive review is due to be completed by the end of this year or early next year.

Cheng said the MTR had decided to fit automatic platform gates at eight above-ground stations, despite it being more difficult to fit the gates at such stations.

The stations are Kwai Fong, Kwai Hing, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon Bay, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong, Chai Wan and Heng Fa Chuen.

Installation will be completed by the end of 2011.

She said the MTR had also engaged 500 staff during peak hours across all station platforms to help passengers with boarding and alighting, and to maintain order.

On November 23, a 75-year-old British tourist was injured when she stepped from her carriage into a 10cm gap between her train and the platform at Admiralty MTR station and became trapped.
This, inspite of the sing-song, "Please, mind the gap!" Really, are there other viable solutions to these problems? 10 centimeters seem to be a bit too wide.
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This, inspite of the sing-song, "Please, mind the gap!" Really, are there other viable solutions to these problems? 10 centimeters seem to be a bit too wide.
The gap is generally smaller and such large gaps only occur where the station platform is curved, such as at Admiralty.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:55 AM   #2858
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MTR Press Release:
New Light Rail Vehicles Commence Passenger Service
MTR Enhances Train Service for Christmas and New Year
New Entrances (to iSquare) at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Opened
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Driving school fears invasion of trucks from building of railway
23 December 2009
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A motoring school fears learner drivers' safety will be put at risk when a loading dock for trucks carrying construction waste is opened near its office.

The Hong Kong School of Motoring is also worried that demand for its services will fall when more than 100 trucks a day compete for road space with the learners when work begins in 2011.

The trucks will be going to a barge bay near the motoring school to be loaded with waste from work on the South Island Line.

The move is another blow to the school's Hong Kong Island branch in Ap Lei Chau, which has seen enrolments drop 18 per cent to 8,400 last year since it left its more accessible Wong Chuk Hang site in 2006 to make way for the MTR extension between South Horizon and Admiralty.

The school's chief executive, Taurus Leung Ying-kwan, said it was not just a business issue.

"Small-size learner vehicles and motorbikes do not travel alongside big trucks under international protocols because, given the trucks' size, drivers are not always aware of our existence and there will be safety concerns," he said.

The school agreed to move to Ap Lei Chau three years ago, which was the only available site at the time. But space for learning and testing, at 2km of road, is inadequate. The site is also split into two areas.

The Ap Lei Chau school's market share on Hong Kong Island fell from 80 per cent in 2006 to 70 per cent last year, although its passing rate remained above 70 per cent.

"The government said three years ago it would find a new site for us soon; now three years has passed and it hasn't even come close to have some suggestions," Leung said.

The school has been eyeing seven sites in Chai Wan. Most of them are now used as temporary car parks, but the Transport and Housing Bureau has said those sites are already reserved for other uses.

A bureau spokesman said the number of trucks that will travel on Lee Nam Road will be minimised because a conveyor belt would be built in a tube to transfer material directly from the rail link's worksites to the dumping ground.

The bureau promised to continue to look for alternative locations to house the driving school. It said contingency measures would be introduced to help reduce the effect of the trucks on the school, indicating chances were slim that the school would be able to move out of Ap Lei Chau when work on the link begins in 2011. The long-awaited seven-kilometre extension, designed to ease Southern District's peak-hour traffic, is expected to be finished in 2015.
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