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Old October 19th, 2004, 05:46 PM   #301
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Thanks ailiton and superchan 7

I was made up this line of KCR to MTR
Rolling stock is using of Korea or Japan ??
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Old October 19th, 2004, 07:37 PM   #302
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Photos by ATE 4 from a Hong Kong transport forum :

East Tsim Sha Tsui Station



















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Old October 19th, 2004, 07:51 PM   #303
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There are more photos of the new East Tsim Sha Tsui station in this usbsection's KCR thread.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 09:16 PM   #304
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Nice pics! But took a long time to load.

What do the dotted lines on the East Rail Line Map mean? The ones with the word ''Racecourse'' on it...
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Old October 19th, 2004, 10:16 PM   #305
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The dotted line via Racecourse is not normally used. Trains only route through there on racing days.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 11:24 PM   #306
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New set of East Rail announcements:

http://www.ushb.net/broadcast/ER/ER-1900.htm

The voice of the Madarin lady sounds extremely annoying.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 12:01 AM   #307
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WOW! Nice stations! Hey its open already? so technically Hong Hom is no longer the last station now right?
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Old October 20th, 2004, 02:01 AM   #308
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The extension opens on October 24th. Eventually the line will be extended to link up with West Rail at Nam Cheong. Technical feasibility studies are under way for the alignment right now.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:05 AM   #309
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The rolling stock is from Kinki Sharyo. My favourite feature is the hidden wheels. The trains are very quiet from outside.

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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:26 AM   #310
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Is the Station opened already? It looks like it is...

Why is there a First Class section for a subway?

You pay a little more so you can sit at a cushioned comfy seat without being squished like regular compartments during rush hours. Believe me you do not want to be with those people during 5-7pm, its PACKED.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:28 AM   #311
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They are from Japan and this designed is only for KCR
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:53 AM   #312
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Same where some route in Japan, JR applied
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:28 AM   #313
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I've seen in movies how MTR trains can be very very packed...but never thought that even suburban services can be that packed...no wonder trains in HK have like 8 or more carriages...

Whats the first class fare like in comparison with normal fares? The first class section is always not that crowded?

''Your attention please, as the train ahead has not aparted,
we shall remain here for a short while, we appologize for any inconvinence''
- This announcement sounds very nice. The chinese one in it sounds very soothing, not sharp as with all the other chinese announcements...
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:30 AM   #314
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First class fare is double.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:48 AM   #315
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The East Rail line carries more than 0.8 million passengers per day. So of course it is packed.
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Are the double fares worth it? And so daily commuters use it?
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:55 AM   #317
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Are the double fares worth it? And so daily commuters use it?
I've only travelled on first class once so I can't really answer this question.

And yes, many daily commuters (as well as cross-border passengers) use this service.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 01:55 PM   #318
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Are the double fares worth it? And so daily commuters use it?
If you dont want to stand and prefer to sit, first class is the way to go.
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Old October 21st, 2004, 01:00 AM   #319
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No penalties for MTRC over service delays
Michael Ng, HK Standard

The government has no plan as yet to impose penalties on the MTR Corporation (MTRC) following a spate of disruptions in recent weeks, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao said.

In a Legislative Council question-and-answer session on Wednesday, Democrat lawmaker Andrew Cheng said the MTRC's performance had dropped to a "very unacceptable'' level with the total for train service suspensions reaching 1,160 minutes in the past three months.

"I think the government must consider introducing a new service evaluation mechanism, rather than only relying on the 99.5 per cent train service accuracy rate as their sole standard to evaluate MTRC's performance,'' he said. "The present mechanism can not reflect the facts [of their train service] as we need to assess their fault rate.''

Pro-government lawmaker Lau Kong-wah, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) said Liao should apply powers she has, under the Mass Transit Railway Ordinance, and advise Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and the Executive Council to impose penalties on the MTRC for poor performance.

Liao conceded that 1,160 minutes of suspensions was a significant figure and reflected "abnormal conditions''. However, she gave no direct response on whether the government planned to penalise the operator.

She said it was better to focus on safety and to order the operator to conduct immediate measures to satisfy service standards.

"That's why we immediately suggested that the MTRC invite overseas experts to thoroughly investigate the matter,'' she said. "I believe that even if we impose our maximum penalty and cancel their franchise rights, such a passive method would not be the means that citizens want us to take.''

DAB lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung suggested the government hire more professionals for the Railway Inspectorate and Transport Department, to ensure better monitoring of the rail system. But his call was rejected by Liao.

"I believe the MTRC and Kowloon-Canton Railway have employed the largest group of rail professionals among their counterparts in Asia, so it would be unrealistic for us to expand our department into the same size to carry out monitoring,'' she said.

In the past five years, the MTRC has spent HK$2 billion on maintenance and upgrades, including replacing its automated train control system, refitting trains, installing platform screen doors and other station improvements.

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Old October 21st, 2004, 02:14 AM   #320
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