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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #1841
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LCQ9: KCRC's rail signalling systems
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Old June 7th, 2007, 01:17 AM   #1842
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The signal system in West Rail is horrible.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #1843
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From news.gov.hk:
Rail merger bill passed

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Legco passes railway merger bill
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Old June 9th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #1844
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Old June 14th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #1845
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KCRC Press Release:
KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR
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Old June 15th, 2007, 04:41 AM   #1846
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Awareness the best route to good behaviour
12 June 2007
South China Morning Post

Ensuring that passengers have a comfortable ride should be the aspiration of every public transport system. This is certainly the case with our railways, which have by-laws to guard against indiscretions such as abusive behaviour, people putting feet on seats and queue-jumping.

They are rules which most commuters - obviously apart from the dozens who have been caught over the years - would not even be aware of. Yet they are in place, known by railway staff and used on occasions when an unruly passenger steps out of line. This does not happen often, if statistics are any guide - or perhaps it is a matter of the rules not being enforced as stringently as they should be. No one was prosecuted for busking on either the MTR or KCR last year and during the same period, no person was found to have put feet on an MTR seat. But this does not mean such acts were not committed.

Awareness and numbers aside, such rules are important to make sure that journeys are as pleasant as possible. With carriages packed at peak hours, it is important that an orderly environment is maintained. This is why the issue consumed so much of the discussion among lawmakers last week as they were considering the bill for the merging of the two rail operations. The behaviour by-laws for the two railways are uneven, with penalties for infringements on the KCR considerably higher.

That the MTR has decided that its lower penalties should apply for the merged operations is not problematic. More important should be the creation of a travelling public that is aware of the by-laws and abides by them.

Fortunately, Hong Kong people have learned the rules of public transport etiquette well. But, as in every society, there is always a small minority who do not know how to behave properly. Signs and announcements telling such people of the correct behaviour during commuting - and the penalties faced if warnings are ignored - will go a long way towards creating the right environment.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #1847
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Old June 16th, 2007, 05:24 AM   #1848
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MTR Press Release:
New Neighbours Arrive at MTR Heng Fa Chuen Station
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Old June 16th, 2007, 10:57 PM   #1849
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Airport Express

Anyone here ever had in-town check-in of their baggage at the MTR stations in HK or Kowloon? Well, I have, and I was wondering how does the baggage get transported to the airport? I mean, I don't think it is placed onto the Airport Express passenger train itself since where would it be stored? Instead, I believe there is a separate cargo train that runs every so often to transport baggage. Can anyone confirm this?
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Old June 17th, 2007, 03:13 AM   #1850
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Anyone here ever had in-town check-in of their baggage at the MTR stations in HK or Kowloon? Well, I have, and I was wondering how does the baggage get transported to the airport? I mean, I don't think it is placed onto the Airport Express passenger train itself since where would it be stored? Instead, I believe there is a separate cargo train that runs every so often to transport baggage. Can anyone confirm this?
One carriage (at one end) on each Airport Express train is designed to carry the checked-in luggage. It is the carriage that does not have any windows.

There are machines at several Airport Express stations similar to those used in airports used to move luggage around and on and off the train.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #1851
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One carriage (at one end) on each Airport Express train is designed to carry the checked-in luggage. It is the carriage that does not have any windows.

There are machines at several Airport Express stations similar to those used in airports used to move luggage around and on and off the train.
So that's how it works...thanks!
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Old June 19th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #1852
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New operator for London railway
Transport for London has revealed a new operator for part of London's suburban railway system.
The North London Railway, currently operated by Silverlink Metro, will be run by Hong Kong firm MTR and construction firm Laing.

They will take over the North London Line in November under the new name London Overground.

It will combine with a revamped East London Line in 2010 to provide improved services ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Privatisation disaster

"This is the first part of the grand plan to transform the suburban railway network," said a TfL spokesman.

The second phase of the project will involve rebuilding the East London Tube Line in a £1bn upgrade.

The line - which runs from Shoreditch to New Cross - will be closed from December so that work can begin to extend the line north to Highbury and south to West Croydon and Clapham Junction.

Once tied into services on the London Overground, the new network will serve 20 of the capital's 33 boroughs with high-frequency metro style services.

TfL boast the new network will bring far-reaching improvements including more staff, new trains, a vastly upgraded service, and refurbished and new stations.

While it will retain control over fares and revenue, critics say it smacks of privatisation.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers, said: "However it is dressed up, this announcement means that the operations of London Underground are now being dragged down the same failed path of privatisation that has already so disastrously undermined the national railway network."

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Published: 2007/06/19 10:09:40 GMT
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Old June 19th, 2007, 06:07 PM   #1853
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So which cities' subway/tube/MTR/MRT are operating by HK's MTR Corp. after this London one?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #1854
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"London Overground" What a very inventive name. But I hope MTRC will one day take over New York City's Subway system-it definitely could use its management.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #1855
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MTR operates in
London
Several cities in China
Consultations in Sydney for RailCorp/Cityrail
Ticketing for Netherlands, Shenzhen
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:55 AM   #1856
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With London deal, MTR arrives
20 June 2007
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's MTR Corporation has at last achieved its ambition of a foothold in European rail operations - winning its first management contract, worth £700 million (HK$10.8 billion), to run services in London.

It will operate a new London Overground franchise in the British capital for seven years, from November, in a 50:50 joint venture with British firm Laing Rail.

London Overground will run 107.2km of rail lines serving west, north and east London. One is still to be built. The lines carry, or will carry, heavy commuter traffic, and will serve the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Hong Kong's biggest rail operator has been trying for years to grow beyond its mature and competitive home market and win business in the deregulated mainland and European markets.

"Winning this franchise is an important step in the development in the MTR's European growth strategy," said Francis Lung, head of the MTR's China and international business. He said the MTR Corp would continue seeking investment opportunities - primarily management contracts like the London deal - in other parts of the UK and Europe.

The MTR-Laing joint venture was one of four bidders in the running for the London Overground franchise.

An MTR Corp spokeswoman said it would earn a management fee out of the £700 million contract, which covers the maintenance and operating costs of London Overground.

She declined to reveal the fee, but pointed to an industry benchmark of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of the contract sum. Assuming a 5 per cent margin, the MTR Corp's 50 per cent stake in the joint venture is expected to earn it HK$271 million over seven years at current exchange rates.

"It is a low-risk, low-cost project," she said. "We will learn more from London's experience and expertise in operating rail systems."

Although the franchise will generate limited income, it marks an intriguing chapter in MTR history. British engineers built much of its 91km subway network.

On the mainland, where the returns are higher, but so are the risks, the MTR Corp is building and will operate subway lines in Shenzhen and Beijing. To hedge risk, it is also seeking management contracts in Europe. It is waiting for the outcome of a bid for a franchise to run services linking Denmark and Sweden across the Oresund Strait.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #1857
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MTR pipes in soothing sounds to help ease stress of city living
27 June 2007
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The MTR Corp started playing soft music in concourses at its stations yesterday as part of a service to help passengers relieve stress.

All 53 MTR station concourses have started broadcasting music following a pilot scheme in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai stations. The company said passengers had reacted favourably to the music.

But the soothing sounds were so soft few passengers could hear them at Quarry Bay station.

Passenger and beautician Angela Ng Wing-ki, 25, from Tung Chung, said she did not hear music in Quarry Bay and did not know about the broadcasts. But she said "many people would find it acceptable".

MTR spokeswoman Claudia Ho said only soft music without vocals would be played, but she declined to name the tunes or say whether they would be mostly classical or popular hits.

MTR head of operations Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man said the music broadcasts aimed to provide a more comfortable journey for passengers.

"As life in Hong Kong is busy, we hope we can make our passengers more relaxed and moderate their nervousness," he said.

At this stage, there is no plan to broadcast music on train platforms but "we will listen to the passengers' response and we will further decide on the next step", Mr Lau said.

KCRC spokesman Siu Kam-hang said at this stage the company had no plan to offer a similar service.

Meanwhile, from now until the end of the year, volunteers from a community college under the Polytechnic University will help passengers by giving directions, helping them to buy tickets and add value to Octopus cards. Most participants major in tourism, hotel management and marketing at the college.

The volunteer programme follows an ongoing service in which students from 18 primary schools work on trains to encourage passengers to give seats to the elderly and disabled.
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They do that at some stations here, apparently it stops chavs from loitering.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 07:44 AM   #1859
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KCRC Creative Train Website (Sorry for Chinese Only):
http://www.kcrc.com.hk/html/eng/arch...art_train.html

Some Photo Gallaries:
External Train Design for KCR East Rail Train

Internal Train Design for KCR East Rail Train 1

Internal Train Design for KCR East Rail Train 2

External Train Design for KCR West Rail Train

Internal Train Design for KCR West Rail Train
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Horrible. They are too artsy for a train compartment.
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