This video programme reviews the current ‘electric’ scene in Hong Kong. It features the traditional trams on Hong Kong island, the Light Rail System at Tuen Mun in the New Territories and we get a tantalising glimpse of the newly converted Dennis Dragon of Citybus - into a Trolleybus.
Starting with the Hong Kong trams we see them in operation in Central, Happy Valley and Shau Kei Wan. There are rides on the trams, and we also sample a ride on one of three new trams that are starting to enter service.
There is a brief visit to Whitty Street depot, where we get a view of the new air conditioned tram that has recently taken part in trials on the system.Our cameras then move onto Tuen Mun in the New Territories to film the modern trams on the Light Rail System. This is the busiest LRT system in the world, and it is easy to see how popular these clean and efficient trams are as we travel on them and follow them to various points on the system. One such place is Yuen Long, a very busy town - where the trams run on a reserved track through the centre of the main street, surrounded by buses! The buses are covered in detail on another video ‘HONG KONG BUSES UPDATE 2002’.
The third aspect of this video is the new trolleybus that is being developed by Citybus. We were able to film the vehicle, a converted Duple Metsec 10.3 metre Dennis Dragon 701 (GD 1492), on its special ‘track’ at Ocean Park.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 50 Minutes