Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR East Rail), Hongkong.
The Kowloon - Canton Railway (now the KCR East Rail), a conventional railway, was opened in 1910. At that time, KCR trains could run only on the British Section. services were disrupted by the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong during the Second World War. In 1951 through-train freight services resumed, but through-train passenger services did not resume again until 1979. Trains were initially steam hauled, but diesel trains were gradually introduced in the 1950s and by 1962 had replaced all steam trains. In 1974 a 10-year investment programme was started to double-track and electrify the railway On 16 July 1983 the use of diesel trains ceased for domestic passenger services. Diesel trains are, however, still used today to haul freight.