Hong Kong Tramways
• Hong Kong Tramways
Today I will discuss the best tram on earth. Far away, on an island, washed by the South China Sea, in 1904, people built a tram line and started on her tram-dabldekery - double-decker carriages with two lounges, one above the other. Today, after more than 100 years, the Hong Kong Tram is one of the oldest forms of public transport in Hong Kong, as well as the cheapest and most romantic option of transportation around the island.
The Hong Kong tram - the only tram system in the world used exclusively dabldekery.
Who said that it is impossible to build a tram on a wheeled trolley?
And how it is possible, and even floors.
In comparison with traditional trams in dabldekera has its pluses and minuses.
- Large passenger capacity with a relatively small length.
- Better control of fare collection.
- Maneuverability and dynamics better than y-articulated trams harmonicas.
- The convenience to passengers, since more seats.
- Most of the time loading and unloading of passengers.
- Higher operating costs due to more complex structures.
- Entrance to the upper floor by the stairs, which is inconvenient for the elderly, passengers with prams, disabled persons.
- Routes limited clearance overpasses, catenary and other obstacles.
Entrance to the tram through the rear doors. Login quite close due to the turnstiles, which (as I understand) consider the number of incoming passengers. From wheelchair tram to do nothing.
The lower "deck" and the staircase to the top.
The lower salon considerably less than the upper. Seats facing each other, like the subway.
The second floor is more spacious. In the middle of the cabin seats are installed in the course of the movement, on stairwells are two "sofa". Front and rear windows down, giving an opportunity for photographers to take the city without reflections.
Output is through the front door. When you exit I pay Octopus card (the card I wrote about here) or in cash through a special machine, which does not give change. Travel costs only 10 rubles. For children up to 12 years - 5 rubles. For people 65 years old and more - 4 rubles.
All routes pass through the center of the island. As used duplex historical carriages 30s as rolling. Also available in small quantities and modern cars, which are, however, fully replicate a historical. A total of six lines are about 160 trams. Only 128 route running carriages are air-conditioned and there are only a few pieces.
Almost all the stops island type and occupy a minimum of space on the sidewalk. Each has its own lighting. On the roof are installed in addition to advertising signs with the name of the stop to the upper floors of the passengers saw where we arrived.
The tram line is located on the island between the districts of Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town with a branch to Happy Valley. In the diagram displayed the coastline of the island, the main city facilities, subway stations and ferries, as well as the schedule of routes. After scanning the QR-code, it is possible to know the time of arrival the next three trams and their numbers. Indicative timetable of trams from 5:30 am to 0:30.
This stop is set on the sidewalk with a width of one meter. In fact, such a stop - it is only with the roof bars. Wall is stretched fabric banner advertising.
Today in Hong Kong, just 123 tram stops.
The average range of motion of trams in rush hour - 90 seconds.
Most trams completely covered with advertising. Even worse, they do not get from this, unlike our Moscow coloring.
The maximum rail speed - 40-50 km / h.
Trams in Hong Kong have not only a transport function, but also are well-deserved landmark.
Tram stops are fairly close to each other. At a distance of 250-300 meters. Every day, six 240 thousand people use the tram routes. The maximum number of passengers for a tram - 115 people.
The locals love the trams called Tinker Dinyami ( "DingDing") because of the sound of a bell, which is published by the driver when approaching a bus stop and in the administration.
You will be in Hong Kong, be sure to take a ride on the second floor of the city at night.
A few words about the buses. They are not as interesting as the tram, but comfortable and walking around Hong Kong. On routes used mainly two-storey rolling stock equipped with air conditioning. All routes are strictly abide by the schedule, comfortable stopping points and a single fare system.
An example of a large bus station for several dozen routes.
to expect passengers do not overlap the narrow sidewalk, some stops placed special zagonchik.
Sometimes the stop looks like. Each room has its own private place.
In these schemes more difficult to understand. Tourists definitely need to know the number of your bus and the name of the stop.
Input and travel costs is made through the front door. The fare is higher than the tram and depends on the length of the route.
I do not know, do riders extreme driving course, but in the city they rush with insane speed.
Most places seating. In the central part of the ground floor has a cumulative area and a place for fixing a wheelchair. All buses are low-floor. The lounge offers free vayfay.
The output is located opposite the stairs to the second floor.
The second floor. It operates television and air conditioning. In total, about 600 bus routes operating in Hong Kong.
Before you go on the bus, it is better to study the scheme of movement or the right to know the local route number and the name of the stop. The tram can safely travel without training - small routes and all of them are along the Victoria harbor.