Hong Kong Tramways: Across the City, Across the Century

I S B N:

Be it the passing scenery,

Or the collective memory that has always accompanied us,

“Ding Ding” not only brings with it the road travelled by the Hong Kong people across the century,

But also carries the traditional culture and the spirit of Hong Kong.


The author has collected more than 200 precious photos and relevant literature

To concisely and gently present the history of tram development And little known trivia on the production and anecdotes.

Most of the photos in the book have never been published,

Aiming to share with tram fans and like-minded friends

On both the history of and the tenderness one gets from the love of trams.




Development of Trams in Hong Kong


1900s-1920s Early Tram Service in Hong Kong  

The Birth of Trams in Hong Kong

Commencement of Tram Service

Early Tram Style, Operation and Charges

Trendy Mode of Transport


1920s- 1930s The Development After Relocation of Headquarters to Hong Kong   

Change of Ownership of Hong Kong Tramways

Change of Tram Style

Abortive Kowloon Tramway Proposal

Operating Bus Service


1940s Trams during Japanese Occupation    

Japanese Occupation

Post-Japanese Surrender


1947-1950s Post-War Recovery Period    

The fifth-generation tramcars

North Point Terminus Commenced Service

Causeway Bay Depot

Reappearance of Tramcar Body Advertisements


1960s Emergence of single deck trailer    

Emergence of tramcars with Single Deck Trailers

Identifying a Tramcar with a Decker

Withdrawal of Tramcars with Single deck Trailers


1970s–1980s Tram Reform Period     

Acquisition by New Company and Reform

Phasing Out of North West New Territories Tram System

Second Tram Overturning Accident

Second “Tram Killing Crisis” and Solution

Large-Scale Tram Renovation

Classic Trams

Minor Amendments to Routes

“Massive Relocation” of Depots


1990s Coastal Line Proposal Shelved   


2000s–PRESENT Trams After Millennium    

Millennium Trams

Centenary of Trams in Hong Kong

Changing Hands of Management

Birth of Seventh-Generation Trams

Carrying our Culture and Life Stories


FUTURE  Facing Challenges Stepping into a New Era 

What Should Be the Future of Trams in Hong Kong?

Fierce and Competitive Operation Environment

Drop in Patronage

Hong Kong Trams are Outdated? Trams Abroad are Advanced!

Is there any Rooms for Development of Trams?

It Is Worth Thinking about the Past and the Future


Trams with You & Me for a Centenary


Appendix    Traction engineering





Eric Tsun-lung Lee

Lee was born as a Post-‘80s and a huge fan of trams. He has been in love with trams since young and devoted himself to conducting research on and collecting tram-related literature and photos from the past. Recently, he has established “Hong Kong Trams Enthusiast (Tram Friends)” to promote trams. Due to his deep understanding of the tram development in Hong Kong, Lee is often invited to press interviews, organize exhibitions, and speak at meetings of clubs and associations to share his rich knowledge of trams. At the end of 2013, Lee opened the first museum “Hong Kong Trams Station” at the Peak Galleria, sharing his comprehensive collection with the public.


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