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The Peak Tram
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The Peak Tram

The Peak Tramway is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. It provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

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Route

The Peak Tram runs from the Central business district to Victoria Peak, and it has four request stops in between to serve local residents. The track is about 1,365 metres long and the tram takes seven minutes to reach The Peak.

The lower terminus station is located in Central on Garden Road. The original building was rebuilt into St. John's Building, with the tram terminus at the ground level. The upper terminus is located as part of the Peak Tower complex at Victoria Gap.

The stations on the Peak Tram route are:

  • Cotton Tree Drive Terminal (St. John's Building)
  • Kennedy Road
  • Macdonnell Road
  • May Road
  • Barker Road
  • Peak Terminal

History

The Peak Tram first opened for public service in 1888, at which time it used a static steam engine to power the haulage cable. In 1926 the steam engine was replaced by an electric motor. In 1989 the system was comprehensively rebuilt, with new track, a computerized control system and new two-car trams with a capacity of 120 passengers per tram.

Technology

The Peak Tram is quick and safe since the tram is computer-controlled with an automatic system check on all safety devices before its journey begins. It is environmentally friendly as well due to its microprocessor-controlled electric drive system.

At the track's steepest point, the cars run at an angle of 27 degrees to the horizontal. Few self-powered vehicles can climb such steep incline if not pulled by a cable.

The rail gauge the Peak Tram is using is 1520 mm.

Fleet Data

  • First Generation cars (1888) - wooden car
  • Third Generation cars (1956) - all metal
  • Gangloff 2X2 cars (1989)

See also

External link

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