Visit to the Airport Railway was being under construstion - 9th Sept, 1997
In June & September of 1997, the former p/way enginner Mr. Mike Baxter of MTRC arranged two visits of Airport Railway for us when the airport railway was still under construction. We visited the main depot in Siu Ho Wan and temporary depot in Mei Foo. In between the two locations, we had walked alone the tracks in Tsing Ma Bridge for around two and half hours. The 2nd visit report is being as below.
In 9th September of 1997, we had a group of 18 members visit to Mei Foo temporary depot in the early of morning. Mr. Mike Baxter had presented the layout of tracks first. We had visited all facilities after his presentation.
When we left Mei Foo depot, we took a minibus of MTRC to the entrance of tracks at Tsing Yi. We started to walk alone the tracks in Tsing Ma Bridge.
When we arrived at Lantau Island by walking, we took the minibus again to Siu Ho Wan depot. Mr. Mike Baxter had led us to visit so many facilities in depot. Meantime, we had chanced to saw the new EMUs unloading and test running.
We greatly appreciate the arrangement by Mr. Mike Baxter for
both visits as well as our chairman Mr. CK Poon and all committee members.
Inside the Temporary Depot in Mei Foo
|Mr. Mike Baxter had presented the design and layout of new rails||Our members listen and wrote some notes|
|The parts of roadbed||Parts of roadbeds storage area|
|Measurment of rails assemble on roadbed||Parts of switches storage area|
|Small running shed||Small diesel loco parking outside of running shed|
|The work train parking inside running shed||Loading guage limit|
|Small loading/unloading yard||We were walking to yard|
|Some work trains parking in the yard
||We visit some facilities inside the yard
Walked alone on track in Tsing Ma Bridge
|We went inside the track from Tsing Yi site||We walk alone the track to Tsing Ma Bridge|
|At starting point of Tsing Ma Bridge, we found an extendable track||An overhead wires was still under laying|
|The bottom of bridge could be seeing through from the net||The track had laid on bottom of bridge|
|At top centre, the sunlight can come inside the bridge||This darker area is the bridge tower|
|We walk alone on emergency path beside the track||Some different when we bypassed Ma Wan Island section|
|We also walk alone on emergency path beside the track in Ma Wan section||Tracks and roadbeds laid on blocks in Ma Wan section|
|Then, we bypasseded Kap Shui Mun Bridge||We arrived the Lantau Island|
|We took group photos at the end of Kap Shui Mun Bridge||We walk alone on track in Lantau Island section|
|Inside the single track tunnel||This is connecting point between tunnel and normal track|
|Entrance of tunnels in Yam O, Lantau Island||We walk alone on track also.|
|We waited for minibus at the curve and looking for any train
The main depot in Siu Ho Wan, Lantau Island.
|The cleaning machine outside the new depot||Control room of cleaning machines and other offices|
|Track maintance car||Inside the new depot|
|Work train parking outside of new depot||We walk to peir at another corner of depot area|
|New TCL train waited to push back to depot||New coach landing at pier|
|New TCL coach||Train push to depot|
|New trains parking area||New AEL train|
|New train test running||Total 7 coaches|
Nearby Tsing Yi Station and Rambler Channel Bridge
|The Rambler Channel Bridge with four tracks||The bridge connected to Tsing Yi Station|
|Working vehicle on the bridge||We found 3 tunnels at Tsing Yi Island. The lower tunnel is only for emergency parking|
|The connection point between the bridge and Lai King viaduct track|
Nearby Lai King Station and Olympic Station
|Work vehicle on viaduct track at Lai King||One work train bypassed Lai King Station|
|The track laid on the ground near Olympic Station||We found the highspeed switch near Olympic Station also|
|Olympic Station||At Olympic Station, we saw the tunnel which go to Kowloon
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Reported by Tony Lou
Committee of Hong Kong Railway Society