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Hong Kong Tramways Centenary


 Photograph courtesy of Jacky Ho
 Photograph courtesy of Matthew Ho

Press Release

Hongkong Tramways Announces Centenary Free Ride Offer and
Sale of Souvenir Ticket Set as its “Designers Series” Tramcars
Make Their Debut Appearance

Hong Kong, July 23, 2004 …… Serving Hong Kong since 1904, Hongkong Tramways celebrates its 100th year of operation this July.  As part of Tramways’ centenary celebration, the company has invited renowned local artists Ms Mary Pandora Cheung, Ah Chung (Mr Yim Yee King) and Mr Water Poon to contribute design concepts for its “Designers Series” Centenary tramcars.  The specially-designed Centenary tramcars, six in total, will be in service on Tramways’ all six main routes from July 28, 2004 and passengers can enjoy free rides on them during a specified period.

Hongkong Tramways’ Centenary tramcars were launched at its Whitty Street Depot earlier today.  Director and General Manager Mr Frankie Yick announced at the ceremony that as a token of thanks for the support of Hong Kong people over the years, the company is offering free rides on these six “Designers Series” Centenary tramcars from 6:00 a.m. to midnight on next Saturday, July 31, the first day it marches into its 101st year of service.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Mr Yick said, “Hongkong Tramways has been serving Hong Kong people and tourists from around the world since 1904.  We hope that both locals and tourists can share our joy at this special occasion when riding on the Centenary tramcars.”

Each of the “Designers Series” Centenary tramcars carries a distinctive style. Ms Cheung’s tramcar was based on her pictures “Lush” and “Petal Songs”, while Mr Poon’s tramcar was based on his Chinese ink paintings “Shen Shen”.  Ah Chung’s tramcar design shares the theme of Tramways’ Centenary Souvenir Ticket Set designed also by himself.  The three eye-catching, exquisitely-designed tramcars will surely catch the attention of the general public when they go into service.

Mr Yick also said that the company will be launching a limited edition Centenary Souvenir Ticket Set tomorrow (Saturday, July 24).  Designed also by Ah Chung, only 5,000 sets of ticket will be issued.  Ah Chung will autograph for the first 100 customers of this collector’s item at 12:00 noon tomorrow at the Happy Valley Tram Terminus.  The ticket set is priced at HK$250 each and Hongkong Tramways will donate HK$10 to Fu Hong Society for each set of ticket sold.

In addition, Hongkong Tramways will organise a Tramways’ Centenary Party at Times Square’s Open Piazza, Causeway Bay at 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 31.  Mr Robert Footman, Commissioner for Transport and Ms Miriam Lau Kin-Yee, GBS, JP, will join Mr Yick to officiate at the celebration party.

On top of all these, Hongkong Tramways has organised a series of commemorative programmes, including the Centenary of Hong Kong Trams special stamps, drawing and photo-taking competitions and free rides for charities and tourists.

 Photograph courtesy of Matthew Ho

 Photograph courtesy of Matthew Ho

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