A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
Exterior view of Austin station
A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
Map of the Kowloon Southern Link before 2021, as part of the West Rail line (in purple)
A Metro Cammell MLR EMU
Kowloon Southern Link construction site in June 2009
SP1900 EMU at Fo Tan station
Sheung Shui station platform
Tai Po Market station concourse
Sha Tin station platform
Now-defunct platform of Hung Hom station, which served as the southern terminus before the extension to Admiralty
First Class area in Hyundai Rotem EMU on the East Rail line

The project was originally proposed and carried out by Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to link the KCR West Rail that terminated at Nam Cheong station to the KCR East Rail at Hung Hom station.

- Kowloon Southern Link

On 16 August 2009, Hung Hom became the southern terminus of both East Rail line and West Rail line after the completion of the Kowloon Southern Link. East Tsim Sha Tsui became an intermediate station on West Rail line (now part of Tuen Ma line).

- East Rail line
A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station

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A West Rail line IKK train arriving at Kam Sheung Road station in June 2008

West Rail line

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Rapid transit line that formed part of the Mass Transit Railway system in Hong Kong until 27 June 2021.

Rapid transit line that formed part of the Mass Transit Railway system in Hong Kong until 27 June 2021.

A West Rail line IKK train arriving at Kam Sheung Road station in June 2008
Long Ping station platform in December 2008
West Rail line Pat Heung Section in November 2009
Appearance of Tsuen Wan West station in January 2010
Hung Hom station Platform 2 in April 2014

It was designed to suburban rail standards similar to that of KCR's first line, now the East Rail line, anticipating freight and intercity services to Mainland China, although the latter role was ultimately superseded by the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong section as part of the China Railway High-speed network.

On 16 August 2009, the Kowloon Southern Link from Nam Cheong to East Tsim Sha Tsui station was opened.

MTR

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Major public transport network serving :Hong Kong.

Major public transport network serving :Hong Kong.

"Preferred system" route map in 1970
Modified Initial System's route map
An Airport Express train
The Tseung Kwan O line was opened in 2002 to serve new housing developments. Pictured is Po Lam station, the northern terminus of the line.
The multiple cross-platform-interchange system between Tiu Keng Leng station and Yau Tong station
A Disneyland Resort line train at Disneyland Resort station
Maritime Square, one of the major properties financing the MTR
MTR's high-speed rail service was launched on 23 September 2018. The image shows an MTR Vibrant Express train at Guangzhou South railway station
The future MTR map once all current projects are completed
Development of Hong Kong's railways (MTR)
Schöma diesel locomotives as used by MTR for work trains
One of the double-decker feeder buses run by KMB
Compartment for new signalling equipment on an MTR train
MTR Headquarters Building, Telford Gardens
Platform screen doors at Tung Chung station
Live art performances in the subway connecting Hong Kong station and Central station
Mainland Chinese parallel traders outside Sheung Shui station
Citizens trying to stop the gate from closing at Kwun Tong station on 24 August 2019, when a protest has just started nearby. They were also demanding the senior management of MTR to come out and provide a valid reason for the closure of stations.
An MTR ticket gate with an Octopus reader
Ticket and add-value machines

After the merger, the MTR network included three more lines—East Rail line, West Rail line, and Ma On Shan line (now the Tuen Ma line)—as well as the light rail network and Guangdong through train to Guangzhou.

Relevant projects include the LOHAS Park spur line (2009), the Kowloon Southern Link (2009), the West Island line (2014), the Kwun Tong line extension (2016), the South Island line (2016) and the Tuen Ma line Phase 1 (2020).

Sha Tin to Central Link

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Extension of the MTR rapid transit network.

Extension of the MTR rapid transit network.

While heavy road traffic on the surface, train tunnel is building underneath at Causeway Bay section
Expansion of City One platform with new platform gates, allowing 8-coach trains to stop
All existing SP1900 EMU trains were transferred to and now operated on the East West Corridor
The R-train will operate on the North South Corridor
The TML C-train will operate on the East West Corridor
The route of the Sha Tin to Central Link, per the 2008 revised proposal

The second section (Phase 2) extended the East Rail line from Hung Hom in Kowloon to Admiralty on Hong Kong Island and opened on 15 May 2022.

This is an updated, more modern version of the Seltrac IS technology already installed on the West Rail line, Ma On Shan line, and Kowloon Southern Link.

Kinki Sharyo SP1950 EMU running on viaduct near

Ma On Shan line

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Rapid transit line that formed part of the Mass Transit Railway system in Hong Kong.

Rapid transit line that formed part of the Mass Transit Railway system in Hong Kong.

Kinki Sharyo SP1950 EMU running on viaduct near
A Ma On Shan line train stopping at Wu Kai Sha station
Platform 2 City One station.
The concourse of the Wu Kai Sha station of the Ma On Shan line
Interior of a passenger car of Ma On Shan line SP1950 train, built by Kinki Sharyo
Walkway connecting Tai Wai station platforms <span style="color:#{{rcr|MTR|East Rail}};">2 and <span style="color:#{{rcr|MTR|Ma On Shan}};">3
Tai Wai depot. Note the KCRC logo of pre-merger times
EMU stopped at Tai Wai station

Coloured brown on the MTR map, the line acted as a branch of the East Rail line that connects the new towns of Sha Tin and Ma On Shan in the northeastern New Territories.

The extension will connect to the West Rail line at Hung Hom and continue on to Tuen Mun station in the northwest New Territories via the current West Rail line and its 2009 extension to Hung Hom).

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation

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Established in 1982 under the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Ordinance for the purposes of operating the Kowloon–Canton Railway (KCR), and to construct and operate other new railways.

Established in 1982 under the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Ordinance for the purposes of operating the Kowloon–Canton Railway (KCR), and to construct and operate other new railways.

KCR tickets
Chart showing net profits of KCR from 1983 to 2014
Chart showing fixed and variable annual payments made to KCRC by MTR
KCRC House in Fo Tan served as corporate headquarters since the building opened in 1995.

In October 2004 the KCR East Rail (now the East Rail line on the MTR network) was extended from Hung Hom station to East Tsim Sha Tsui station, enabling KCR services to return to a location close to the original 1910 KCR terminus.

Known as the Kowloon Southern Link (KSL), the extension, with a new intermediate station at Austin Road, was completed and opened for passenger services on 16 August 2009.

East Tsim Sha Tsui station

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Station of the Mass Transit Railway system of Hong Kong.

Station of the Mass Transit Railway system of Hong Kong.

Concourse in May 2013
Exit J in July 2010
Exit L3 in December 2009
Exit L5 in February 2010
Exit P1 in December 2006 (before the MTR–KCR merger)
Exit J in August 2020
Exit L5 in February 2021
Exit P1 in June 2010

East Tsim Sha Tsui was opened on 24 October 2004 as a southward extension of the KCR East Rail from, symbolising the return of the railway to the Tsim Sha Tsui area after 30 years.

Upon the opening of the MTR Kowloon Southern Link on 16 August 2009, the East Rail line's southern terminus became Hung Hom again (albeit only temporary until the expected opening of Sha Tin to Central Link in 2022), and the tracks between Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui became part of the West Rail line.