A report on East Rail line and Ma On Shan line

A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
Kinki Sharyo SP1950 EMU running on viaduct near
A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
A Ma On Shan line train stopping at Wu Kai Sha station
A Metro Cammell MLR EMU
Platform 2 City One station.
SP1900 EMU at Fo Tan station
The concourse of the Wu Kai Sha station of the Ma On Shan line
Sheung Shui station platform
Interior of a passenger car of Ma On Shan line SP1950 train, built by Kinki Sharyo
Tai Po Market station concourse
Walkway connecting Tai Wai station platforms <span style="color:#{{rcr|MTR|East Rail}};">2 and <span style="color:#{{rcr|MTR|Ma On Shan}};">3
Sha Tin station platform
Tai Wai depot. Note the KCRC logo of pre-merger times
Now-defunct platform of Hung Hom station, which served as the southern terminus before the extension to Admiralty
EMU stopped at Tai Wai station
First Class area in Hyundai Rotem EMU on the East Rail line

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.

- Ma On Shan line

On 28 December 2004, a branch to the East Rail, the Ma On Shan Rail was added, with an interchange at Tai Wai.

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

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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 Tai Wai–Hung Hom segment connected the Ma On Shan line and West Rail line, forming the new Tuen Ma line.

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.

A CRRC Changchun EMU train approaching Hin Keng station

Tuen Ma Line

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

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

A CRRC Changchun EMU train approaching Hin Keng station
Geographically accurate map of the Tuen Ma line
The sign bearing the name "EWL" (東西綫) that was found at Ho Man Tin Station during construction.
View of the new tracks of the Tuen Ma Line connecting the former Ma On Shan and West Rail lines at the southern end of Hung Hom station in 2019.

The Tuen Ma line involves the connection of two former MTR lines, the West Rail line and the Ma On Shan line, via a new stretch of underground railway known as the "Tai Wai to Hung Hom section" (大圍至紅磡段) of the Sha Tin to Central Link project, consisting of 11 km of track and six new intermediate stations.

There are six interchange stations: Tai Wai and Hung Hom with the East Rail line, Diamond Hill and Ho Man Tin with the Kwun Tong line, Nam Cheong with the Tung Chung line and Mei Foo with the Tsuen Wan line.

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.

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.

The West Rail line was served by 33 eight-car MTR SP1900 EMUs built by a Japanese consortium of Kinki Sharyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, of which 22 were originally ordered by KCRC as seven-car trains for the initial opening of the line (the same model was ordered in 12-car and 4-car variants for the East Rail and the original Ma On Shan line, respectively).

East Rail line platforms

Hung Hom station

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Passenger railway station in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Passenger railway station in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

East Rail line platforms
Lobby of Hung Hom station

It is an interchange station between the East Rail line and the Tuen Ma line domestic services of the MTR network, as well as cross-border through trains to mainland China.

The West Rail line was also extended via eastern Kowloon to connect to the former Ma On Shan line, with the combined line being renamed "Tuen Ma line".

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.

In December 2004 Ma On Shan Rail (now the Ma On Shan line on the MTR network) was opened, linking Wu Kai Sha with East Rail at Tai Wai station.

Tai Wai station

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Tai Wai station Concourse in November 2007
Tai Wai station interchange passageway in April 2014

Tai Wai station is an interchange station on the East Rail line and the Tuen Ma line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong.

Since 21 December that year, the station has served as the terminus of the Ma On Shan line (then Ma On Shan Rail), as well as the interchange station between it and the East Rail.

Exterior view of Austin station

Kowloon Southern Link

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Section of the MTR Tuen Ma line, linking Nam Cheong station and East Tsim Sha Tsui station.

Section of the MTR Tuen Ma line, linking Nam Cheong station and East Tsim Sha Tsui station.

Exterior view of Austin station
Map of the Kowloon Southern Link before 2021, as part of the West Rail line (in purple)
Kowloon Southern Link construction site in June 2009

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.

On 27 June 2021, the West Rail line officially merged with the Ma On Shan line (which was already extended into the Tuen Ma line Phase 1 at the time) in East Kowloon to form the new Tuen Ma line, as part of the Shatin to Central link project.