A report on East Rail line and West Rail line

A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
A West Rail line IKK train arriving at Kam Sheung Road station in June 2008
A Hyundai Rotem R-train EMU at Fanling station
Long Ping station platform in December 2008
A Metro Cammell MLR EMU
West Rail line Pat Heung Section in November 2009
SP1900 EMU at Fo Tan station
Appearance of Tsuen Wan West station in January 2010
Sheung Shui station platform
Hung Hom station Platform 2 in April 2014
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

East Rail was the only railway line of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) following the closure of the Sha Tau Kok Railway and before the construction of KCR West Rail (later renamed West Rail line, now part of the Tuen Ma line).

- East Rail line

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East Rail line, anticipating freight and intercity services to Mainland China, although the latter role was ultimately superseded by the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong section as part of the China Railway High-speed network.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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 KCR British Section was also renamed East Rail Line in order to differentiate it from the new West Rail Line, which opened on 20 December 2003 and was extended to Hung Hom station on 16 August 2009.

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.

Since the early planning stages, the Ma On Shan line was designed to be capable of joining with the West Rail 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.

The KCR West Rail (later the West Rail Line, now the Tuen Ma line on the MTR network) was finally opened on 20 December 2003.

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.

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.

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.

As a result of its underground location, the station was equipped with full-height platform screen doors, of the same type used on the KCR West Rail, which opened the year prior.

D352-D351 approaching Hin Keng

SP1900 EMU

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Model of train that runs on Hong Kong's Tuen Ma line.

Model of train that runs on Hong Kong's Tuen Ma line.

D352-D351 approaching Hin Keng
SP1900 seen on the left together with the TML C-Train on the right, showing the differences between the cab end designs
SP1900 train E217 on the East Rail line at Kowloon Tong station
SP1900 on the East Rail line at Fo Tan station
The interior of a West Rail line SP1900 EMU
First class compartment of East Rail line
Original Newsline Express 15-inch TV on an SP1900
New LCD displays and 22-inch TVs on a Tuen Ma line SP1900
New aisle displays on a Tuen Ma line SP1900
8-car West Rail line SP1900 testing in Long Ping station
Train doors of West Rail line SP1900
Ma On Shan line SP1950 at Che Kung Temple Station
Driver control panel of Ma On Shan line SP1950
KCR SP1900 EMU at Tai Wai station
Compartment F227 - Side (upward left side) (first class compartment)

The SP1900 trains started service on the East Rail line in 2001; the first train cars were delivered on 22 March 2001, and the first train entered operation on 4 September 2001.

The remaining 154 cars, which began to be delivered in 2002, were reserved until the inauguration of the West Rail line in December 2003, and were arranged in 22 sets of seven-car formations.

A MTR Tuen Ma line train approaching Hin Keng station

MTR CRRC Changchun EMU

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Model of heavy rail electric multiple units of the Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong.

Model of heavy rail electric multiple units of the Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong.

A MTR Tuen Ma line train approaching Hin Keng station
The front end of the train, alongside the older SP1900

The 8-car sets are manufactured by Changchun Railway Vehicles for the future East West Corridor, to operate alongside extended SP1900 sets (1151) from the West Rail line.

It is painted in the same livery as the R-trains on the East Rail line, the S-trains on the South Island line, and the future Q-trains on the urban lines.