Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Peak Tram (Hong Kong)

As travel wonders go, one of the great train journeys in the world is one of the shortest. And in two days time, it is 120 years old. Happy Birthday!

Taking less than five minutes, the 1.4 kilometre (less than one mile) ride up the funicular rail gains an elevation of around 400 metres from Hong Kong’s central district to the top of Victoria Peak. From the top, one of the world’s finest cityscapes and one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities is unveiled for all to see.

The Peak Tram claims some mind-boggling safety records – they have never had an accident and have only been out of service (excluding normal maintenance) twice – once for World War II and once for the 1966 floods.


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