September 12, 2015

1891 CHINA (Hong Kong) - Peak Tram in Hong Kong

The Peak Tramway is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island, running from Garden Road Admiralty to Victoria Peak via the Mid-Levels. Built between 1885 and 1888, It provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong. There are four intermediate stations, each of which is a request stop consists of a single stepped platform and a shelter:

The tram has been victim of two natural disasters, caused by floods from heavy rainfall, in 1899 and in1966. In 1926, the steam engine was replaced by an electric motor. In 1956, the Peak Tram was equipped with a new generation of lightweight metal bodied cars, each of which seated 62-seat passengers. The system was comprehensively rebuilt in 1989 by the Swiss company, Von Roll, with new track, a computerized control system and two new two-car trams with a capacity of 120 passengers per tram.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of a series of four, featuring the artworks of four disabled artists to promote inclusive arts and foster social integration (Inclusive Arts), issued on October 15, 2013:
Thanksgiving - Chan Tung Mui / 2006 (1.70 HKD)
Always by your side - Cheng Kai Man / 2011 (2.90 HKD)
The vitality of Hong Kong - Ko Nam / 2010 (3.70 HKD) - It's on the postcard
How are you - Liu Tung Mui / 2006 (5.00 HKD)

About the postmark

The Philatelic Bureau Pictorial Cancellation depict the old General Post Office.

Peak Tram - Wikipedia
Peak Tram - Official website

Sender: Pam Pang (direct swap)
Sent from Hong Kong on 01.03.2014
Photo: Jacky Yeung

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