Hong Kong Railway Museum
Chinese Architecture x Western Train
The Hong Kong Railway Museum, a branch museum of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, is located at centre of Tai Po Market. With its unique pitched roof, this traditional Chinese architecture is responsible for introducing Hong Kong rail transport history. It is currently maintained by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Previously, it was Tai Po Market Station of Kowloon-Canton Railway established in 1913. In 1984, it was listed as a statutory heritage and its rare structure is preserved.
In the museum, there are 6 historical trains, a pump trolley and a diesel-engined railcar. The diesel-engined railcar is the most attractive one among the showcase. There has once been 5 of the same type working in Hong Kong (No. 51-55). No. 51 “Sir Alexander” is the only EMD G-12 disel-electric locomotive left. The remaining of them have been purchased by foreign companies and continue their service.
Travel Back in Time
The motor rests at the railway peacefully, contrasting with the busy train working on the railway nearby. (From Tai Po Market station to Tai Wo station) Tai Po Market station is the midpoint of the East rail line, which is a traffic center.
Compared to the size of modern stations, the old station is petite. Make a visit there and you can feel like you are surrounded by the crowd of the old age, the constant stream of the passengers, the squeak of the hawkers and the cries of the children.
Together with the sounds of running trains, the life of the old times comes true.
|Address: 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market|
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday (including public holidays) 09:00~15:00
Closed on Tuesdays (except Public Holidays) and the first and second days of the Chinese New Year
|Admission Fee: Free|
|How to get there:|
Method A – Leave by Tai Wo Station Exit A and walk for about 5 minutes in the direction of Tai Wo Bridge. Follow the signs showing the Railway Museum along the way and walk along Yan Hing Street for about 5 minutes.
Method B – Leave by Exit A3 from Tai Po Market Railway Station, take green minibus no. 20A, 20C or 20K to the Tai Po Complex, which takes about 2 to 3 minutes. After arriving, walk along On Fu Road via Wai Yi Street for about 8 minutes.