Hong Kong Railway Museum
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in Tai Po
, Hong Kong
. It is now under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Service Department
. Opened in 1985, it is located at the site where the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station
was built in 1913. Admission to the museum is free.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway
(British Section) opened in 1910 in Tai Po Market was one of the stops in the New Territories
. The station building was erected in 1913. Since then, it acted as a centre of administration and trade which indirectly boosted Tai Wo Market's economy by bringing traders there.
The KCR was electrified in 1983 and the station was taken out of service, with new stations being opened to the north (Tai Wo) and south (Tai Po Market) of it. One year later, the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was declared a monument
. The site, together with the buildings and relevant exhibits, were then given to the government by the KCRC
for the construction of the Museum.
The building of the station is unique in the way of architectural style among original Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section). It is of indigenous Chinese
architectural style, with many small figures decorating the exterior, such as are commonly found in existing old southern Chinese temples.
Inside the museum
On the left of the museum, there is an exhibition room of train tickets and train models of not only... Read More