| Peak Tram Terminus, Victoria
Wordie, Jason (2002) Streets –
Exploring Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, pp. 91-97.
The Peak Tram has been trundling its way up to the
Peak since 1888. The High Level Tramway, as it was first
railed, was the first cable railway in all of Asia.
Soon after followed by another on Penang Hill, it still
remains one of the steepest in the world. In 1888 a
Peak-bound tram left the lower terminus near St John's
Cathedral every fifteen minutes, the journey took eight
minutes and the gradient in places was one in two. It
is exactly the same today, albeit with new vehicles,
and remains one of the few elements of Hong Kong that
has changed little with the passage of time.
The Peak Tram remains one of Hong Kong's enduring favourites,
popular with residents and tourists cannot be a visitor
to Hong Kong who has not taken a ride on The Peak Tram
at least once. The trams are Swiss-made, and pass each
other on the way up or down. There are four stops along
the way, at Barker Road, May Road, McDonnell Road and
Kennedy Road. Though few passengers alight at intermediate
stations these days, they are a reminder of the time
when the tramway, for Peak residents, was as much an
everyday commuter service as the MTR.