WE LOVE TRAM " BOOK
News of this book was first
announced in April 2011 with a total of 1,500
copies being published in total, 200 copies of
which are special editions. Whilst both
the standard and special editions have the same
content, the design of the front cover differs.
Each special edition is uniquely numbered. A pvc
plastic film preprinted with a 3-D tram no. 168
as well as the route of the tramways is affixed
to each book. The book was set for publication
on 16th May, however, owing to a printing
problem, it was not published until early June.
Text is in both Chinese and English. All copies
of the special edition were sold out soon after
© Oriental Model Buses by Graham White, Jul 2011
"Tram Friends” are a group of people in Hong Kong with a strong interest, indeed passion, for their local trams. This book has been produced by them to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their group’s founding and also the first year of the operation of Hong Kong Tramways Limited by Veolia.
The book is produced to a high standard in a rather artistic style and I imagine that their target audiences are tourists and the general public. It is written in both English and Chinese. There is a nice transparent half dust cover with a good tram picture and a map of the system.
The work begins with a series of sections written by individual “Friends” saying why they like the trams. There follows sections of photos with captions, again by different members, on specific aspects of the tramway, trams around the world, collections(which includes a small part on models), the new era and then twenty-four pages of general and somewhat arty views. Finally there is a cardboard tram for the kids to cut out and colour.
I have visited the former colony several times myself, beginning in 1981, so learning that the Veolia had taken over struck horror in my mind, with visions of them introducing some gross French modern design to replace the much loved 4-wheel double deckers. How wrong could I be? In fact the book tells us that they have rebuilt one of the modern (and disliked by some)“Millennium” trams to outwardly resemble the earlier and classic style while at the same time introducing modern interior features and equipment, and establishing the pattern for future cars.
If you have been to Hong Kong, then you will find this book a nice souvenir of your trip. Also available from the same source are a set of four postcards on the “We Love Tram” theme, a “Go Green! Take the Tram ”eco-friendly carrier bag, and a HK tramcar plush toy – ideal for the very young.
© Tramway Info by J R Prentice, Feb 2012
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