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Tsim Sha Tsui 1950 Star Ferry Pier.jpg

Tsim Sha Tsui 1950 Star Ferry Pier.jpg

Star Ferry Pier at Tsim Sha Tsui in 1950s?


There are many curious photos in this site, and I have not seen the above one on Star Ferry Pier at Tsim Sha Tsui as in 1950s.



However, reading the descriptions below, I wondered whether the above photo was really taken in 1950s. Because according to the description below on KMB, they began to use “Double Decker from1949, but as shown in the above photo there’s no “Double” at the terminal. The photo might be taken in 1940s, not in 1950s. How do you feel?


Main article: Bus services in Hong Kong:

The former British colony of Hong Kong introduced its first double-decker buses in 1949 by Kowloon Motor Bus. They have become very popular since then, and they are found in large numbers among the fleets of the territory's major bus operators (see below). By law, double-decker buses in Hong Kong are limited to a length of 12.8 metres (42 feet). Today, the majority of buses running in Hong Kong are double-decker buses, and all of them are air-conditioned. Also, Hong Kong has a double-deck trams system, one of three only in the world as of 2015 and the only fleet which is all double-deck.



Double-decker buses in Hong Kong, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus:

By 1940, KMB had 140 single-deckers operating on 17 routes. As only a handful of buses survived World War II, some lorries were temporarily converted into buses. By the late 1940s, KMB ridership increased with the huge influx of immigration from China. In 1949, KMB bought 20 Daimler double-deckers from England, becoming the first operator of double-deckers in Hong Kong.






My first ride was in 1951 in their first generation double decker which had one entrance in the back.  Later, a second entrance was added at the front on larger units and I was impressed how the conductor could operate both gates from the back.  Service was inadequate and the buses on my route were often full. Sometimes he had to deal with men who held on to the closed gate as the bus took off.

This could be a morning scene in early 1950s with me and grandma among these folks.  The line here to buy train ticket was short and fast, but not at the border where the waiting time was very long.  One time, a female guard checked the pockets of this little boy for things that might be illegal.  Thus, our TST morning train reached Canton at supper time.  Now, the trip I heard takes about an hour.  Amazing progress!

HK Sunday Herald 17 April 1949

Four modern double-decker buses will make their debut today on the bus route between Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon City.