I think that the fares were 20 cents upstairs and 10 cents downstairs. Before the days of the MTR, and apart from taxis, the trams probably provided the quickest way of getting from Shau Kei Wan to Central. The seats were made of slatted wood and the roofs were not always watertight during heavy rain. - but then as now they were a great way of seeing the bustling street life as you trundled along. The only part of the journey where you held your breath was when the trams inched across the bridge over the very smelly Bowrington canal. It's now covered over between Canal Streets East and West and is probably very clean.