Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Amsterdam Kill - Robert Mitchum (1977) - KCR Rail line, Shatin

Some train nostalgia for those who are into that sort of thing as we see the KCR Diesel Locomotive No.53 speeding towards us. Judging by the fact that the track merges from two into one at this point I will make a stab at the location as being just south of Shatin station.  I believe Shatin station was one of several 'passing points' for the north/south bound trains on an otherwise single track system. Note the guy crossing the track as the train can't do that anymore.

Anyway, we're led to believe this train is taking Mitchum north towards the Ho Tung Lau drug factory when this is quite obviously a southbound train heading back towards Kowloon. Never mind, remember this is movie land where geography is molded around the whims of the director (in this case Robert Clouse).

Whatever happened to these old diesel trains? Well, No.51 is still in HK at the Hong Kong Railway Museum in Tai Po, but this one (and a few others) - No. 53 - was the H.P Winslow. It was built by Clyde in 1957 and served in HK until retirement in 2004. According to that great rail aficionado, Marcus Wong, they were sold to a company in Australia where they were given a spruce up and re-entered service down under.

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