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Hong Kong Railway Museum

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Hong Kong Railway Museum is a railway museum in Tai Po, Hong Kong. Hong Kong Railway Museum is now under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Service Department . Opened in 1985, Hong Kong Railway Museum is located at the site where the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was built in 1913.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section) opened in 1910 in Tai Po Market was one of the stops in the New Territories. The station building was erected in 1913. Since then, it acted as a centre of administration and trade which indirectly boosted Tai Wo Market's economy by bringing traders there.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway was electrified in 1983 and the station was taken out of service, with new stations being opened to the north (Tai Wo) and south (Tai Po Market) of it. One year later, the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was declared a monument. The site, together with the buildings and relevant exhibits, were then given to the government by the KCRC for the construction of the Museum.

The building of the station is unique in the way of architectural style among original Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section). It is of indigenous Chinese architectural style, with many small figures decorating the exterior, such as are commonly found in existing old southern Chinese temples.

On the left of the museum, there is an exhibition room of train tickets and train models of not only KCR trains but also Japanese Shinkansen and Eurostar. The further internal part of the room is a refurnished ticket office and signalling house.

Quick Facts on Hong Kong Railway Museum

• Name: Hong Kong Railway Museum
• Location: Downtown Hongkong
• Phone: +852 28076543 
• Dates: Built in 1913AD
• Best Time to Visit: September to February of the next year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
• Opening Hours: 10:00 -18:00 on Monday, Wednesday to Sunday; 10:00-17:00 on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve; Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year
• Admission Fee: Free

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