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Canton-Kowloon Railway
The idea of constructing a railway linking Canton (now Guangzhou) and Kowloon in Hong Kong, a British crown colony, was begun in the late Qing Dynasty. In 1899, China and Britain agreed to construct the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR), but Britain postponed the construction because of the Boer War. In 1907 a formal agreement was signed in Peking for £100,000,000 in bonds to be issued by Britain as part of loan for the construction of the Chinese Section of the Kowloon-Canton Railway. In July 1907, British Section of the KCR started to build first. Then the construction of Chinese section was delayed and started from 1909. The 22-mile British section opened on 1 October 1910. The 89-mile Chinese section followed on 8 October 1911. A poster from the 1930s advertises the journey time from Canton to Kowloon was 2 hours 57 minutes, an average speed of 38 mph.
Map of south-east China in 1922 showing the British and Chinese sections of the Canton-Kowloon Railway
Canton-Kowloon Railway 4-4-0 express engine, built by Kerr, Stuart & Co. of Stoke-on-Trent. It seems that the CKR has no record of such a locomotive ever having been built, so this may simply be a publicity shot produced by Kerr, Stuart & Co., as part of the bidding process
Canton-Kowloon Railway (British Section) 2-6-4 tank No. 85
The first Canton-Kowloon Railway train arriving at Tai Sha Tou station in Canton, 8 October 1911
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