Disneyland Resort line

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Disneyland Resort line
迪士尼綫
Sunny Bay Station (57).JPG
A Disneyland Resort line train at Sunny Bay station
Overview
TypeRapid transit, driverless
SystemMTR
LocaleDistricts: Tsuen Wan
TerminiSunny Bay
Disneyland Resort
Stations2
Ridership11,000 daily average (2010)[1]
Operation
Opened1 August 2005
Depot(s)Siu Ho Wan
Rolling stock3 refurbished Metro Cammell EMUs
Technical
Line length3.8 km (2.4 mi)
Track gauge1,432 mm (4 ft 8 38 in)
Electrification1.5 kV DC
Route map
Disneyland Resort Line.svg

Left arrow
Tung Chung line to Tung Chung
Airport Express to AsiaWorld–Expo
Siu Ho Wan Depot
Tung Chung line
and Airport Express
to Hong Kong Right arrow
Sunny Bay     
Sunny Bay Road
Magic Road
Disneyland Resort
Ferry transfer
(via short walk from Disneyland Resort station)
Disneyland Resort line
Traditional Chinese迪士尼綫
Simplified Chinese迪士尼线
Geographically accurate map of the MTR Disneyland Resort line.

The Disneyland Resort line is a heavy rail MTR line connecting Sunny Bay to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, coloured pink on the network diagram. It is the seventh line of the former MTR network before the merger of MTR and KCR, and the world's first metro line designed to service a Disney theme park. There are only two stations on this line, Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort, and the line operates as a shuttle service between these two stations. Sunny Bay station is an interchange station with the Tung Chung line between Tsing Yi and Tung Chung stations.

The rail link was completed in April 2005. In preparation for the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland on 12 September, the line started operating on 1 August 2005. The rolling stock is distinctive on account of its Mickey Mouse windows, interior couch seating, and Disneyland figurines displayed in the carriages.

On 4 September 2005, the Disneyland Resort line served nearly 40,000 passengers. Peak patronage occurs around 08:00-10:00 and 21:00–23:00 hours, at the parks' respective opening and closing times.

Train design[edit]

The Disneyland Resort line is 3.5 kilometres long, and has a travel time of around 6 minutes. Its track gauge is 1,432 mm (4 ft 8 38 in). The MTR designed a new driverless train and produced it by refitting existing M-Trains for the line which is designed with a Disney theme in mind. Bronze statues of well-known Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, are included inside of the trains, and the windows are shaped not like squares but like Mickey Mouse's head.

All of the trains used on the Disneyland Resort line were originally ordered from 1994-1998 as subtype H-Stock train (Phase 3 EMU, A/C 270-291, B/C 486-496). MTR contracted Alstom for these trains, but they were made in England (as compared to the Phase 1 and 2 trains ordered from 1979–1989 and made by Metro-Cammell (also in England) which was acquired by GEC Alsthom (now Alstom) in 1989). Units A/C274 A/C281 A/C284 A/C289 A/C291 and B/C490 are now used on the Disneyland Resort line.

These trains are normally operated automatically without drivers; this is a first for the MTR network, followed by the South Island line. However, unlike the South Island Line, the operator's cab area has been retained, visible through the glass window at the train ends.

Stations[edit]

This is a list of the stations on the Disneyland Resort line.

Livery and name District Connections Opening date
Disneyland Resort line
Sunny Bay Tsuen Wan      Tung Chung line 1 June 2005
Disneyland Resort 1 August 2005

Disneyland Resort station is designed in a Victorian style. On the other hand, Sunny Bay station is designed in a futuristic style. It was intended for passengers travelling along this line to experience a feeling of time travel.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily average patronage and train loading on MTR Railway Lines in 2005 to 2010" (PDF). HKSAR Government. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014.

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