Yellowthreads Treat

By Steven Smith

As featured in the Continental Modeller July 2016 issue
Welcome to Yellowthreads Treat, a portrayal of the Island tramway within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Hong Kong Tramways is the only exclusively double-decker operated tram system in the World and the models featured are mostly from the obsolete Peak Horse range (and its successor, 80M), which have been motorised using Halling mechanisms. These are complemented by the finescale ready-to-run offerings from Bachmann (China). The exhibit was originally conceived to provide a suitable environment through which I could run the superb Bachmann model, and to demonstrate a more accessible approach to representing a model tramway in terms of the better availability and lesser expense of the proprietary rolling stock, compared to that in use on "Hasselhof(f)", my first foray into exhibiting a working model tramway, without compromising on the quality. Indeed, two replica cars based on the post-war 1949 traditional design (also constructed by Hong Kong Tramways) can often be seen in service in Birkenhead, on the Wirral Transport Museum - Woodside Ferry line. The name "Yellowthreads Treat" incidentally, is derived from "Yellowthread Street", a 1990 ITV police drama about the detectives of the Royal Hong Kong Police, based on the novels by William Leonard Marshall. As an acknowledgement to the drama, I have incorporated a cameo scene depicting a bank robbery in progress, which is about to be tackled by a squad of armed officers. A welcome contrast is located nearby in the serene surrounding of the big Buddha statue, which bears a strong resemblance to the Tian Tan Buddha of the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Other items of interest include the China Motor Bus museum (another flight of fancy).

The buddha where the trams run round for the return trip
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Bus museum with the bus station seen in the foreground
Pedestrian crossing near the "Bus Museum"
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Another view of the Buddha with tram tracks running off to the distant end

Steve is a member of the Heywood Model Railway Group and his model is available for exhibitions.

Yellowthreads Treat is booked for the following exibitions.

Holmfirth 28th and 29th October 2017 (Huddersfield RM)
Fleetwood (Blackpool & North Fylde MRC): 15th – 16th September 2018

This page updated 30th June 2017