MTR’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jay Walder, recently joined a group of local school children from Hong Kong as they rode through the automatic train wash plant at Kowloon Bay Depot on an MTR train.
Staff volunteers helped with MTR’s ‘More Time Reaching the Community’ Depot Open Day. A number of smart yellow engineering vehicles and new passenger trains were on display.
‘The yellow engineering vehicles are so big and full of gadgets,’ said ten-year-old Paul Lee. ‘The unimog is like something out of the Transformers.’
His colleague, ten-year-old Audrey Soo agreed, ‘This is the first time I’ve seen inside the front driving cab where the train driver sits. It’s very different to where we sit. I think it would be neat to see the tunnel like the train driver,’ said Audrey.
‘It’s great to be able to give children the opportunity to look behind-the-scenes so they can see how the railway works,’ said Mr Walder.
‘I must also thank our staff volunteers who gave up their personal time to make today’s visit possible. MTR is an important part of the community and it is heart-warming to see the children’s excitement and happy faces at events such as these. ’
Jay Walder, from New York, took over MTR on 1st January. Previous jobs include running the New York subway and a stint at Transport for London as finance director.
MTR has a half share of London Overground Rail Operations Ltd, a joint venture run with Deutsche Bahn AG. MTR has railway operations in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Stockholm, Beijing and Shenzen and recently said it would bid for the Thameslink and Essex Thameside franchises.