The historic bronze bell has been returned to the Tsim Sha Tsui clock tower, but sadly it will no longer ring out across the harbour as it once did for decades. The bell, which pealed the time from the tower when it was part of the Kowloon-Canton Railway terminus, was silenced by a technical fault in 1950. And while it's coming home after spending the past 35 years residing variously in Hung Hom, Sha Tin and Fo Tan, it will sit at ground level for people to look at, not listen to. The return of the bell coincides with this year's 100th anniversary of the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR), which was completed in 1910 but is now part of the MTR network. Kenneth Tam, chief heritage manager with the Antiquities and Monuments Office, said he was very excited to be involved with the bell's return to its original home. 'I'm very proud to be associated with the actual transportation of it,' Tam said. 'We had to plan how to lift it and it was done very carefully.' The tower is the only remaining part of the KCR terminus built on the waterfront in 1916. The terminus was moved to Hung Hom in 1975 because of growing passenger numbers. In 1950, the bell stopped ringing because of a fault that left the four clocks no longer synchronised. It was moved to Hung Hom before going to the KCR's head office at Sha Tin and then the Fo Tan railway house. In 1978, the Tsim Sha Tsui terminus was demolished to make way for the Cultural Centre, but the clock tower was retained. The Architectural Services Department added reinforced concrete slabs to stabilise the tower because it no longer had the terminus building as a structural support. The bell now sits on the ground level on a purpose-built hardwood frame made from the original timber sleepers of the KCR line. Tam said the clock tower may open to the public later this year but there was no definite plan. 'For the time being, because we cannot have the door open all day, people will have to view it from the window from the outside,' he said. 'We want the public to come in but we need to think of a better way because it's quite restricted.' About 10 years ago, the tower was open to the public but the stairs could not handle the weight and deteriorated. The stairs have since been restored but they are still not stable enough for large numbers of visitors.