|The model -
second model from ABC was another LF (Long Fleetline) but with actual mould
changes rather than just a repaint. The changes from 000101
include a revised rear destination and number plate layout, rear tail/turning
lights lower than on LF 18, a small saloon window behind drivers cab on
the offside lower deck, front side turning lights removed and placed on
the lower body panels and different company fleetname and fleet number
positions plus OMO (money boxes) logo. These changes depict the first forty
Alexander bodied buses as supplied.
A short run of 1,000 was produced of LF 107,
see 000112A, also on route 102 but bound for
the 'other end ' at Lai Chi Kok. Slight livery changes will be applied
to LF 107 - no OMO "money box" symbols and of course a different fleet
number, registration numbers and destination screen.
The destination of Shau Kei Wan is in fact
incorrect. Whilst this is the official name, although sometimes the syllables
of the three Chinese characters are spelt as one single word Shaukeiwan,
China Motor Bus never included the 'e', and their destination blinds read
either Shaukiwan or Shau Ki Wan.
In June 2020 I was made aware of a variation to this model and details of this can be found below.
- China Motor Bus took delivery of 305 Long Fleetlines between 1975 and
1979. The first batch of 30 vehicles had MetSec bodywork, the second batch
of 75 had an improved MetSec bodywork, LF106 carried a unique MetSec bodywork
and the final batch (LF107-305) had Alexander bodywork. Several of the
first batch of 30 received new Alexander bodies between 1986 and 1988.
LF 107 & LF 108 both took part as red and cream buses in the experimental
repainting of 1976 to help the owners to choose the NEW colours for the