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000102A - Daimler Fleetline/Alexander 'LF'
China Motor Bus
 
The model - The 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.

The bus - 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 CMB fleet.

 
 Manufacturer of model  ABC Models
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Leyland Fleetline
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander
 Prototype length  10.1 metre
 Fleet number  LF 108
 Registration number  BL 1417
 Route number  102
 Destination  Shau Kei Wan
 Quantity (total)  3,000
 
    Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
2,952 
48
 Date released
12th October 1999
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Photograph of actual CMB destination blind

 

 

 
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