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18106 - Leyland Atlantean/Park Royal
China Motor Bus
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The model - the second CMB Atlantean to be commissioned by the Hong Kong Transport Society is in the later blue and cream livery. Released in Hong Kong in December 1998, this model was also offered by EFE to it's Subscribers, the model being despatched in February 1999. 

The bus - following trials by London Transport of the XA class. Park Royal bodied Atlanteans and XF class Fleetline these vehicles were deemed not suitable for the stop start London traffic conditions and before long both of these classes of vehicles were sold. The first to be sold were the Atlanteans and being still quite new they were in great demand and in 1973 China Motor Bus were fortunate in managing to purchase the majority of the 50 vehicles produced. In Hong Kong they were painted in the China Motor Bus red and cream livery where they presented a modern image to the fleet. The buses were modified to allow more ventilation in the hot humid climate of Hong Kong with the addition of horizontal sliding windows, apart from this the vehicles appeared unchanged. The fleet remained in the red and cream livery until the opening of the cross harbour tunnel, which joined Hong Kong island with the mainland of Kowloon. Bus services running through the tunnel brought a conflict of livery styles on joint operated routes and China Motor Bus decided to change its livery colours and the fleet was repainted in the blue and cream colours. XA1 was new to London Transport in 1965 and was withdrawn in 1977

 
 Manufacturer of model  Exclusive First Editions
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Leyland Atlantean
 Prototype bodywork  Park Royal
 Prototype length  30 feet
 Fleet number  XA1
 Registration number  BD 7310
 Route number  20
 Destination  Cleverly Street
 Commissioned by  Hong Kong Transport Society
 Quantity (total)  5,920
 
Hong Kong
UK
 Quantities (if known)
 4,480
1,440
 Date released
 Dec 1998
Feb 1999

 
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