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CC25602 - Leyland Atlantean PDR1/Weymann
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - first announced in KMB's 'Today' magazine in mid June 2005, this model was released in Hong Kong on 1st July 2005. I believe the Corgi casting represents a 'highbridge' Atlantean, and am surprised that KMB have chosen to base the model on one of their 'lowbridge' examples, especially when they had 'highbridge' versions. Any comments?

The bus - with the rapid expansion of the New Territories, and the opening of the first cross-harbour tunnel, KMB needed to acquire, at short notice, new buses. The supply of new double-deck buses from the UK, from which Hong Kong operators were obliged to use, was restricted following the introduction of one-man-operation in the UK and the subsequent bus grant which assisted these operators to replace their single-deckers with double-deckers. 

KMB were therefore forced to acquire 115 second-hand buses, from various UK dealers. These were to varying designs and included the first rear-engined buses for KMB. All received KMB fleet number commencing '2', denoting second-hand. 2L35 was originally new to East Midlands Motor Services in 1959 and entered service with Hong Kong in July 1973. It's life in service was short-lived, being withdrawn in August 1975. These vehicles carried a predominantly cream livery with a red skirt and a red band above above the front windscreen, similar to that applied to Ribble's 'Gay Hostess' vehicles.

The above information is extracted from Mike Davis's excellent reference book
'Hong Kong Buses - Volume Two - Kowloon Motor Bus

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:50
 Prototype chassis  Leyland PDR1/1
 Prototype bodywork  Weymann
 Prototype length  9.1 metre
 Fleet number  2L35
 Registration number  DD5116
 Route number  50
 Destination  Jordan Road Ferry
 Quantity (total)  1,200
 
    Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
1,200
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 Date released
1st Jul 2005
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