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DC1023 - Leyland Olympian/ECW
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - details of this model were first released on 1st January 2019. It is one of two versions of 3BL1 and being unlicensed products they carry no fleetnames or logos. Both were released on 14th January - the other version is on route 80 (DC1022). 

   

The busAs built, the bus was initially a demonstrator. However, the bus went to KMB in Hong Kong in 1982 for evaluation and after a few months was bought by them and remained in the fleet for many years. At the time, it was the highest capacity bus built by ECW seating 104 passengers. This was later surpassed by another Olympian demonstrator destined for Saudi Arabia but on a two axle 11m left hand drive Olympian chassis with three doors (similar to the KMB example) and a separate compartment in the lower deck for the exclusive use of women and children with a seating capacity of 108(!).

3BL1 (as it became known) was, in fact, one of two 12m tri-axle chassis that was to be fitted with ECW bodywork for Hong Kong, the second supposedly being destined for CMB. Its seems CMB wasn't interested as they were fitted with a Leyland engine as opposed to the preferred Gardner so it was never shipped. This particular vehicle stayed with Leyland and was subsequently extensively rebuilt as a tri-axke coach and delivered to Citybus as its C51 in 1985. This being the first Olympian in the Citybus fleet and delivered with two new build buses to be used on the service to Shenzhen. 


My thanks to Keith Wood for providing the above information which has been extracted from both Mike Davis' 'Hong Kong Buses Volume 2 - Kowloon Motor Bus' and 'ECW 1965-1987'.
 
 Manufacturer of model  P&T Model (Diecast) 
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Leyland Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Eastern Coach Works (ECW)
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  3BL1
 Registration number  CV184
 Route number  86K
 Destination  
 Quantity  600
 Date released - Hong Kong  14th January 2019

 
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3BL1 at Sha Tin Railway Station - October 1995
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HO Wing Hong
 

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