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hkbus 2001 - Leyland Olympian/Alexander
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The model - officially announced on 14th November 2003, this new casting from Creative Master Northcord Ltd was released in Hong Kong on 23rd December 2003. A press release formally announcing the release of the model was issued on 6th January 2004.

The bus - following the success of the first air-conditioned double-deck coaches introduced into Hong Kong, by Citybus, in 1985, an order for a fleet of 12 Alexander bodied 12 metre Leyland Olympians (Fleet Nos. 106-117) was placed in 1988 and these were delivered during 1989. A further order for 62 coaches (Fleet Nos. 118-179) was placed and these were delivered during 1991-2.

Fleet no. 133 entered service on 21st November 1990 and was one of this second batch, which now featured bonded glazing, and entered service carrying the 'Big C' Citybus livery. It returned to the UK in late 2003, along with other similar vehicles, and is now fleet no. 13621 in Stagecoach's Megabus fleet, being registered H724 KDY.

 

PRESS RELEASE

May be published immediately in full or in précis

Date: 6 January 2004.

-- CMNL hkbus 2001 -- Leyland Olympian Coach – Citybus --

Creative Master Northcord Limited has proudly released its first livery on the replica 11-metre, tri-axle Leyland Olympian / Alexander R-type coach model, hkbus 2001, in Hong Kong Citybus’ 1991 standard colours.

The hkbus 2001 replica is a brand new tooling in 1/76 scale. It is worth mentioning that there are many innovative designs on the tooling, some of which are seen for the first time on a CMNL double-deck model. The replica features excellent detailing, inside and out, including all handrails on board and detailed individual air-vents above the seats. The most remarkable accuracy is seen on the front dome that represents this feature of the Alexander R type bodywork.

Once again, this is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all Leyland & Alexander logos and lettering are clearly legible. The model has no ugly metal poles to hold it together.

CMNL has taken the views of model collectors on board and has developed a system of securely anchoring the model onto its plinth without using screws – the first time this has been seen on a CMNL double-decker.

Leyland Olympian coaches have played a significant role in the Citybus fleet. In pursuit of its goal of operating air conditioned double-decker buses in Hong Kong, Citybus ordered the first production run of air conditioned double-deck buses from Leyland and Alexander, putting them into service in Hong Kong in 1989. These buses were very successful and operated over the entire Citybus network on which they set new standards of comfort that were unsurpassed for many years.

The Leyland Olympian Coach is the ninth 1/76 scale diecast bus or coach from Creative Master Northcord since 2000, following the Volvo Super Olympian / Alexander ALX500, Mitsubishi FUSO MP non-step bus, Volvo Olympian / Alexander Royale, Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400, Shanghai Sunwin Volvo B7R, Hino Selega Coach, Dennis Trident / Plaxton President and the Mitsubishi Aerobus Coach.

The hkbus 2001 model is limited to 2200 pieces for the UK and Hong Kong. They will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) and Porte Publishing Company (Japan).

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.------


 Manufacturer of model  Creative Master Northcord Ltd.
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander "R" Type
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  133
 Registration number  ER 6824
 Route number  62R
 Destination  City One Shatin
 Quantity (total)  2,200
 
Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
?
?
 Date released
 23rd Dec 2003
Feb 2004

 
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