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hkbus 2002 - Leyland Olympian/Alexander
Stagecoach Bluebird 
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The model - officially announced on 14th November 2003, this is the second casting of the Leyland Olympian coach from Creative Master Northcord Ltd and features ex-Citybus No. 137 now in Megabus livery. It was released in Hong Kong on 26th April 2004 and appeared in the UK during June 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. 108 entered service in July 1989.

In 2003, several of these vehicles, including No. 108, returned to the UK, where they entered service with Stagecoach on two Megabus services, Dundee - Perth - Glasgow and Oxford - London. In early 2004 the Megabus network was expanded south of the border, and details of the current routes operated can be found at the official Megabus.com website. Also take a look at the Megabus Yahoo Group. Now known in the Megabus fleet as No. 13607, it commenced service with Stagecoach Bluebird in October 2003.

 
 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  13603 (ex-Citybus 137)
 Registration number  VLT 37 (ex-ER8952)
 Route number  M9
 Destination  Glasgow via Perth
 Quantity (total)  2,000
 
Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
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 Date released
 26th Apr 2004
Jun 2004

 
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