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hkbus 2005 - Leyland Olympian/Alexander
Megabus 
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The model - the fifth Olympian from Creative Master Northcord is the third to carry the 'Megabus. com' livery. It represents one of the second batch ordered by Citybus, having bonded windows, but is the first to include a toilet, fitted to the prototypes since its return to the UK. I have included below some photographs showing this and the previous 'In and out of London' Megabus model.

The bus - Citybus ordered 12 Alexander bodied 11-metre Leyland Olympian air-conditioned coaches in 1988. These were delivered in 1989 and featured coach seats, soft trim and curtains. These coaches were used on the cross-border service to Shenzhen as well as residential commuter routes. Windows were of the gasket type, with radiused corners. Further orders were placed, and these later batches are easily identified by their bonded windows. Fleet No. 123 was one of the later batch and entered service on 8th May 1990.

In 2003, several of these vehicles 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 with journeys operating between London and Bournemouth, Southampton, Bristol, Plymouth, Brighton and others. Vehicles operating these services carried the banner 'In and out of London from 1'. 13616 is operated by Stagecoach Mancheter.

Details of the current routes operated can be found at the official Megabus.com website. Also take a look at the Megabus Yahoo Group

 
 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  13616 (ex-Citybus 123)
 Registration number  G189 YRG (ex-EL 8119)
 Route number  -
 Destination  Manchester
 Quantity (total)  1,700
 
Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
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 Date released
 Apr 2005
May 2005

 
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 the toilet compartment 

 

 

 
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 hkbus2004 left and the new model right 

 
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 hkbus2004 right and the new model left 

 
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hkbus2004 in foreground and and the
new model behind 

 
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hkbus2004 in foreground and and the
new model behind 

 
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Photograph of the actual 13616
courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers. 
   

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