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OM45401 - MAN 24.350/Volgren CR221LD
Citybus
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The model - this new casting was first unveiled in August 2000, at the Hong Kong Bus Exhibition, organised by 80M Bus Model Shop. It was eventually released, in Hong Kong, in April 2001. This Hong Kong only release came with a CD, which is bi-lingual, and is a very comprehensive piece of work. Most of the major events in the history of Citybus are covered, how it started, going to China, air-con buses, the breakfast route, Routemasters in China, franchised buses, airport, etc etc. Information on fleet purchasing policies and fleet livery are included, along with video clips of buses to the airport, Stanley and Kennedy Town. The UK version (OM45402) comes in standard OOC packaging and without the CD.

The bus - Citybus ordered one 12-metre air-conditioned double-decker from MAN in 1997. In December of that year, the bus entered service as fleet number 2500 and with a registration of HN 1013. The model of the bus is 24.350 NL-DD, and is fitted with an Australian Volgren CR221LD body. It was the first time that that Volgren had designed and built a double-deck body. The frontal design is similar to the Alexander 'R' one, as requested by Citybus. The bus is powered by an 11,967cc, 350hp MAN D2866LOH engine with ZF 5HP600 transmission. The air-conditioning was supplied by Nippondenso. 

Although Citybus placed an order for a further batch of MAN 24.310s, with Berkhof and Volgren bodies, this order was subsequently cancelled owing to Hong Kong's Transport Department imposition of a fleet quota on all franchised bus operators in Hong Kong. These buses were eventually purchased by KMB and became their AMN class - AMN7 being the subject of Corgi model OM45201.

 
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 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  MAN 24.350
 Prototype bodywork  Volgren CR221LD
 Prototype length  11.875 metre
 Fleet number  2500
 Registration number  HN1013
 Route number  182
 Destination  City One Shatin
 Commissioned by  Citybus
 Quantity (total)  3,500*
 
Hong Kong
UK
 Quantities (if known)
2,000
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 Date released
26th Apr 2001

- Whilst the Limited Edition Certicate states 3,500, there are only 2,000
of this set which contains the CD, all having been released in Hong Kong.
The remaining 1,500 were released in the UK, as OM45402, without the CD.


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