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45107 - MCW Metrobus
China Motor Bus
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The model - seven years after the release of Corgi's 1/64th scale Metrobus coach in China Motor Bus livery, this 1/76th version was released in July 2000. 

The bus - the MC (Metrobus Coach) class consisted of 12 MCW Metrobus Mk 1. These vehicles were purchased new in 1978 in order to encourage the motorist to commute by bus to the Central business district in conjunction with the other bus priority schemes introduced at the time. They were the first double-deck coaches operating in the Territory.

In September 1978, 10 MCs were allocated to two new coach routes introduced between the Central district and the more affluent residential areas of Stanley and Chung Hom Kok. No standing was allowed, thus avoiding overcrowding.

These vehicles continued to serve on these two coach routes until they were relieved by single-deck air-conditioned Dennis Darts in late 1991, when they were re-allocated as buses to operate on route 13, on the mid-levels of Hong Kong Island. The MCs contributed significantly to CMB's order for the very high capacity buses, forty 11 metre two-axle MB class vehicles and eighty-four 12 metre three-axle ML class vehicles in the following years.

When CMB lost its franchise of Hong Kong Island, and cross-harbour tunnel routes in 1998, all 12 MCs, among others in the fleet, were sold to New World First Bus. In an attempt to convert the whole New World First Bus fleet to air-conditioned vehicles, the MCs were withdrawn from passenger service in 1999 and two of them were converted to training vehicles, to assist in the massive recruitment programme.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  MCW Metrobus Mk1
 Prototype bodywork  -
 Prototype length  9.7 metres
 Fleet number  MC7
 Registration number  BV 2050
 Route number  260
 Destination  Stanley
 Commissioned by  Hong Kong Transport Society
 Quantity (total)  5,000
 
Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
3,200
1,800
 Date released
2nd Jul 2000
16th Aug 2000

 
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Photographs courtesy of Jotus Model Depot

 

 
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Photograph courtesy of Dennis Law

 
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