- this was a new casting, issued in December 1999, and was the first model
to carry the Drumwell name, although the Company had previously been responsible
for producing models for other manufacturers, including Corgi. The model
represents the AP6, the sixth vehicle to be delivered. AP6 is also the
subject of the third model released by Drumwell, but this time it carries
all-over Andy Lau decals.
- Kowloon Motor Bus placed an initial order for 20 Neoplan N4026 Centroliners
and the first arrived in Hong Kong in September 1998. This bus was allocated
Fleet No. AP1 and registered HY 1677. The Centroliner is a 12-metre
low-floor double-decker and like the Dennis Tridents, is powered by a Cummins
After a series of trials, the Centroliners
entered service on 1 August 1999. The first route that these buses were
allocated was 296C, which runs between Sheung Tak in Tseung Kwan O and
Tonkin Street in Sham Shui Po. By mid 2003, over 160 such vehicles were
in the fleet. AP6 was first registered on 15th April 1999.