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DW10101 - Neoplan Centroliner N4026/3
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - 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.

The bus - 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 M11-305E engine.

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.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Drumwell
 Prototype chassis  Neoplan N4026/3 Centroliner
 Prototype bodywork  -
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  AP6
 Registration number  JB319
 Route number  296C
 Destination  Sheung Tak
 Commissioned by  KMB
 Quantity  5,000
 Date released - Hong Kong  15th December 1999

 
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Neoplan Centroliner AP2 
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