- this is one of a pair of Centroliners announced in March
2019 and released on 19th September
2019 by NP Model, a new name in the production of Hong Kong model
buses, the other features AP48 on route 968 (NP1001).
Being unlicenced products they carry no fleetnames or logos although these are supplied for the
purchaser to apply.
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
is a 12-metre low-floor double-decker and like the Dennis Tridents, is
powered by a Cummins M11-305E engine.
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.