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8008A - Guy Arab Mk V
 
China Motor Bus
 
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 Photograph courtesy of
Hong Kong Model Co
 
The model - This 'Long Dragon' was one of two (see also 8009A) released by the Hong Kong Model Co. in June 2005. This example is typical of the prototype in 1965, soon after it had entered service. My thanks to Mike Sproat for confirming 

The bus - China Motor Bus took delivery of 40 long wheelbase Guy Arab Mk Vs between 1965 and 1967. These were used for the rapidly growing Chai Wan area, where double deckers were, at the time, unsuitable. These single-deckers, known as 'Long Dragons' were the first standee type bus, seating just 29 with 50 standees. They mainly operated routes 8 and 8A between North Point and Chai Wan. 

By 1969, the anticipated structural problems began to come to the surface and the buses were strengthened by using thicker pillars at the front bulkhead and immediately behind the centre doors. The second release (8009A) represents a vehicle in this condition.

AC4788 entered service in 14th April 1966 and in 1972 received a new double-deck Metal Sections body, becoming LX266.

The above information has been extracted from Mike Davis's excellent book -  'Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus',
in which a photograph of AC4788 can be found.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Hong Kong Model Co.
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab Mk V
 Prototype bodywork  Metal Sections
 Prototype length  35' 9''
 Fleet number  -
 Registration number  AC 4788
 Route number  8
 Destination  Chai Wan ( San Ha St.)
 Quantity  Uncertificated
 Date released  June 2005
   
   

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