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Citybus / Stagecoach
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The model - this is one model from a two-model set entitled 'East meets West', first announced on this site towards the end of November 1999 and released on 16th December. The second model features a Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLF single-deck bus in Stagecoach livery operating for Cambus. 

The bus - Citybus started operating buses in 1979, using one double deck bus on a shuttle service for the employees of a Hong Kong dockyard. Over the past two decades, the Company's buses have become a highly popular means for people to commute comfortably and conveniently between their homes, offices and Hong Kong's major travel interchanges. The Citybus network of routes now stretches from the south side of Hong Kong Island to Beijing, carrying over 580,000 passengers per day.

Stagecoach started operations in 1980, when it started it's first express coach service in the United Kingdom. A reputation was soon earned for providing new quality coaches for operation on their expanding network of express coach services. Major expansion in the UK came with the purchase of several bus companies that had been privatised in the late 80's and early 90's. With opportunities for major expansion in the UK limited, Stagecoach looked overseas for further growth and is now involved in bus and coach operations in Australia, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and the USA. Other activities within the Stagecoach group include train operations, train leasing and airport management.

The purchase of Citybus by Stagecoach Holdings PLC in 1999 saw the combining of two of the world's most dynamic bus operators. This set of two models has been produced to commemorate this occasion.
 
 Manufacturer of models  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  999
 Registration number  HT5860
 Route number  103
 Destination  Chuk Yuen
 Commissioned by  Citybus
 Quantity (total)  4,500
 
      Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
2,800*
1,700*
 Date released
16th Dec 1999
Feb 2000

* These figures have kindly been provided by Citybus

Photograph courtesy of Jotus Model Depot
 

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