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Scania K310UD / Salvador Caetano
This Scania K95UD was unveiled in the UK on 24th September 2006 at Showbus. It was shipped to Hong Kong soon afterwards and after undergoing trials with KMB, it entered service in Hong Kong on 23rd August 2007, registered MT6551 and allocated fleet no. ASU1. Since entering service it's model no has changed to K310UD. A second bus, which was under construction at the Waterlooville plant in October 2006, entered service in Hong Kong February 2008, being allocated fleet number ASU2. Further details of this bus can be found here. In September 2009, the first of 18 production models arrived in Hong Kong - click here to see details. 

Below are a selection of photographs taken at Showbus, the Salvador Caetano site in Hampshire where the body was produced and on it's first day of service in Hong Kong.

On 25th November 2007 a 1/150 scale plastic model of this bus was released, followed a 
week later by a 1/76th scale diecast model.

 
First day in service - 23rd August 2007
 
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All the above photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

 
Salvador Caetano site in Hampshire on 4th October 2006
 
 
I was very fortunate to be invited to the Salvador Caetano site in Hampshire on 4th October 2006 to witness the finished Scania with KMB decals applied. Upon arrival I was told that the bus was about to depart for some final road trials, and was asked aboard - well how could I refuse!

We spent a few hours traversing the M27 Motorway in Hampshire, at a steady 80 kilometres per hour (the speed retarder being set to this limit to comply with Hong Kong Transport legislation) whilst some final tests were carried out.

 
 
It was at the refuelling stop (which I am very glad I didn't have to pick up the tab for!) that a few of the changes were noticed from its first appearance at Showbus. The application of KMB decals was the most noticeable difference, but more subtle additions included the Scania badges, the neater paint finish on the front dome and the repainted side grilles from champagne to black. These can be seen in the two photographs below.
 
 
Returning to the Salvador Caetano site at lunchtime enabled one or two minor adjustments to be made, and enabled me to take a few photographs before we headed out again for the afternoon run.
   
 
 
The vehicle performed well on both runs and we returned to 'base' late afternoon, when the vehicle was tucked away ready for a final clean before its departure for the docks the following day. I was then given a tour of the site, which carries out a large range of work. Of particular interest to me was the third Scania, which was nearing completion.

The bus carries little evidence to link it to Salvador Caetano, a SC Coachbuilders Ltd plate is evident near the chassis plate at the front entrance, and the windows have an etched SC logo in their corners. The product is being promoted as a Scania.

I am extremely grateful to Ian Tubbs, Director and General Manager of Salvador Caetano for inviting me along for the day and for giving me the background to this venture, and also to his helpful staff, who were always willing to answer any question put to them. 

 
Showbus 2006 - 24th September
 
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This Salvador Caetano bodied Scania is one of three built for trials with Kowloon Motor Bus. It is pictured here making it's first public appearance at Showbus 2006 at Duxford. One is believed to be in Sweden undergoing road tests.

Yet to receive KMB logos, it is expected to be shipped to Hong Kong in the new few weeks. It is due to have a 'tilt-test' this week and this was evident with the upper deck saloon being fitted out with weights.

Technical details of the vehicle are as follows:-
 

Chassis Scania K95UD6x2 (Euro 4)
Engine DC 918 B02 (5 cyl 310 bhp)
Gearbox ZF 6HP602CN (6 speed auto)
Axle Gear ZF
Auto Retarder
Seating Capacity Upper saloon -53 seats
Lower saloon - 27 seats
Lower saloon standees - 45 (with no wheelchair)
Lower saloon standees - 37 (with wheelchair)
Construction Alcan aluminium extruded frame
Bonded panelling
Bonded glazing
Dimensions Height 4404mm (normal ride height)
Length 11935mm
Width 2527mm
Weights 14.5t unladen
21.5t fully laden
 
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Upper Deck - ready for the 'tilt-test'
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All above photographs copyright of Oriental Model Buses
and were taken on 24th September 2006
 

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