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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Martin Wong
   
Following on from yesterdays news, the two NWS Holdings Year of the Rooster decorated buses were noted in service today. It is believed that models of both are set for release tomorrow (19th). 

The NWFB model features a 12 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (fleet no. 5686 - TZ 8996) on route 101 to Kennedy Town (63338/20060).

The Citybus model features a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (fleet no. 6371 - UD 7005) on route 788 to Central (63339/CM118).

Quantities for each are 1,318 pieces.

18th January 2017

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Albion Valkyrie Kwok
   
New World First Bus and Citybus launched their Year of the Rooster liveried buses today and New World First Bus 5686 was soon put into action - my thanks to Albion Valkyrie Kwok for allowing me to share his photographs,
17th January 2017

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V AD 4563 made an appearance yesterday at a classic car event in Central.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
 
........ and a general shot taking in some of the cars along with one of Hong Kong's newest buses!
16th January 2017

   
Sadly one person died and 18 were injured earlier today in Hong Kong when Citybus Enviro500 8147, on route 681 from Ma On Shan Town Centre to Hong Kong Station, was involved in an accident resulting in the bus flipping on to its side. 

14th January 2017

   
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Model 1 has announced it is to release two Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL in Discovery Bay livery. The models will represent DBAY208 (TN 7303) and DBAY213 (TP 4903), both of which were captured at Discovery Bay on 24th November 2016. No further details are known.
   
** UPDATE **
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
I can confirm that their release is expected towards the end of January and each will retail for HK$428.
   
DBAY208 (TN 7303) - Route DB01R - Discovery Bay Pier (63060)
DBAY213 (TP 4903)   - Route DB03R - Sunny Bay Station (63061)

Each will be limited to 600 pieces.

These are the first models to carry the attractive Discovery Bay Transit livery and it is hoped that further models from this fleet will follow.

        
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
   
Meanwhile, a release date has been announced for the release of the two Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Rooster' models, this being 22nd January. The ADL Enviro500 features ATENU139 on route 265B (KMB-M-2016004) whilst the Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL features AVBWU429 on route 603 (KMB-M-2016005).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Sherman Sham
 
Today saw the retirement of the last 'HY' prefixed registrations, which includes those carried by KMB's short Dennis Dragons. The top photograph shows ADS188 (left) and ADS186 whilst the bottom shows ADS190 (left) and ADS189 - photographs captured at Shatin. My thanks to Sherman Sham for allowing me to share his photographs.
   
13th January 2017

         
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
Due for release in February is Citybus Enviro500NG 8481 carrying all-over advertising for 'Weisen U' medicine. It is on route 102 to Shau Kei Wan and is limited to 688 pieces (CM119).
12th January 2017

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
   
Set for release on Saturday (14th) are these two Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'C' types. AD 4751 (top) features sliding gates and is on route 1 with a destination of Star Ferry - Kowloon City' (KMB-M-2016003) whilst AD 4778 features folding doors and is on route 2 to So Uk (KMB-M-2016006). Each is limited to 900 pieces. New pages and photographs will be added shortly.

 
Further photographs have now been added of the new 12.8 metre  Cityflyer branded 'facelift' Enviro500 featured in yesterdays News -  Click here to visit the Xtra pages
10th January 2017

   
 
Pure coincidence, on two counts, when I came across this old 'Buses' magazine whilst in the loft today (I can't believe this was almost 20 years ago!)

Firstly Citybus route 629, or Ocean Park Express as it is commonly referred to, commenced in 1987 and is a popular service linking Ocean Park and Admiralty. With the recent opening of the MTR's South Island Line, as from Wednesday (11th Jan) the route will reduce to just five daily departures from Central Ferry Pier.

Secondly, the magazine contains an excellent seven page interview with Lyndon Rees MBE, the then Managing Director of Citybus - a more recent interview with Lyndon appears in this month's edition of 'Buses', the second part to follow in February's edition. 
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
      
Lowheight buses.....old and new!
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Wang Chan

Citybus 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 6807 is the newest of its class, and further photographs will be added tomorrow showing the interior of these new 'Cityflyer' branded buses.
9th January 2017

   

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the release of the above two China Motor Bus 'DMS' Daimler Fleetlines from P&T Diecast.
XF145 is on route 11 to Central (DC1003) whilst  XF148 is also on route 11, but with a destination of Tai Hang Road (DC1004).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
  
These two Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'C' types have just been announced. The first (top) features sliding gates and is on route 1 (Tsim Sha Tsui - Kowloon City) whilst the second has folding doors and is on route 2 (So Uk). Each is limited 900 pieces.
6th January 2017

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released yesterday in Hong Kong is this open-top tram. Featuring tram no. 68 it carries Hong Kong Tramways 'Tramoramic' decals (TT33801) It is limited to 1,000 pieces.
3rd January 2017

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The final release of 2016 was this Go Idea Metsec bodied Daimler Fleetline with all-over advertising for Red A. It represents Kowloon Motor Bus D893 and is limited to 480 pieces (JA526007).  

   
The following table* gives a quick overview of the models released this year, along with those released in previous years.
   
 Operator 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  Manufacturer 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013  2014  2015 2016
                 
 China Motor Bus 3 0 1 0 2 8 6 13  80M Bus Model Shop 8 7 14 12 25 9 5 9
 Citybus 3 1 3 4 9 5 5 18  Asianbus 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
 Kowloon Motor Bus 15 26 37 32 45 47 69 66  Best Choose 3 0 1 0 4 5 10 15
 Kwoon Chung 0
0
0 0 0 0 2 6  Bus Factory 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
 Long Win 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 8  Buses Model 2 1 1 7 2 3 8 10
 MTR Bus 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0  Cars Workshop 6 14 21 14 13 25 19 11
 New Lantao Bus 0
0
0
0
0 0 2 3  Creative Master/Northcord 5 7 1 0 5 2 0 0
 New World First Bus 5
1
2
3
6 2 3 17  Drumwell 9 6 4 10 13 12 0 0
 Park Island 0
0
0
0
0 0 2 0  Fulltech 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
 Singapore operators 0
0
0 0 3 0 1 0  Model 1 0 0 0 0 4 2 15 35
 Others 7 11 1 5 4 2 7 9  Roadshow Creations 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 32
 Others 2 8 5 2 3 4 0 20
   35
43
47 45 71 64 98 140    35 43 47 45 71 64 98 140
     
* - this table should be used as a guide only - its accuracy is not guaranteed.
     
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