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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

To mark the 115th anniversary of Hong Kong Tramways, 'millennium' tram no. 170 has been decorated with 350 images of Hong Kong trams. Japanese artist Koichi Matsuda has taken as many as 10,000 photos of Hong Kong’s iconic trams over the past five years but at no time did he expect his pictures to one day feature on the vehicle he loves. The city’s tramway will celebrate its 115th anniversary this year with the launch of Art Tram – designed by Matsuda.

The body of the special edition tram uses around 350 of his images and shows a range of eye-catching advertisements, from international retail brands to Chinese medicated oil.

A link to the full article in the South China Morning Post can be found by following this link.
 

 
A new page has now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section featuring photographs from yesterday's Island Vintage Bus Running Day.   
21st January 2019

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Island Vintage Bus

Today saw the inaugral Island Vintage Bus Running Day in Hong Kong, with two former China Motor Bus vehicles taking place, namely Guy Arab Mk V AD4563 and Volvo Olympian VA64, the last new bus delivered to China Motor Bus. 
20th January 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Dream Land
 
New Lantao Bus today introduced its Enviro400s on route 3M, which operates between Mui Wo Ferry Pier and Tung Chung Town Centre. The Transport Department gave the go-ahead back in April 2018 for the use of double-deckers on this route stating that they expected the bus operator to monitor the route closely, particularly in areas where the buses may collide with tree branches. The buses can accommodate up to 88 passengers, which increases capacity by 40 per cent. AD10 (VU4684) was noted earlier today heading for Tung Chung.
19th January 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore
 
And another shot of ME5 from Tim Moore's superb collection.
18th January 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore

My thanks to Tim Moore for allowing me to share this shot of ME5, taken at Yuen Long in November 1992.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Network Shuttle are accepting pre-orders for the above New World First Ferry model
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Meanwhile, the above New World First Ferry was released yesterday.
17th January 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
 
These two Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes-Benz 0.305 models have been released in Hong Kong today - ME5 (DF6548) carries 'Red A' all-over advertising and is on route 68X to Jordan Road Ferry (CR188002) - it is limited to 400 pieces. The plain white version carries no fleet number or registration number, but is on route 70 to Sheung Shui (CR188005) - it is limited to 380 pieces.

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop are accepting pre-orders for the KMB and Long Win 'Year of the Pig' models, as detailed above - these images are 'clickable'.
16th January 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Some further shots of the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Pig' liveried buses in service today - thanks to Hong Choi, New pages will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site with further images shortly.


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HO Wing Hong
 
My thanks to HO Wing Hong for allowing me to share his photograph of the actual Kowloon Motor Bus 3BL1, models of which were released yesterday.
15th January 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus
 
Released in Hong Kong today are the two Kowloon Motor Bus liveried ECW bodied Leyland Olympians from P&T Diecast (DC1022 & DC1023). 
   



Photograph courtesy and copyright of P&T Model (Diecast)

Today also sees P&T Diecast post a 'teaser' photograph of part of an MTR liveried Daimler DMS on route 602 between City One Shatin and Kowloon Tong. 
   

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kwok Leung Lo

Citybus and New World First Bus unveiled their 'Year of the Pig' liveried buses today - Citybus 8537 (VP850) is a 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63346/CM151) whilst New World First Bus has decorated 6188 (VE8977) a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63345/20081). No news on the release date of the respective models is presently known.

   

Press Release 14th January 2019
 
Wrightbus International, the international arm of the Wrights Group, has won two further orders from Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) in Hong Kong for a total of 100 double-deckers.


Fifty StreetDecks with two axles are destined for the territory, the first time Wrightbus integral vehicles have been ordered by this long standing customer, along with an order for a further 50 double-deckers with a Volvo chassis. This follows delivery of a solitary StreetDeck last year for evaluation.

Due to be delivered and deployed on Hong Kong routes during the second half of 2019, the StreetDecks all feature twin doors and are 10.65m in length.  The StreetDecks will have a Euro6 six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM936 engine, a Voith D854.6 gearbox with an integral retarder included. All seats will be fitted with seatbelts, as Hong Kong buses operate with more seated passengers than standing. Air conditioning is fitted in accordance with Asia Pacific specification, hence the six-cylinder engine in place of the four-cylinder OM934 that has been standard on UK StreetDecks. The OM936 is also available now as a UK option.

The second order for the additional 50 double-deckers are of the same tri-axle model and specification as the 150 announced in October 2018, featuring Wrightbus bodywork and a Volvo B8L chassis. This latest order will be delivered in early autumn 2019 and brings the total number of units sold by the Ballymena manufacturer to Hong Kong in the past two years to 584.

John McLeister, group business and product development director, says: “The Asia Pacific market, in particular Hong Kong, is currently proving to be extremely buoyant for us. These latest orders follow business concluded with KMB’s sister company, LongWin Bus, as well as Citybus and Japanese tour bus operator, Hatobus.

“In recent years we’ve worked hard to establish the Wrightbus name and vehicles in the region and it is exciting to see this bearing fruit and our buses going into service in places like Hong Kong and Tokyo.  We’re confident that operators, drivers and passengers alike will be enjoying the many benefits these buses bring in terms of operational efficiency, reduced emissions and comfort.”

All orders will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus campus in Gracehill, Ballymena.
14th January 2019

   

Another new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, this featuring the Citybus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents acquired from New World First Bus.
 13th January 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL AWBWU402 (TH1110) in 'Year of the Pig' livery operating on route 108 earlier today. My thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to share his photographs.

Larger images for this and the Long Win version have been added to the
Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Source of photograph unknown

I believe there is a variation to the recently released 'KicKers' Mercedes-Benz 0.305 from BR Bus Model (BR-002), this featuring a destination of Tai Po KCR, as shown above - confirmation or otherwise would be welcome.
12th January 2019

   
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As mentioned below, Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus have unveiled their 'Year of the Pig' liveries and above is that for Long Win Bus adorning 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 2502 (VE573).


   
My thanks to Keith Wood for drawing my attention to this recent publication, 'The Tramways of Hong Kong - A History in Pictures' by Peter Waller, which arrived today. Further details can be found by following the link.
11th January 2019

 
Photographs of the 'Year of the Pig' buses for Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus have appeared today. The KMB version features Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL AWBWU402 (TH1110) in a predominantly pink livery whilst that for Long Win features 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 2502 (VE573) in a predominantly yellow livery.
10th January 2019


Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

The second release from BR Bus Model was issued today in the form of Mercedes-Benz 0.305 ME15 (DF9698) in all-over advertising for KicKers (BR-002). It is on route 74K to Sam Mun Tsai and is limited to 388 pieces,

According to my records, this is the first model to feature route number 74K and destination of Sam Mun Tsai.

   

Having just obtained a pre-production example of Corgi's 2004 Citybus 'Year of the Monkey' Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident (OM44401) I have just added a new page to the 'Pre-production models' section of the site - just follow this direct link.
9th January 2019

   
How times have changed for Corgi - released twenty years ago this month was this Stagecoach Hong Kong Volvo Olympian (43217), one of eighteen models announced by Corgi in their January-March 1999 catalogue.
8th January 2019

Photographs courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus
   
Released in Hong Kong today are these two Kowloon Motor Bus liveried 11 metre Volvo Olympians from Best Choose. AV249 (HH6380) (top) is on route 60X to Tuen Mun Town Center (180131) and AV156 (GY6694) is on route 307 to Sheung Wan (180132). Each is limited to 350 pieces and new pages and further photographs will be added shortly.
  7th January 2019

A few minor changes in appearance have been made to the 'top level' pages of the site (those that appear at the top of each page) to enable
the inclusion of the site's name and new logo, as a result of the increasing number of visitors who do not access the site via the 'Home' page. 

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Kennis Tam

My thanks to Kennis Tam for allowing me to share these shots of former China Motor Bus Volvo Olympian VA64, the final new bus for the company, which he spotted in Sheung Wan earlier today.

   
New pages have now been added for the two Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes-Benz 0.305 models detailed below.
6th January 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
 
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop are accepting pre-orders for the above Mercedes-Benz 0.305 models - ME5 (DF6548) carries 'Red A' all-over advertising and is on route 68X to Jordan Road Ferry (CR188002) - it is limited to 400 pieces. The plain white version carries no fleet number or registration number, but is on route 70 to Sheung Shui (CR188005) - it is limited to 380 pieces.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are these two 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s in Kowloon Motor Bus champagne livery. Both feature 3ATENU119 (UF8335) - the first (top) is on route 42A to Cheung Hang (KMB2018094) whilst the second is on route 60X to Tuen Mun Central (KMB2018121). Each is limited to 400 pieces. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of P&T Model (Diecast)

P&T Model (Diecast) are to release a second version of Kowloon Motor Bus 3BL1 (CV184) (see News 1st January) this version is on route 80 to Mei Lam (DC1022).
4th January 2019

   

New pages have just been added for the two forthcoming 16-seat Toyota Coaster public light buses from Model 1 - AMS1 is on route 451 to Fo Tan (63805) (left) and AV6168 is on route 56 to North Point (63806).
3rd January 2019

   
It didn't take long for the first models of 2019 to be released!

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle

These two versions of Discovery Bay's Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart, DBAY121 (HD7319), from Model 1, were released today. That on route 6 (63123) is limited to 500 pieces whilst that with a destination of 3/2/7/8 (63124) is limited to 388 pieces.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of P&T Model (Diecast)

P&T Model (Diecast) has announced today it will release a model of Kowloon Motor Bus 3BL1 (CV184), a 12 metre three-door Eastern Coach Works bodied Leyland Olympian (DC1023). No other details are presently known.
1st January 2019
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