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Island Vintage Bus participated in the Motoring Clubs Festival 2020 in Central today and a further selection of photographs will be added later today.
19th January 2020
80M Bus Model Shop is now accepting pre-orders for the above Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus Year of the Rat models.
The top photograph shows KMB's ADL 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 3ATENU166 (VN5786) which is on route 681 to Hong Kong Station (KMB2019069) and the bottom photograph shows Long Win's ADL Enviro500NG 6508 (TH9318) which is on route E32A to Kwai Fong (South) (KMB2019070). The former is limited to 650 pieces whilst the latter is limited to 600 pieces.
18th January 2020
Work has now been completed to include a numerical count of models produced together with a separate column for the vehicle length in the listings for 1/76th scale Hong Kong 'Bus Operators' and 'Model Manufacturers'.
Whilst the column for the vehicle length is self-explanatory, I would just like to clarify the following for the numerical count:-
Hong Kong bus operators - the new column is now the first column in each table and the number is shown in red. This provides a quick overview of the total number of models produced for each operator. As these are listed in date released order, new models are added to the foot of the table and the 'count' is simply increased accordingly, thus maintaining a cumulative total.
Model manufacturers - again, the new column is now the first column in each table and the number is shown in red. This provides a quick overview of the total number of models produced for each manufacturer. Whilst models in these tables are listed by model number, manufacturers adopt differing approaches when allocating model numbers. Some use a particular series for a particular type of vehicle, some use just a sequential series for any type of vehicle whilst others appear to have no logical link! For the manufacturers that have ceased trading, the application of the new 'count' column has been relatively easy, culminating in a final total. For those with small numbers of releases, the application has also been relatively easy. All the manufacturers, with the exception of Model 1, have a 'count' column that culminates in a final total - as Model 1 continue to release models adopting a specific series for each vehicle type, and to make my like easier when new models are added, a 'count' appears for each vehicle type, but for a total count, a table at the foot of the Model 1 page provides a quick overview and a final total.
I hope the above explains these amendments, however, should you have any queries or comments, please e-mail me. Whether the same 'count' facility is included in the Vehicle Type listing remains a possibility.
Just announced by APEC is this Kowloon Motor Bus AEC Regent Mk V, which is set for release shortly. It features A19 (AD4807) on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) (59909).
My thanks to regular contributor Ray Ng for sending me a set of photographs for the above APEC Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Berkhof bodied MAN 24.310 released in November last year (63002).
17th January 2020
Released in Hong Kong today is this Park Island liveried MAN A22 from Model 1 (63242). KZ1269 is on route NR330 to Park Island.
My thanks to Bill Wong for providing the above photographs (all are 'clickable') of Vancouver Translink's first batch of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC 'facelift' double-deckers, which will operate in the Greater Vancouver area.
Vancouver Translink (Operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company) is introducing 32 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 MMC Facelift double deckers, these buses are specifically for the freeway services with high capacity, the first unit commencing service in October 2019 on route 620 (Bridgeport Station - Tsawwassen Ferry) and route 301 (Newton Exchange - Brighouse Station).
Last week, these new buses were rolled out on a third route, route 555 (Lougheed Station - Carvolth Exchange), this route is runs along Trans-Canada Highway.
A couple of new 1/110 scale Tiny models have been announced recently. Above is a 'Red A' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon 3N153 (DK 3530) on route 1A (Box 141 - KMB2019064) - this is available for pre-order and is expected to be released in February.
The second is this 'AEON' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 2 featuring AVBU58 (PS 9654) on route 243M to Mayfair Garden.
15th January 2020
Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is the Stagecoach 'Magic Bus' Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon from Resin Specialist - it comes in four variations and full details have been added to a special page - just follow this link or click on the image below
12th January 2020
The major topic of conversation today in Hong Kong is the return of former China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DA1, the first air-conditioned bus in the CMB fleet.
Several companies have shown their support by sponsoring the return of DA1, Network Shuttle being one such company.
New pages and additional sets of photographs have tonight been added for the three Toyota Coaster public light buses from Model 1, which were released yesterday - just click on an image to be taken to the appropriate page.
11th January 2020
Kowloon Motor Bus has today confirmed the impending release of it's 'Year of the Rat' models.
Released today in Hong Kong are the above three Toyota Coaster public light buses from Model 1. New pages will be added shortly.
Set for release tomorrow (Saturday) is this 1/43 scale Daimler 'A' featuring HK4342 on route 2A to Lai Chi Kok (KMB2018027).
10th January 2020
Noted in service today were the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Rat' decorated buses. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his photos.
New pages have tonight been added for the two NP Model Neoplan Centroliners released at the end of December. On the left is AP49 (JT1608) on route 276P to Sheung Shui (NP1004) and on the right is AP89 (JV7178) on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin (NP1005). Each is limited to 150 pieces.
New pages have also been added for the above two models from BR Bus Model, these also being released at the end of 2019 and not previously recorded. On the left is ME8 (DF8120) on route 68A to Long Ping Estate (BR-017) whilst ME33 (DG4756) is on route 71B with a destination of Fu Heng - Tai Po Central (BR-018), Each is limited to 120 pieces.
8th January 2020
Interestingly there were no China Motor Bus models released in 2019 and here we are, just seven days into 2020, and there are no less than ten announced for release this year, the latest being these five Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts. The above image is 'clickable'. Who needs Corgi!
The above models have now been added to the list of 2020 models released and planned, which has also been revised in that it now lists planned models by bus operator. Work continues on the model manufacturer and bus operator pages to include a numerical count of releases together with the vehicle length.
7th January 2020
|Corgi today announced their release schedule for 2020....... and guess what, there are no Hong Kong models planned |
6th January 2020
|As promised, new pages
for the two Discovery Bay liveried MAN A22 from Model 1 have now been
added, just follow the links:- DBAY185 (63243) and DBAY187 (63244).
ADL 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 3ATENU166 carries Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Rat' decals and was noted operating route 681 today (image is clickable).
Pictured above is the actual public light bus released in Hong Kong yesterday - a larger image has been added to the relevant page (63816).
Recently released is the 1/43 scale Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa public light bus from Tiny (ATC43107). A new page and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.
On the subject of Tiny models, and in particular their 1/110 scale range, I am again grateful to Steve Walsh for providing information on some recent issues, which has now been added to the Tiny Index page.
And a glimpse of Tiny's Long Win Bus 'Year of the Rat' decorated ADL Enviro500NG fleet no. 6508
After almost a month of preparation, Sun Bus deployed two Dennis Tridents, transferred from Kowloon Motor Bus, on Ma Wan route NR331 and NR331S linking Tsuen Wan Station and Tsuen (West) Station respectively. The above images are 'clickable'.
5th January 2020
|New pages have tonight been added for the 'Block Sixteen Cart Noodle' liveried Toyota Coaster, released today (63816) along with the Log-On exclusive Toyota Coaster carrying route 36X route branding, which was released back in October 2019 (63814). Both models are from Model 1.|
E6X77 (WN5099) is one of eleven 12.8 metre 'facelift' ADL Enviro500s registered by Kowloon Motor Bus yesterday. Further photographs will be added to the section of the site shortly.
Following yesterday's announcement of the forthcoming release of two Discovery Bay MAN A22, I have received photographs of the actual vehicles to be modelled from regular contributor Bobby Liu, and these will be added when the new pages are created tomorrow. In the meantime, a taster of each is shown above.
4th January 2020
The above China Motor Bus 11-metre Leyland Olympians are also available to pre-order - fleet no. LA6 (FF3170) is on route 312 - the destination is blank but Tong Shui Road appears in the windscreen (63517) - fleet no.LA4 (EZ1236) is on route 592 to Causeway Bay (63518) - fleet no. LA17 (FG9004) is on route 307 to Tai Po Central (63519).
Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this 19 seat LPG Toyota Coaster BZB70R carrying Block Sixteen Cart Noodle livery by QConcept. It features VJ5287 with a destination of Mong Kok (63816). The above image is 'clickable'. Note the front bumper is different on this model compared to the three new models below.
Three further 19 seat Coasters are available to pre-order, Min Kee Motors JY7362 on route 26 to The Education University of HK (63818), Min Kee Motors VC8279 on route 308M to Tsing Mi Station (63819) and finally CC9369 on route 101 to Belvedere Garden (63820).
Thanks to Jacky of MSD Bus for advising the product codes for the two recently released NP Model Neoplan Centroliners, which are AP49 (NP1004) and AP89 (NP1005). New pages will be added shortly.
This is one I missed last year, and exclusive to Log-On (one of the three core components of City Super Group) - Sun Hop Hing Development VN8121 is on route 36X to Causeway Bay Times Square and is limited to 600 pieces (63814).
All the above models will be added to the relevant listings as soon as possible and new pages will be added in due course.
3rd January 2020
The first news to report for 2020 is the announcement that APEC are to release two versions of a Citybus liveried Berkhof bodied MAN 24.310. This batch of thirty-two buses never joined the Citybus fleet, instead being acquired by Kowloon Motor Bus, who acquired thirty of them, with Kwoon Chung Motors acquiring one and the final one being retain by Berkhof. The top model is on route 388 (63004) whilst the lower one displays a destination of MAN (63005). Being unlicensed models, they carry no fleetnames or logos.
I am grateful to Ray Ng for pointing out the obvious error in the table I posted yesterday, in which I listed that 208 Discovery Bay models having been issued - this has now been corrected to 15 models!
A new page has just been added for the resin KMB Albion Victor VT23L from AK Classic, which was released yesterday (AK3506).
1st January 2020
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