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This year sees this site celebrating it's 10th Anniversary. Since it's launch back in November 1998, it has developed well beyond my expectations and into a site covering a wide variety of oriental bus related items, as well as increased coverage of 'real' bus news. In an attempt to ensure that it continues to provide you with what you consider important, I would ask that you spend a minute or two in completing a simple survey, which can be found by following this link (link no longer available) -  Thank you.

31st January 2008
 
The two KMB Dennis Dragon resin models from P & T Model were released in Hong Kong yesterday. Both are numbered B0026, with 200 pieces of each version. Version A features 3N2 (CV2718) on route 112 to So Uk, and Version B features 3N3 (CW5424) on route 5 to Star Ferry. Neither carry KMB logos and interestingly 3N3 has a depot code K (Kwun Tong Depot) on the front, but 3N2 doesn't. Further photographs will be added shortly.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Y.C. Wong

New World First Bus have replaced ageing DM6 with DA66 for operation on route 15C between Peak Tram Station and Central/Star Ferry. It commenced service on January 25th and coincided with a fare increase from $3.2 to $4.0. My thanks to Dennis Y C Wong and Philip Chan for providing this news and photographs. A new page has tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site which features Peak Tram liveried buses. If you can add to these, please e-mail me

27th January 2008
 
The 80M Bus Model Shop website has small images of both the New World First Bus and Citybus 'Year of the Rat' models in its 'Coming Soon' section.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Universal Transport Fans Association

I have today received the first photographs of the Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of The Mouse' Olympian, AV326. My thanks to Universal Transport Fans Association for allowing the use of the photos on my site.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Universal Transport Fans Association

My thanks again to Universal Transport Fans Association for allowing me to use the above photograph, showing the first batch of Enviro 500s being assembled and which are due to enter service around the Chinese New Year.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Stephen Cho

Today is Australia Day and once again several preserved buses have been out on special services in Sydney. Pictured above is former China Motor Bus MCW Metrobus ML1 , in pristine condition. My thanks to Stephen Cho for sending the photo. 

26th January 2008
 
Model kindly supplied by Creative Master Northcord Ltd

The latest Volvo B7R/Sunwin from CMNL is in the familiar livery of Shanghai Ba-Shi group (cnbus1010). Details of this model already appear on several retailers websites, as well as that of Creative Master Northcord Ltd's UK distributor, John Ayrey Diecasts Ltd. My thanks to CMNL for providing a sample model.

25th January 2008
 
Two new pages have tonight been added for the two Transmac (Guangzhou) models announced yesterday. GZBUS5001 and GZBUS5001A are each limited to 600 pieces. 
24th January 2008
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Concorde Hobby Shop

The Concorde Hobby Shop website has announced two new models from Mei Yi. Again based on the Guangzhou bus Model Yu Tong ZK6118HG they are in the livery of Transmac (Guangzhou). Both are on route 180 to  Guangzhou station and each version is limited to 600 pieces. The retail price is HK$308.

22nd January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
K.M.Cheng

My thanks to Dennis Law for being quick off the mark yet again in sending me photographs of the New World First Bus 'Year of the Rat' liveried Dennis Dragon DA96. Thanks also to Kenneth K.T. Ma and KM Cheng for allowing me to use their excellent photos, which have just been added to the Xtra section of the site.

20th January 2008
 
For the second month in a row, Donald MacRae, regular contributor to this site, has his photographs featured in Buses Magazine. 'Hong Kong's double deckers' is the theme this time, making a colourful centre-page spread in the February edition of the magazine.  Donald's huge selection of photographs can be found at his Fotopic site, VictoryGuy's Photo Gallery. As mentioned, Donald regularly  contributes to this site, always offering photographs of the actual bus after a new model has been announced. This was typified recently with him sending me photos of KMB's 3N2, as soon as details of the resin model emerged - these can be found by following the link. Well done Donald and thank you.

 
The Chinese Zodiac page is currently undergoing alterations, with a view to showing thumbnail images of all the Zodiac models from all the bus operators. Completed so far are the KMB models.

 
With the various Year of the Rat/Mouse liveries beginning to appear on the actual buses, I would welcome any photos of these buses, in order that they may be added to the Xtra section of the site.
19th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Due for release in Hong Kong on Sunday 20th January is the Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Mouse' model from Cars Workshop (92201). Limited to 5,000 pieces, it features Volvo Olympian AV326 on route no. 35A to Tsim Sha Tsui East and will retail for HK$288. My thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop for providing details of this model so promptly and for all the photographs.

Does this mean the end of Corgi's involvement in oriental models - if you know, please e-mail me


 
My thanks to Andrew Shirley for providing all the missing details for the 1/150 scale models from Cars Workshop, which has enabled me to create new pages for all of these models.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Kenneth K.T.Ma

Pictured above is the 'Year of the Rat' livery which has been applied to Citybus Dennis Dragon No 830. New World First Bus DA96 is also to be decorated and it is reported that models of both will soon be issued. A new page has just been added to the Xtra section of the site where further photographs can be viewed. My thanks to regular Hong Kong correspondent Dennis Law and Kenneth K.T.Ma for providing this information and the photos.

18th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Thanks to Jotus.com, a new page featuring photographs from the Hong Kong Transport Society's Bus Rally last Sunday has tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site. 

15th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Edward Yeo

My thanks to Edward Yeo, not only for advising me of the launch of the above Volvo B7RLE demostrator for SBS Transit, Singapore, but also for sending me a superb selection of photos. This bus is assembled by a local bus and coach builder, Soon Chow Corporation. These photos have now been added to the Xtra section of the site. 


 
My special thanks to Creative Master Northcord Ltd for continuing to support my site by providing samples of their new oriental model releases. This not only allows me to pass on the information to you, but also enables me to photograph the model, therefore providing a good selection of high-resolution photos.......  if only some of the others could do the same!!
12th January 2008
 

Creative Master Northcord have today announced the release of a new model (cnbus1011), pictured above. The full Press Release can be viewed by following the link. 

11th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
312 Model

312 Model are to release resin models of two of the first three 12-metre Dennis Dragons for Kowloon Motor Bus. 3N2 is on route 112 to So Uk whilst 3N3 is on route 5 to Star Ferry.

10th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Jacky Ho

Whilst mentioned in the news for 21st December, I can confirm that the above Best Choose 1/120 scale CMB Olympian (06201) has since been released. Featuring CMB's last Olympian VA64 on route no. 101 to Kennedy Town, it is limited to 2,000 pieces. My thanks to Jacky Ho for confirming this information and providing the photographs.


 
I can confirm that the Best Choose 1/120 scale KMB Olympian was in fact released in late December and it carries no limited edition certificate. 
6th January 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of DM

What appears to be the first release of 2008 (see news for 6th January) is this Best Choose 1/120 scale KMB Olympian (06203). On route no. 89 to Lek Yuen, it carries the registration is HH4757, which is that of a 12 metre Olympian 3AV335. My thanks to 'DM' for confirming this information and providing the photographs. Any further details of this model would be welcome.


 
The 2008 Hong Kong Bus Rally, organised by the Hong Kong Transport Society, will be held at Police Driving School in Fanling on Sunday 13th January
5th January 2008
 
The Club Busrama pages of the Porte Publishing website gives details of Creative Master Northcord's second release of the Isuzu BX141 Japanese bonneted bus (JB5002) which, according to the site, is due for release at the end of February.

 
It is reported that KMB's 'Year of The Rat' model will again be based on a Volvo Olympian, but that it is to be produced by Cars Workshop and not Corgi, who have produced the ten previous KMB 'Year of ' models . 
2nd January 2008
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