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Creative Master Northcord Ltd today announced their UK Release Update, in which hkbus 2010, Stagecoach Devon Olympian No. 13601 (BIW 4977), former Citybus No 135, is due for release in May. 13601 has it's very own website - just follow the link! (link now removed following the demise of fotopic) 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model

My thanks to Donald MacRae for informing me that the 312 Model website has today been updated with photographs of two versions of a resin Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Leyland Olympian demonstrator 3BL1. One version is on route 112 to North Point whilst the other is on route 6 to Lai Chi Kok. Further details will be published, when known. 

30th April 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Stephen Cho 

Pictured above is New World First Bus Enviro 500 No. 5504, on a bus enthusiasts tour in Sydney. My thanks to Stephen Cho for such a superb photo ....  and for sharing it!  Further photographs can be found in the Xtra section of the site - choose 'Other Items'. 
 


 
My thanks to Phil Allcorn for contacting me about the plain green Peak Horse tram featured in Fridays' News. He believes this is in fact product code 11102, and the tram I had previously recorded as 11102, that featuring a similar green livery but with Hongkong Tramways lettering in gold, was a later special issue of this model. Any further information/clarification would be most welcome.
27th April 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alan E Moore

My thanks to Alan Moore for sending me photographs of the above four WJB Hong Kong trams. New pages and further photographs will be added to the Trams section shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Network Shuttle

Pictured above is another specially commissioned model from Creative Master Northcord Ltd (cnbus0004). Again, a Volvo B7R/Sunwin, the model has been issued to celebrate a 100 years ... but I am unsure of what! 

****  Update  ****
My thank to Dave Rogers and Sydney Yeung for clarifying the special occasion which literally reads "Shanghai Public Transit (Bus) Services Centennial Celebration 1908-2008". 
26th April 2008
 

My thanks, once again, to Tony for informing me of another Peak Horse tram, not previously recorded on my 'Trams' page. Tram no. 28 (pictured above) carries a plain green livery, with black roof. It's destination reads Happy Valley. No product code, or quantity, is known. If you can provide further information on this or any other tram, listed or missing, e-mail me.


 
Photograph courtesy of
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum has released a Star Ferry related publication - "Star Struck". Priced at $40 each, this book
mainly covers the material presented during the "Star Struck" exhibition, which was held at Central Star Ferry Pier between December 2007 and January 2008. Click on the above image to view the 'Contents' page.

25th April 2008
 
The websites for both Citybus and NWFB have now been merged into one corporate website, which can be found at https://www.nwstbus.com.hk .

 
My thanks to Alan Moore for providing photographs of the Checkmate Bridgestone liveried Jinling double-decker (90133) and Best Choose resin MCW Metrorider (05031). Interestingly, Alan's version of the Checkmate model carries route number 66, but it would appear that others carry route number 43. Thanks also to Tony for providing photographs of the Promise (03023) and predominantly green (11104) liveried trams.
23rd April 2008
 
The recent photographs of ex-China Motor Bus DL2 taken the Hong Kong Classic Transportation Club's membership application activity on 6th April have now been added to the Xtra section of the site, as have the two photographs of the new King Long double-decker in Shenzhen. 
11th April 2008
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of 
Patrick Chan

My thanks to Patrick Chan for sending me the above photographs of this new King Long double-deck bus now operating in Shenzhen. Higher resolution photographs will be added shortly.

 10th April 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Doug Stewart
with the kind permission of CMNL
Photograph of a pre-production model
Courtesy and copyright of 'Dennis'

The above two Creative Master Northcord Sunwin models are believed to have been specially commissioned by Kunming New World First Bus. The first, in familiar New World First Bus colours (cnbus0002) represents fleet no. 1408 on route no. 2. The second (cnbus0003) is in the attractive turquoise and white livery of Kunming Bus and represents fleet no. 1346 on route no. 52. It is believed each is limited to 500 pieces -  PLEASE NOTE these models are not generally available. 

My thanks to Doug Stewart and Dennis for providing information and photographs of these models. If you are able to provide any further details, please e-mail me.


 
Photograph of courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Pictured above is former China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DL2, taken during the Hong Kong Classic Transportation Club's membership application activity on Sunday at Jordan. Further photographs will be added shortly.

8th April 2008
 

As part of the ongoing changes to this site, in this its 10th anniversary year, a new 'Trams' section has just been added, featuring various models of Hong Kong trams. This section can be accessed from the [other items] link on the navigation bar, found at the top and bottom of each page. There are still quite a few gaps, and missing photographs, so if you are able to help in any way, please e-mail me. A special thank you to Andrew Shirley for providing photographs and details of many of these trams. 

 6th April 2008
 
New pages have tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site - one features photographs of the new Long Win Bus Enviro 500s and the other features photographs of the fire damaged buses at KMB's Tin Shui Wai Depot. My thanks to Alex Cheng, Dennis Law and Alan W.L.Wong for providing this 'real bus' information. 

My thanks also to Creative Master Northcord for providing a sample model of the of Isuzu BX141 bonnet bus (JB5002), which has enabled me to photograph the model and add the results to the aforementioned page. 

 4th April 2008
 
Following yesterdays news, a new page has tonight been added for the Creative Master Northcord Isuzu BX141 bonnet bus JB5002 and new photographs have been added of the Best Choose 1/24th scale Metrobus. I am presently unable to confirm a product code for this model, so if anyone can assist, please e-mail me.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

Pictured above is one of two new Long Win Bus Enviro 500s carrying 2008 decals Further photographs will be added to the Xtra section of the site shortly

3rd April 2008
 
A brief update only, as I have arrived home
from holiday this evening with an overflowing inbox!

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Jotus.com

Released in Hong Kong today is the Best Choose 1/24th scale China Motor Bus MCW Metrobus. The model represents MC12 . It is limited to 600 pieces. It has the choice of five destination/route numbers, namely:- Central - 780; Kotewall Road - 13; Chai Wan - 106; Stanley - 260 and Chung Hom Kok - 262. The model retails for about HK$1,680. Further photographs will be added as soon as possible.


 

In my absence, Creative Master Northcord announced the release of its second livery on the long-awaited Isuzu BX141 bonnet bus replica, JB5002, in Japan National Rail Bus colours (cream / green). Further details and photographs will again be added as soon as normal service is resumed!


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alan W.L.Wong 

A disastrous fire took place at KMB's Tin Shui Wai Depot during the night of 31st March, causing severe damage to the following 10
buses:
 

ATR54 - HX7649 ATR195 - JM8323 ATR358 - HR8939 ATS36 - JK6249
ATE180 - LN5481 AVW55 - LP771 3ASV49 - JG5355 3ASV311 - KK2883
3ASV140 - JZ5727 3ASV263 - KH3743    

It is believed that at least 8 of the buses will end up as total losses. Further photographs will be added shortly.
 


 
and finally.......

I am advised by Mike Davis, author of the superb series of 'Hong Kong Buses' books that he is about to issue a limited run digital reprint of his 1995 book, 'Hong Kong Buses Volume Two - Kowloon Motor Bus Co.'

It will be a soft cover version with as many of the original typos edited as possible. Please note that it is NOT an updated edition.

Published by DTS Publishing, it will retail for 29.95, an increase on the original price reflecting the limited run and digital process, the latter being more expensive than conventional printing methods. Anyone ordering will be asked to allow up to 21-days for delivery. More details will follow.

2nd April 2008
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