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The Exhibition of the History on Hong Kong Bus Models 2008 will be held in Level 2 of the Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Road from 18th July 2008 to 5th August 2008. Further information (in Chinese) can be found on the 80M Bus Model Shop website.
25th June 2008
 

A new link has tonight been added to the SBS 9199C Singapore Bus Gallery Fotopic site - why not take a look (Fotopic sites no longer available)! 


 

Further details and photographs have also been added for the Nikon liveried tram from Peak Horse.

25th June 2008
 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

Further to Friday's teaser, pictured above is former Kowloon Motor Bus MCW Metrobus S3M245 (EL6774), now carrying fictitious 'KNB' fleetnames and modified KMB livery. It has been reported that this bus will be used for movie shooting purposes before ....... you'll just have to wait and see!

My thanks to regular contributor Dennis Law for providing this information and the photographs.


 
I am reliably informed that Concorde Hobby Shop will soon release a resin model featuring one of KMB's AM-class Mitsubishi MK11J buses.

 
The Club Busrama pages of the Porte Publishing website shows photographs of what I assume to be their next commissioned model, namely a Creative Master Northcord Ltd Isuzu BX341 bonneted bus (JB5003), whose release appears to be planned for August.
23rd June 2008
 
Photograph courtesy of Worldwide Model Buses
and copyright of Britbus

Britbus has unveiled a second pre-production version of China Motor Bus Dennis Loline LW1 (DL-CM1). This version represents the vehicle soon after entering service and after the sliding door, which was found to be unsuitable, had been replaced by folding doors.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

Have KMB changed their name, or has the wrong logo been applied to this MCW Metrobus? - find out in the next update on Sunday! 


 

Absolutely nothing to do with Oriental Model Buses, just a newly arrived Scania with East Lancs Olympus bodywork for one of my local operators - in fact I believe it to be it's first new bus. Damory Coaches, part of the Go Ahead group, usually operate rather dilapidated Bristol VRs! 

 20th June 2008
 
Thanks to DTS Publishing for providing details of their forthcoming book entitled 'Hong Kong Buses Volume 6 - Lantau Island' by Mike Davis. It is expected to be released later this year, and below is an extract from their website:-
"In this 6th volume in the Hong Kong Buses series, the buses on Lantau Island are examined, looking mainly at past and present buses which operate in the area now known as South Lantau. The earliest were four Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Pax single-deckers operated along the only road open to motor vehicles, South Lantau Road, from the east as far as the reservoir construction site at Shek Pik. The story continues with the small operators which sprang up to fill the vacuum left by the departure of KMB. These amalgamated in 1973 to form the New Lantao Bus Company (1973) Limited (NLB) (note the different spelling of the island name in the title of the bus company). NLB was subsequently absorbed by Kwoon Chung Motors, in whose ownership it remains today. The second present day operator whose buses are described is Discovery Bay Transit Cpn. Ltd. which operates in the privately owned Resort of the same name. A brief look is taken at Lantau Tours and at the off-road site buses used during the construction of Chek Lap Kok Airport in North Lantau during the 1990s. Lastly, there is a photographic overview of the Airport Bus Services operated by Long Win Bus Services and Cityflyer/Citybus. South Lantau is a largely rural area, as indeed all Lantau once was, contrasting with the busy urban scene with which most people associate Hong Kong. In order to dispel this idea, there is a section showing the operating environment of NLB, including steep and narrow mountain roads, quiet villages with saucy names, and roads with buffalo ruminating at the roadside."
Further information will be published here, when known. 
18th June 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Jotus.com

Now released in Hong Kong is this 1/50 scale resin Austin J2 public light bus from Hong Kong Model Co. (57801C). 

15th June 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released today in Hong Kong are the two Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Lance models from Cars Workshop. Both feature AN23 (Reg. no. FU5072). The first (92401) is on route A2 to 'Airport' and carries 'Airbus' route branding. It is fitted with luggage racks. The second (92402) is on route 110 to Jordan Road Ferry and carries plain white livery and normal seating.


 

The index page for the Trams section has been revised and some new trams added, one of which is pictured above. Just follow the link. 

14th June 2008
 
I spent an enjoyable day at Southampton's Royal Victoria Country Park where the first bus rally for 10 years was staged. The weather was superb and I came home with a few more items than I went with!
 

Firstly, my thanks to Creative Master Northcord Ltd for kindly supplying a sample of their latest Olympian model, Stagecoach Devon's 13601 (hkbus2010). Several photographs have now been added, with more to follow when time allows!.
 

Modelstone Bus Club had a huge selection of bus photographs on their stand, one of which is pictured above. Whilst this photograph features the Airbus livery as applied to the forthcoming Cars Workshop model, the above photograph is of sister vehicle AN23. A photograph of AN24 (the model) has been added to the page for the model itself (92401). Thanks to Tony Cutler for allowing me to use these photographs. 

A Nissin Food Peak Horse (11107) tram was also acquired and a new photograph of this and another recently acquired model, Scotts Emulsion (11105), have just been added. 
 

And finally, ex-Citybus Leyland Olympian No 345, now with Roadliner of Poole, gave visitors to the rally a welcomed 'air-con' ride, with temperatures in the sun reaching 26C. 

8th June 2008
 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Hong Kong Model Co. and 
Concorde Hobby Shop

The Hong Kong Model Co. and Concorde Hobby Shop websites show a new 1/50 scale Austin J2 Public Light Bus (57801C) registration no. AE4785. A photograph of the rear of this vehicle is featured in Northcord Transport's Hong Kong Buses Yearbook 2002.

7th June 2008
 
I have tonight added a new page for the resin KMB Dennis Jubilant N1 issued by Venus Collectibles in March 2007 (RDD01) - clearly an oversight on my part for failing to add this page despite details being provided by regular contributor Andrew Shirley over a year ago - sorry!

 
As promised earlier in the week, a new page featuring The Nature Bus has now been added to the Xtra section of the site, just follow the link and choose 'Other Items'.
5th June 2008
 
Photographs of the Cars Workshop KMB Dennis Lance have been removed following a request to do so. 

 

Universal Transport Fans Association will organise a charity bus tour on Sunday 8th June, using an Alexander Dennis Enviro 500
sponsored by New World First Bus. All proceeds will be donated to "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund" to help the earthquake victims in Sichuan, China.  A poster promoting this charity event is shown above and further information can be found here (link no longer available).


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Plaxtonl

Pictured above is Nature Bus, ex-Kowloon Motor Bus D989 (originally BT207 and later re-registered FZ2496). In late May, the Nature Bus of Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services, was towed to a public car park at Tai Po from KMB's Kowloon Bay depot. My thanks to Dennis Law and Plaxtonl for providing this information and photographs, more of which will be added to the Xtra section of the site shortly.

2nd June 2008
 
Photograph removed
2nd June 2008

A further selection of photographs have tonight been added for the KMB Dennis Lance (92401), which is expected to be released shortly. 


 
I have now received further information on the recently issued NWFB and Citybus 1/150 scale models and their packaging. There are three complete sets available, which are as follows:-
1  -  standard package : no roof top for the bus depot with six NWFB mini bus models and six Citybus mini bus models. The decoration on the display box is for both Citybus and NWFB.

2  -  Citybus version : with roof top of the bus depot and with six NWFB mini bus models and six Citybus mini bus models. The decoration on the display box is for Citybus.

3  -  NWFB version : with roof top of the bus depot and with six NWFB mini bus models and six Citybus mini bus models. The decoration on the display box is for NWFB.

Alternatively, each model can be purchased individually.

My thanks to Nigel Eadon-Clarke and Jotus.com for providing this additional information.


 
The Britbus China Motor Bus Dennis Loline (DL-CM1) is expected to be released, according to the 80M Bus Model Shop website, in July.
1st June 2008
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