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A larger, high resolution photograph of the KMB Scania featured in yesterday's news has now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

 
Regular contributor Donald MacRae has recently scanned the slides from his September 1998 trip to Hong Kong, and these have now been loaded onto his Fotopic site. Just click on the screen-shot below ... 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
David Lam

My thanks to David Lam for sending me a selection of photographs showing BC Transit (British Columbia Transit, Canada) fleet no. 9527, the first hybrid Enviro500 on the North American continent, in regular service. The remaining photographs will be added shortly.

30th May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Vincent Chong

Kowloon Motor Bus's new Scania K230UB single-deckers have begun to enter service this week. They have been designated as being the ASB class. The above photograph, taken at Jordan, shows ASB6 (NU9285) on route 2C to Tsim Sha Tsui. My thanks to Vincent Chong for providing the photograph and information. A higher resolution image will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly. If you know of any other of this batch of vehicles to enter service, please e-mail me  - photographs would, of course, be most welcome.

29th May 2009

 
My thanks to Dennis Law for advising that Kowloon Motor Bus has just announced that their next model issue(s) will feature Dennis Dragons S3N241 (ES5816) on route 62X to Tuen Mun Central and S3N255 (EU9551) on route 93K to Mong Kok East Railway Station. The quantity for each version will be 1,000.

 
I am now on holiday for almost a week, so there will be no updates during this time. Please do continue to e-mail me any news or photographs, ready for my return.
23rd May 2009

 
Following the recent photograph of the Big Bus Toyota Coaster, the question was asked, is this the smallest 'Big Bus' in operation? 

Well Andrew Webb says 'no', and advises that the Dubai operation uses Mercedes minibuses (at least two) on feeder services from hotels to the tour route.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Wong

... and yet more new Enviro500s, this time for MTR. It is believed they have received five Shenzhen built examples, one of which (fleet no 810) is believed to have entered service briefly, but has since been withdrawn.

The Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has now been updated to include some interior shots of the new Citybus Enviro500 together with the Long Win examples featured yesterday. If you want to see footage of Citybus 8110 and 8111, videos can be viewed on YouTube, just follow these links :-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyLPa1q4Gqw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r9p5nCeD44
 

21st May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Master Pebble

More 'real' bus news, and again featuring an Alexander Dennis Enviro500, this time for Long Win Bus. My thanks to Master Pebble and Dennis Law for providing the photos.

Further photographs of the new Citybus Enviro500s have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, with more to follow, when time permits. Further photographs of the Long Win examples will also be added shortly.


 
Back to model buses, and in particular the 1/150 scale plastic Kowloon Motor Bus models from Cars Workshop, I am indebted to Neo K.C. Cheung for taking the time and trouble to detail the missing information, following my appeal on 15th May - thank you Neo. New pages for each model will be added in due course. 
20th May 2009

 
First day of service for Citybus 8110 and 8112
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

Three new Citybus Alexander Dennis Enviro500s entered service today, namely 8110 (NU4614), 8111 (NU5176) and 8112 (NU7670). All were employed on route 102, which runs between Shau Kei Wan and Mei Foo. My special thanks to Dennis Law, not only for providing this news, but also for supplying such a selection of photographs, more of which will be added shortly.

19th May 2009

 
Further photographs of the new CLP Power Alexander Dennis Enviro500s have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, and once again my sincere thanks to Patrick Chan of CLP Power for providing these. Some further photographs of other CLP Power buses will be added shortly.
18th May 2009

 
The Concorde Hobby Shop website gives details of two further resin releases of Kowloon Motor Bus Mitsubishi Fuso. Version A represents fleet no. AM40 on route A7 and is limited to 250 pieces. The second represents fleet no. AM95 on route 212 and is limited to 150 pieces. 
17th May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Hong Kong Model Co.

The Hong Kong Model Co. website gives details of two new resin models, which are set to be released in Hong Kong tomorrow. Both feature the Kowloon Motor Bus Seddon Pennine 4. The first, AR7661, is in 'as delivered' livery and is on route 40 to Tsuen Wan Ferry (8172A) whilst the second, fleet no. S40 (AR7660) represents KMB's later livery with a full cream front and vents in the front roof dome. This is on route 35A to On Yam (8173A). 

16th May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Patrick Chan, CLP Power

My thanks to Patrick Chan of CLP Power for providing exclusive photographs of one of their new Alexander Dennis Enviro500. Further higher resolution photographs have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site - now how about a model!


 
I am still missing specific information for the set of 12 plastic 1/150 Kowloon Motor Bus models issued by Cars Workshop in April (Product nos. 15013 - 15024). If you are able to help, or provide photos, please e-mail me.
 15th May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Dennis Law

My thanks to Dennis Law for sending me a couple of photos of Big Bus Company Toyota Coaster LM8337, and he asks the question, is this the smallest Big Bus in operation?  Please e-mail me if you know of a smaller vehicle - sorry no prizes! Larger resolution images have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

13th May 2009

 

Released last Friday in Hong Kong were the two resin versions of Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Jubilant CF4180 from Auto Motor Collection. The first (amb001c-hk) is on route 1K to Kowloon Station (South Circular) whilst the second (amb001d-hk) has route and destination decals for the purchaser to apply. Both models are limited to 180 pieces each. Further photographs will be added shortly. 

12th May 2009

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Pan

My thanks to Pan for sending me the above photographs of New World First Bus Enviro500 No. 5507 and Dennis Trident No. 1109 carrying recently applied all-over decals for Wellcome, Hong Kong's longest established supermarket chain.

10th May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright
Network Shuttle Model Shop

The Concorde Hobby Shop have announced two versions of a resin kit, namely a Mitsubishi Fuso Mk117J (CHS0903). One version has the seating arrangement for KMB whilst the other has the seating layout for KCRC. Each is limited to 100 pieces. No certificate, logo, route number, destination or instructions are included.


 
Further to the recent publication of the photograph of the China Light & Power (CLP) Enviro500, it is confirmed that CLP has ordered five Enviro500s from Alexander-Dennis, with the bodies being assembled in the Wuzhoulong factory in South China together. This same factory is building/has built similar Enviro500s for Citybus, NWFB and MTR Bus. 

My thanks to "ATENVIRO", for providing this information. "ATENVIRO" is a newly developed Hong Kong bus enthusiast group formed in 2007. The group consists of members from different bus companies and bus enthusiasts with specific knowledge or information about buses. There is also a subsidiary website "BUS DATAFILE" which provides details of Hong Kong bus fleet lists. In addition, "ATENVIRO" provides updates to the PSV Circle for the fleet movements of Hong Kong bus companies. The group organises various activities, including the occasional bus trip. The group's Facebook page can be found here. - link no longer available.

6th May 2009

 
The New World First Bus Enviro500 (80897) is set for release on Thursday 7th May whilst the Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 (DW10901) is due two days later, on Saturday 9th May. 

 
The 80M Bus Model Shop website gives a release date of June for the Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon (see News for 22nd/23rd March 2009).
4th May 2009

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Today's news returns to models, thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, who have sent me photographs of the forthcoming Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 from Drumwell (DW10901). 


 
Further photographs have also been received for the recently released Citybus Enviro500 (80896) and the forthcoming New World First Bus version (80897). Please note the product code by NWFB for this model is 20029 and not 20027 as previously reported. These photographs will be added tonight.
3rd May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Andrew Shirley

Photographs of First Glasgow's new Alexander Dennis Enviro500s have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. My thanks to Andrew Shirley for providing these.


 
Considerable interest has today been shown in the photograph of the new China Light & Power Enviro500, with this 'News' page having received over 1,300 hits. If anyone can provide further information on this vehicle, please e-mail me
2nd May 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright
ATENVIRO

More 'real' bus news, this time a newly delivered Alexander Dennis Enviro500 for China Light and Power.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright
Pan

Further photographs of the new Scania K230UBs for Kowloon Motor Bus have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. 
 

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