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Does anyone know what model was associated with this limited edition certificate - if you do, please e-mail me.

30th May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Available from today is this kit of the recently released resin Carlyle bodied Dennis Dart from P & T, which is expected to retail for HK$255. 

29th May 2010

 
I have been made aware that the copyright of several recently published photographs does not rest with the sender, and therefore 
theses have been removed.

 
The 80M Bus Model Shop website tonight features photographs of mock-ups for a new diecast 10 metre Dennis Dragon.
28th May 2010

 
My thanks to Keith Wood and Jason Thornhill for providing photographs of the actual buses recently released in model form, namely the MTR Trident No. 737 (38704) and CMB Dart No. CX6 (RS-76610).
 27th May 2010

 
Second update of the day - 2000hrs

Following yesterdays news, new pages have now been added for the two resin China Motor Bus Dennis Darts with Marshall bodywork from Resin Specialist. RS-76610 features fleet no. CX6 whilst RS-76611 features fleet no. CX8. 

A new page has also been added to the Citybus section of Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages, detailing to the recent incident involving Volvo Olympian no. 439. 

and finally (at 2311hrs BST), a new page has just been added for the MTR Dennis Trident (38704), although text has yet to be completed 

First update of the day - 0800hrs


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

An unexpected release today in Hong Kong is this MTR liveried 10.6 metre Dennis Trident (38704) from 80M Bus Model Shop. On route 506 to Tuen Mun Ferry Pier, it features fleet no. 737 (JD 1982). It is limited to 1,250 pieces and retails for HK$313.
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Due for release tomorrow is the Drumwell KMB Dennis Jubilant (Reg CF 4180) (DW10904). On route no. 206 to Mei Foo, it is limited to 1,000 pieces and will retail for HK$298.
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

And finally, for now, the latest Star Ferry model from 80M Bus Model Shop is now available. Night Star carries 'Asia's world city' colours (23004). This model is to 1:230 scale measuring 14.5 cm in length. It is limited to 1,500 pieces and will retail for HK$350.

25th May 2010

 

My thanks to Resin Specialist, who brought us the much acclaimed London Transport Ailsa V3, for providing details of a new resin model, this being the China Motor Bus Dennis Dart with Marshall bodywork. Two versions will be available, fleet no. CX6 (GD 5694) on route no. 25 to Central (RS-76610) and fleet no. CX8 (CX 908) with a destination of CMB Special Service (RS-76611). Each version is limited to 200 pieces and they are expected to released in July. New pages and further photographs will be added shortly, but here is an interior shot. Please note these photographs are of pre-production models only.
 


 
AVBWU2, the second of KMB's Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs, has now entered service and photographs have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 

Last Thursday (20th May) Citybus Volvo Olympian no. 439 was involved in an incident at Aberdeen which resulted in traffic chaos. It apparently got tangled in a metal road plate, resulting in several injuries and severe damage to the bus. Further photographs will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.

24th May 2010

 
Photographs of the new Big Bus Ankai have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, thanks to Philip Chan.
22nd May 2010

 
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Venus Collectibles

Released in Hong Kong today is the second version of the Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J/BUSAF from Venus Collectibles (MBG01b). Again featuring fleet number G3, this version is on route 112 to So Uk. A new page has just been added with further photographs.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Philip Chan

The Big Bus Company has introduced a new Anhui Ankai HFF6110GS-2 open-top double-decker into its Hong Kong fleet. It carries the registration and fleet number of former Dennis Dominator FW 7510, No. 10. My thanks to Philip Chan for providing photos, more of which will be added shortly.

21st May 2010

 
In a press release dated 17th May, Volvo Buses announced it has been awarded another supply contract by Kowloon Motor Bus for 115 B9TL double-decker 12-metre buses. 

It goes to to read:-

KMB has a fleet of 3,906 buses and in line with their focus of providing passengers with the highest level of comfort and operational efficiency, KMB has since 2008 increased the frequency of issuing supply tenders for new buses.

This most recent supply contract will see Volvo deliver the 115 double-deckers during early 2011 to Hong Kong. 

This latest order is added to and will follow on from the 245 Volvo double-decker and single-decker buses already ordered by KMB for delivery during 2010. This continued supply maintains KMB as Volvo’s largest double-deck customer in Asia. 

KMB again selected the Volvo 9 litre SCR Euro V compliant engine, which when operated by KMB with cleaner diesel and operational driving system adjustments will contribute to a significant reduction in emission levels. 

Wrightbus will again body the 115 double-deckers at the company’s plant in Northern Ireland. This Volvo-Wrightbus partnership continues to have an important strategic link in Asia to key customers KMB in Hong Kong & SBS Transit in Singapore where jointly orders for a total of 440 Volvo B9TL Wrightbus double-deckers are now secured and in the industrial pipeline.


 
A new page has now been added for the resin Shanghai articulated trolleybus from Imperssion Model (IMBUS1001).
19th May 2010

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

New pages have now been added for the two resin China Motor Bus Dennis Darts pictured above (B0034A-84M and B0034A-260). It is believed a further version will shortly be issued.

A new page has also been added for the Keisei Bus Mercedes-Benz Citaro G from Creative Master Northcord Ltd (JB0001). 

16th May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Wei Shen

SBS Transit's new Scania K310UD Double Deck bus (registered as SBS7888K) made it's revenue service debut today plying on service 133M connecting Shenton Way, the new Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and Suntec City.  The new bus is fitted with Gemilang bodywork. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. My thanks to both Wei Shen and Edward Yeo for providing this news and the excellent photographs.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kowloon Motor Bus

KMB to conduct trial of zero-emission Supercapacitor Bus

The following press release was issued by KMB on 13th May.

'KMB is planning to introduce a zero-emission supercapacitor bus to Hong Kong for a trial in July 2010.

The supercapacitor bus is an electric bus powered by supercapacitor technology. When fully charged, a fully air-conditioned supercapacitor bus can run continuously for 5 km. Unlike trolley buses, the supercapacitor bus does not require an extensive network of continuous overhead cables to operate. Because of its rapid charging speed, the supercapacitor technology is well suited for bus operations, which typically require frequent stops within relatively short distances. Rapid charging can be conducted at bus stops while passengers board and alight, taking approximately 30 seconds for 1 km of power.

Edmond Ho, KMB Managing Director, said, “KMB is committed to environmental protection and has been studying the feasibility of applying various green technologies to buses. We believe the supercapacitor bus holds the best promise in the near term. We are therefore introducing the bus to Hong Kong for a trial.”

The supercapacitor bus is a truly green bus because it produces zero roadside emissions. As the supercapacitor does not rely on chemical reactions to store electrical energy, it is more environmentally friendly than battery-based electric engines. Furthermore, the supercapacitor can most effectively capture energy from regenerative braking, making it more efficient in electricity consumption than trolley buses.

In terms of both economics and environmental performance, the supercapacitor bus is a more attractive technology than other low-emission or zero-emission green bus technologies currently available.

The supercapacitor bus has been in commercial operation in Shanghai for four years and is currently showcased on shuttle bus routes serving the Shanghai World Expo. Positive comments from passengers of the supercapacitor bus include a quieter and smoother ride than that on a conventional bus. Several US cities are currently exploring introducing the supercapacitor bus technology for trials.'

15th May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Venus Collectibles

Set for release in Hong Kong today is the first version of the Venus Collectibles Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J with BUSAF bodywork (MBG01a). Some minor adjustments/corrections have been made to the pre-production sample featured previously on this site. My thanks to Venus Collectibles for supplying this information and photographs. The model retails for HK$349.


 

My thanks to Samuel Wong for advising me of his new website, entitled Samuel's Bus and which can be found by clicking on the above image - well worth a look! 

14th May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today is this resin Shanghai articulated trolleybus from a previously unknown manufacturer, Imperssion Model. Allocated product code IMBUS1001 it is limited to 150 pieces. Further details and photographs will be added shortly. 

13th May 2010

 
The two resin China Motor Bus Dennis Darts (B0034) from P&T/312 Model have now been released in Hong Kong, although I understand that owing to their popularity, they may be difficult to find. Each version is limited to just 150 pieces.

Creative Master Northcord Ltd has today issued a press release formally confirming the release of Mercedes-Benz Citaro 'bendi-bus' in the colours of Keisei Bus Japan (JB0001), news of which was first reported on this site on 12th April. The total quantity is believed to be 1,000 with  200 pieces destined for the usual CMNL outlets in Australia, China, Hong Kong and UK. I can only assume that the cost saving measures introduced by CMNL include the withdrawal of the usual e-mail notification of the press release and the sending of a sample model, hence the delayed announcement and lack of a photographs. 

New pages for the above three models will be added as soon as time allows. 

12th May 2010

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Wong

My thanks to Dennis Wong for sending me photographs of one of Citybus's new Euro 5 engined Enviro500s which have just entered service. Further details and photographs have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. 


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Now available in Hong Kong is the third release of the 1/230 scale Star Ferry, this being 'Shining Star' (23003), modified to carry out Harbour Tour duties. Details of The Star Ferry's Harbour Tour can be found by following the link (link no longer available). An unconfirmed report suggests the fourth release will feature 'Night Star' in 'Asia's World City' livery.
 

'Night Star' in 'Asia's World City' livery
the next release?
9th May 2010

 

My thanks to www.3cubian.com for sending me the above flyer advertising the next 1:76 scale lorry from Best Choose (10764). This features a Morris version with a differing canopy arrangement and registration plates. 


 
It is believed the two resin China Motor Bus Dennis Darts with Carlyle bodywork, from 312 Model, are set to be released shortly.
7th May 2010

 
A new page has been added for the resin Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon (CHS1001) featured yesterday.
3rd May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today are three versions of this resin Kowloon Motor Bus short Dragon from Concorde Hobby Shop.

ADS2 (FS 8396) on route 606 to Siu Sai Wan Estate
ADS4 (FS 9108) on route 107 to Kowloon Bay
ADS5 (FT 4173) on route 108 Braemar Hill
A fourth version is also due and the total quantity is 400 pieces (i.e. 100 pieces each version).
2nd May 2010

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The 80M Bus Model Shop advises that the Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Jubilant (DW10904) is now scheduled for release this month.

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