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According to the Across website, Kowloon Motor Bus today registered 15 of its new Volvo B9TL/Wrights Gemini 2, namely AVBWU47-AVBWU51.
28th February 2011

   
It is believed that Kowloon Motor Bus put its two-axle Volvo B9TL/Wrights Gemini 2 (fleet no. AVBWS1) into revenue earning service yesterday.

A glitch in an update yesterday resulted in the format of this page being rather 'all over the place', for which I apologise.  Hopefully this was resolved early this morning and this further update has been successful.
26th February 2011

     
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Lok Hin Lee

My thanks to both Lok Hin Lee and Philip Chan for providing further details on the Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler carrying all-over advertising. I can confirm that it is not a forthcoming release, but a tailor-made model and is retailing for HK$950.

As an aside, this update is the first from my new pc, and not only have I had to get used to this, but also the new software, as the old and familiar were not compatible - hence everything is taking a little longer - hopefully things will improve!

24th February 2011

 
A new page has just been added for the Venus Collectibles Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J (MBG02a) featured in yesterday's news.
23rd February 2011

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Venus Collectibles

Venus Collectibles have announced the imminent release of the MBG02a, Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J G4, on route 40M to Tsuen Wan Ferry. It is set for release on 26th February at a retail price of HK$349. It is limited to 150 pieces. The major changes on this version are the metal driver screen frame and small window opening on front door way. 


 
On display in the 80M Bus Model Shop in Mong Kok is a model of KMB Daimler with a 1970s all-over striped advert for, I believe, keeping Hong Kong clean. A photograph of the actual bus can be found on page 105 of the book 'Evolution of Hong Kong Buses - Kowloon & the New Territories', published by 80M. It is not known whether this will be the subject of a new model.
22nd February 2011

 
New pages have now been added for the two forthcoming KMB Dennis Dragons from Cars Workshop, fleet nos. 3N163 and 3N164. Product codes for these two models have yet to be confirmed.

 
Despite being sent details of the introduction into service of SMRT Buses (Singapore) hybrid Zhongtong LCK6112GHEV demonstrator back in January, I omitted to publish these - so they have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
20th February 2011

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Some pictures of the two 12-metre Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons have this morning been received and I hope to add these shortly. In the meantime I have included one high resolution, which can be viewed by clicking on the above image. Produced by Cars Workshop, both are set for release in March.

18th February 2011

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Still on the subject of trams, but this time model ones, a new page has tonight been added for the green liveried tram no. 32 released last week (TT33665). 


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
MY Tramways

Real tram no. 168 entered service today and EriC Lee of MY Tramways was there to capture the event!

17th February 2011

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

Hong Kong Tramways new tram No. 168, was captured at Causeway Bay today undergoing driver training. It is expected to enter service tomorrow (17th). 

16th February 2011

 
As promised, photographs of the recent tribute tour for SMRT Buses' Mercedes Benz O405 (Hispano Carrocera) have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
My thanks to regular contributor Dennis Law who advises that 80M Bus Model Shop has released a second version of their newly-moulded tram model, featuring tram no. 32 in plain green livery. Further details will appear, when known.
10th February 2011

 
Having yesterday received the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Rabbit' models, I note that each carries an 80M Bus Model Shop product code - the Citybus model is 80810 whilst the New World First Bus is 80811. The respective pages have now been updated.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of MY Tramways

Pictured above is EriC Lee of MY Tramways, who is clearly pleased to have the Bachmann China tram no. 56 (CE00601) in his grasp. As previously mentioned, this tram was not offered as a general release.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com

SMRT Buses' Mercedes Benz O405 (Hispano Carrocera) will reach their statutory lifespan of 17 years in June of this year and many enthusiasts gathered on 15th January to organise a tribute tour for these buses. Further details and photographs will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of site shortly.

9th February 2011

 
The photographs from EriC Lee of MY Tramways, referred to in yesterday's news, have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site along with some further photographs of the new Enviro500 now in service with New World First Bus. 
6th January 2011

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

My thanks to EriC Lee of MY Tramways for sending a selection of photographs comparing the recently released trams from 80M Bus Model Shop and Bachmann China.  These will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release on 12th February is the Drumwell KMB Dennis Dragon S3N340 (DW10209). Further photographs have now been added.

5th February 2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Further to yesterday's news on the new KMB Dennis Dragons, I have now received further information, thanks to Neo Cheung, and these are as follows:-
Model Number: DW10209
Model: Dennis Dragon 
Length: 11m
Manufacturer: Drumwell
Scale: 1:76
Route: 73A
Destination: Choi Yuen
Fleet Number: S3N340 (S)
Registration Number: FZ 6723
Limited Edition: 1,800
For the 12 metre models, details are as follows, but no product code is yet known:-
Model: Dennis Dragon 
Length: 12m
Manufacturer: Cars Workshop
Scale: 1:76
Route: 27
Destination: Shun Tin
Fleet Number: 3N163 (K)
Registration Number: DK 3957
Limited Edition: 1,000

Model: Dennis Dragon
Length: 12m
Manufacturer: Cars Workshop
Scale: 1:76
Route: 11
Destination: Diamond Hill MTR
Fleet Number: 3N164 (K)
Registration Number: DK 4158
Limited Edition: 1,000

2nd February 2011

 
Kowloon Motor Bus on-line magazine 'KMB Today' gives details of some new Dennis Dragon models. The 12 metre 3-door 3N class is to be issued, with two different route numbers (11 and 27), each version limited, I understand, to 1,000 pieces. The retail price is HK$328. It also appears that 11-metre S3N271 (see News for 2nd February) is also to be modeled, on route 73A, this being limited to 1,800 pieces and retailing for HK$298. 

 
A reminder that owing to circumstances beyond his control, Gareth's British Model Buses website is currently unavailable, but is expected to be back on line at the weekend. 

 
The new KMB/Long Win fleet book from OverGround Publishing is now available and a new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
This 'News' page received a record number of hits for the the month of January, exceeding 30,000!
1st February 2011
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