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A new page has now been added for the resin Kowloon Motor Bus MCW Metrobuses from 312 Model (B0038). My thanks to 3cubian.com for providing the photographs.
30th July 2011

   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

My thanks to Alex Cheng for sending me the above photograph of Long Win's Euro 5 engined Enviro500, fleet no. 8504. A new page, including a larger image, has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
29th July 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is the Citybus Alexander Dennis Enviro400, fleet no. 7000 (CM073/92802). Produced by 80M, it is on route 260 to Stanley and is limited to 1,600 pieces. It is expected to retail for HK$328.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
3cubian.com


My thanks to 3cubian.com for confirming the release of the two resin KMB MCW Metrobuses from P&T Model.  M11 (left) comes with a large KMB logo whilst M14 (left) comes with a small KMB logo. The total quantity for both versions is 480 pieces. UPDATE - 29th July - the total quantity for these two versions is 320 pieces - it is understood a further version (160 pieces) will be releassed in late AugustA new page and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

   
The Across website gives details of further new buses for KMB.


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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Stuart Dobie


Whilst my appeal for photographs of an 85xx series LongWin Enviro500 has so far proved unsuccessful, I have received a photograph of a slightly smaller member of the LongWin fleet, which is also a recent delivery, but doesn't appear to carry a fleet number. It is seen here at Tung Chung and is believed to operate a ferry service. My thanks to Stuart Dobie for this information. Any further details would be welcome.

28th July 2011

   
The Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has proved extremely popular and I am indebted to the large number of enthusiasts who allow me to use their photographs, which in turn enables visitors to the site who live outside of Hong Kong to keep up-to-date with of all the latest news. I am conscious that no page exists for the new Long Win Enviro500 with fleet numbers in the 85xx series. If anyone is able to provide a photograph of one of these new buses, for use on the site, I would be very grateful.
23rd July 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
80M Bus Model Shop

Following the report on 16th July, confirmation has been received that two further Cars Workshop short Dennis Dragons (92503 & 92504) are set for release tomorrow. 92503 features ADS136 (GU8136) on route 96R to Wong Shek Pier whilst 92504 features ADS54 (GS8098) on route 46 to Lai Yiu. Each is limited to 900 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$328. 
22nd July 2011

     
As promised, a new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section featuring a selection of photographs taken at the 'Centenary Date with Tram & Bus' exhibition which is currently underway at the Peak Galleria - just click on the link.

Following yesterdays news on the Corgi St.Joseph's College liveried MCW Metrobus further photographs have now been added to this page.
20th July 2011

     
New pages and photographs have tonight been added for the two Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J/BUSAF models (MBG02b and MBG02c) from Venus Collectibles announced yesterday.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

My thanks to Dennis Law for sending me an interesting piece of news that relates to the St.Joseph's College liveried Corgi MCW Metrobus. This particular model belonged to former Legco member Mr.
Ronald Arculli, who put the model into Legco's time capsule on 23rd June 1997. The time capsule was recovered yesterday, 18th July 2011, during a farewell event marking the relocation of The Legco Building. Along with all the other items which were placed in the capsule, this bus model is expected to become a display item in a dedicated museum at The New Legco Building.
 
19th July 2011

   
Further photographs of KMB's Volgren bodied Volvo B9TL, AVD1, have been added to a new page in to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Eric Lee
 
On 15th July the exhibition 'A Centenary Date with Tram & Bus' opened, as scheduled, at the Peak Galleria and I am grateful to Eric Lee for sending me a selection of photographs taken on the day, which will be added shortly.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Venus Collectibles

The second (MBG02b) & third (MBG02c) version of Kowloon Motor Bus Guy Victory J G4 with route no./destination of 40M Shek Kip Mei MTR Station & 40 Tsuen Wan Ferry will be released on 20 July 2011 and are expected to retail at HK$349 each. The production quantity of each version is 120 pieces.
These versions represent G4 just after the first modification by KMB. The metal windscreen frame is painted red and small window openings are used on front doors. New pages and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

18th July 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

Captured today by Philip Chan is the actual 'Kung Fu Panda' KMB Dennis Trident ATR37, and a larger image has now been added to the appropriate page (38505).

   
The two short KMB Dennis Dragons mentioned in yesterday's new are believed to be ADS54 and ADS136.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

Also captured today is KMB Scania ASU22, the last in the batch, carrying new all-over advertising for Esso.


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

..... and finally, for now, Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU169 was registered PY1591 on Friday and is photographed today on route 59X heading towards Tuen Mun Pier Head. A larger image has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

The subject of a new model release in August, KMB's AVD1 is seen here today on route to Mei Foo. Further photographs will be added shortly. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me these.

   
Former New World First Bus Leyland Olympian LA9 (FF4163) has now been converted into a driver training bus and numbered T5 and has also been re-registered as BV2048 (the former
registration number for T106/ex-MC5). My thanks to Dennis Law for this information.

17th July 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

The new Citybus double-deck Scania K280UD entered service on Thursday and thanks to Philip Chan, several new photographs, taken earlier today, have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.



Congratulations to Eric Lee on the launch of Tramric Product and Design Limited and wishing him every success with his exhibition 'A Centenary Date with Tram and Bus' currently being held at The Peak Galleria.

   
I have received an unconfirmed report that a further pair of KMB's short air-conditioned Dennis Dragons are to be released.

   
KMB's Volgren bodied AVD1 is now carrying its new livery, which will feature on the new model release in August. I hope to add photograph of the actual vehicle shortly.
16th July 2011



312 Model has announced it is to release two versions of a two-axle Kowloon Motor Bus MCW Metrobus (B0038). M14 (left) is on route 46 to Lai Yiu whilst M11 (right) is shown on route 606 to Choi Wan .
15th July 2011



My thanks to Dennis Law for advising me that BSI Hobbies are shortly to publish a new Fleet Directory of Hong Kong Buses, which includes all the Hong Kong bus fleets. It is expected to retail for HK$180 and I hope to provide further details in due course.

   
On the subject of books, the DTS Publishing website states that the publication of the new Hong Kong Buses - Kowloon Motor Bus (Part Two - from the 1980s to 2010) has been delayed to late 2011 at the earliest.
14th July 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
80M Bus Model Shop

Details have now been received for the 'Kung Fu Panda' liveried Trident (38505), which is set for release tomorrow. A product of 80M Bus Model Shop, the model features Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident ATR37 (HW7486) on route 63X to Jordan (To Wah Road). It is limited to 2,000 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$328. A new page and further photographs will be added shortly.

   
Three further model releases have been announced in the latest edition of KMB's staff magazine, 'KMB Today'. The first two feature 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons, believed to be S3N328 (FZ7116) and S3N350 (GA1570). The third features Volgren bodied Volvo B9TL AVD1, which is carrying a new all-over advertising livery promoting safety messages and is expected to be released in mid-August.

   
Kowloon Motor Bus has today registered a further eighteen Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs (AVBWU147 - AVBWU164).
12th July 2011

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release on 13th July is the KMB 'Kung Fu Panda' liveried Dennis Trident. No further details are currently known. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Overground Publishing

Due for publication shortly is this new book 'Volvo Buses in Hong Kong'. This book covers the full spectrum of these vehicles in Hong Kong, from the very first Volvo China Motor Bus Ailsa B55 (AV1), to the latest B9TL 4x2 (AVBWS1). It also includes the various coaches, such as B7R, B9R etc...
10th July 2011

I am reliably informed that KMB are to issue a model of a Dennis Trident in 'Kung Fu Panda' livery.
8th July 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Cars Workshop

Cars Workshop in conjunction with 80M Bus Model Shop have issued some new 'Q bus' models based on KMB's Wrightbus. The first is in 'I love Hong Kong' livery whilst a set of six feature various horoscope signs.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alex Cheng

The new Citybus Scania K280UD was today spotted at Island Resort Bus Terminus, Siu Sai Wan on what is believed to be driver familiarisation duties. My thanks to Alex Cheng for providing this news.

   
Noted recently on a Hong Kong auction site was a red KMB Neoplan Centroliner with gold KMB logo and '2000', described as a Millennium trial version sample. Further details of this model would be most welcome. 
7th July 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

Pictured yesterday is AVBWU135, one of the latest batch of Wrights Gemini 2s registered by Kowloon Motor Bus on 30th June.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Andy Higgins

The Alexander Dennis Enviro200 that appeared at Euro Bus Expo 2010 at the NEC, Birmingham in November 2010 has been allocated fleet number AAU12 and registered PX3045.

Larger images of both these photographs have been added to 
the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
4th July 2011

   
It is confirmed that the two KMB Dennis Lances mentioned in yesterday's news are resin models which are expected to be released by Bus Factory by October. Facebook users can see further details at the Network Shuttle Diecast Model page.
3rd July 2011

   
Pictured recently on a popular Hong Kong site are a pair of Kowloon Motor Bus two-door Dennis Lances. AN1 (FP2584) is shown on route 273 whilst AN12 (FR667) is on route 110. It is believed these are resin models. Any further information would be most welcome.
2nd July 2011
   
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