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A new page, further details and a short review of Dominic Kung's book, Volvo Buses in Hong Kong, have tonight been added to 
the Click here to visit the Xtra pages page.
31st August 2011

   
Thanks to Dave Rogers, further information has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages page for the Former China Light & Power Olympians now with Kinch, along with a further photograph.
30th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Andy Higgins

My thanks to Andy Higgins who has kindly sent me a selection of photographs of the ex-China Light & Power Olympians now in the Kinchs of Minety fleet. These have received new lower front panels. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.

   
Thanks to Simon Yiu of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for providing an update on the three Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 double decker buses that was purchased by OC Transpo in Ottawa in 2008, as pilot buses for double decker testing project (see the following Click here to visit the Xtra pages page for details). The update is as follows:
i) all 3 buses (Nos. 1201 to 1203) will be staying in OC Transpo fleet and are not being sold
ii) the City Council of Ottawa has approved the 2012 budget to purchase 80 double deckers from Alexander Dennis, all buses will have to be in service by Sep 2012 and will replace 140 Orion VI single decker buses, made in 1999
iii) all the new buses will feature a lower height than the 3 pilot buses, which will make the new buses less restrictive compared to the present 3 pilot buses as there are 3 locations in Ottawa where there are height clearance issues
iv) Engines will be EPA 2010 emission standard compliant
v) OC Transpo is looking to specify a different axle model so they can accommodate more than 14 standees downstairs without damaging the axle
vi) all buses will have to be in service by September 2012, which means the buses will be in city of Ottawa around spring 2012
vii) it is still not known if the new buses will be 12m (40ft) or 12.8m (43ft)

A further Canadian update on ADL Enviro500 buses will be added shortly.
29th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Philip Chan

KMB's latest delivery, ADL Enviro200 fleet no. AAU24, is seen here today on route 8A, having been registered on Friday. Larger photographs of this and AAU21 have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.
28th August 2011

   
Further photographs of the two KMB Duple Metsec Dennis Dragons (DW10210) and (DW10211have now been added.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Philip Chan

The JR Team have issued two further bus folders, one of Leyland Olympian S3BL438 (pictured above) and the other of Volvo Olympian AV1.
27th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

As reported earlier this week, the Kowloon Motor Bus Volgren bodied Volvo B9TL, fleet no. AVD1, is set for release tomorrow (39503). A new page and further photographs have now been added.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Also set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two KMB Dennis Dragons. S3N328 (FZ7116) is on route 49X to Tsing Yi Ferry (DW10210) and is limited to 1,000 pieces, whilst S3N350 (GA1570) is on route 14 to Yau Tong Ko Chiu Road (DW10211) and is limited to 800 pieces. New pages have tonight been added although further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

   
Citybus has started to receive its production Alexander Dennis Enviro400s, with fleet nos. 7002, 7004 and 7005 having been registered this week. The Across website gives full details.

   
Congratulations to Dave Rogers and Nigel Lennox for correctly guessing my holiday destination - it was in fact Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain and a link to the railway and tramway can be found here.
26th August 2011

   
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I have now returned from my holiday and aim to carry out a further update later in the day, once I have had the opportunity to catch up on my e-mails. In the meantime I have included one of the my holiday snaps! Any ideas of the location? (sorry no prizes for any right answers!)

   
The recently issued New World First Bus 'Rickshaw Bus' is a product of 80M Bus Model Shop and carries product code 92210 - further photographs have now been added.

   
The Kowloon Motor Bus Volgren bodied Volvo B9TL, fleet no. AVD1, is set for release on Saturday 27th August (39503). A new page will be added shortly. 
24th August 2011

   
I am now on holiday until Wednesday 24th August so there will be no updates during this time. Do please continue to e-mail me with any news or photographs, ready for my return.

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The New World First Bus Rickshaw Bus has been released today.

15th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Vincent Chong

Another 'newest' bus, this time it belongs to KMB. AVBWU196, a Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL registered on 4th August, was captured today in Mei Foo. A larger has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today is this 1/76th scale Leyland FG lorry from Best Choose (L117607R) details of which were announced on 7th August.

   
I am reliably informed that the New World First Bus 'Rickshaw Bus' (20033) is due to be released in Hong Kong on Monday 15th August and is believed to be limited to 1,500 pieces.
13th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

Long Win's newest Alexander Dennis Enviro500 is fleet no. 8507 and it is seen here today at Tung Chung. A larger image of this and fleet no. 8506, has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
BUSME

A range of four different t-shirts are now available in Hong Kong. A product of BUSME and T.680 Creation, they are 100% cotton and come in two sizes and are expected to retail for HK$160.  Further information can be found at the BUSME website.
11th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
John Bennett

My thanks to John Bennett for providing details and photographs of a previously unrecorded model, this being a 1/64th scale Beijing Trolleybus, believed to have been issued in 2009. It features fleet no 2830 and a new page has just been added. Further photographs will be added tomorrow.

   
I assumed that KMB had ceased applying year decals to their new buses, but note that Alexander Dennis Enviro500 ATEU32 has '2010' decals applied, despite being registered on 28th July 2011!
10th August 2011

   
Details of the recently issued souvenir items have been included in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Vincent Chong

Pictured above is one of KMB's recent additions to the fleet, AVBWU189, a Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL. A larger image of this vehicle and AVBWU185 have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
9th August 2011

   
A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section which features the 1/13th scale model buses from Bus Fu.
8th August 2011

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
JRTeam

JRTeam have released a creative and useful souvenir for Hong Kong bus collectors, the first in a series of Hong Kong double-deck bus folders. These designs are a Dennis Dragon 11m (S3N class) and a Dennis Dragon 9.9m (ADS class). All folders with a label it can change the route, destination and registration number. The cover is semi-transparent for a better effect. The retail price is HKD$18 and all the files are limited in quantity. The file is available from 80m Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop. The folder size is 330mm x 220mm and is suitable for A4 or FC Size. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Bus Fu

I recently received several photographs of some 1/13th scale hand-built buses, and as a taster, one is pictured above. This MCW Metrobus took fours years to complete and the level of detail is quite outstanding. Further photographs of this and the others will be added as soon as time allows.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
3cubian.com

Best Choose will launch another Leyland FG lorry, "新記" San Kee", which carries the licence plate CR1167. The actual lorry still exists in Hong Kong, but remains unlicensed. By thanks to 3cubian.com for providing this news.

7th August 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two Kowloon Motor Bus Mitsubishi Fusos from Cars Workshop. The first (92705) features fleet no. AM40 (EN419) on route A7, Airport - Kowloon Tong circular. This is fitted with luggage  racks. The second (92706) features fleet no. AM69 (EV3791) on route 276 to Sheung Shui. Each is limited to 900 pieces and expected to retail for HK$298. 
5th August 2011

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Tramric Design

Two new tram souvenirs from Tramric Design are set for launch shortly, details of which can be found above or by following the link to their website.
4th August 2011

   
VA51 pictured at Central Ferry Pier
on 27th November 2010

I am reliably informed that New World First Bus are to issue a model of one of their Rickshaw Bus liveried Volvo Olympians. The model will feature VA51 on route H2, the Metropolis Tour, as pictured above. No further details are yet known.
3rd August 2011

Some further photographs taken at the 'Centenary Date with Tram & Bus' exhibition which is is currently underway at the Peak Galleria have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section. My thanks to Busme for providing these.
1st August 2011
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