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80M Bus Model Shop

As reported late yesterday, this KMB 'Astro Boy 60th Anniversary' Dennis Trident (38504) is released today in Hong Kong. Featuring ATR42 on route 81 to Wo Che, it is limited to 1,200 pieces.

   
Noted on a popular auction site is Hong Kong tram no. 69 in 'Hong Kong Asia's World City' livery. It is an 80M Bus Model product and carries a product code of TT33663. Any further details or photographs would be most welcome - please e-mail me.

   
I am advised by DTS Publishing that the publication of the Kowloon Motor Bus Part 2 (1980s - 2010) has been further delayed and is now not likely to be published until late next year.
30th September 2011

       
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Jotus.com

Further souvenirs, this time bus related, feature in today's news. All feature China Motor Bus AL1 - the above photographs are tie pins, gold (left) and silver (right). Those below are pin badges, gold (left) and silver (right). These are produced by Pinland, retail for approximately HK$95 and are currently available only from Jotus.com.

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Jotus.com

   
Set for release tomorrow in Hong Kong is a Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX500 carrying Astro Boy 60th Anniversary (38504). ATR42 is on route 81 and further details will follow, when known. 
29th September 2011

     
Big Bus Company (Hong Kong) has taken delivery of at least two further Ankai open-top double-deckers, which have yet to enter service.

   

Set for release soon are these three Hong Kong Tramways key chains, from Tramric Design.  
28th September 2011

     
A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages which features photographs of former KMB Olympian S3BL459 now at Ocean Park and known as 'The Last Bus'.
27th September 2011

     
The Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages have been updated with further photographs of the Citybus 'Cityflyer' Enviro500s and one of Long Win's latest Enviro500s.
26th September 2011

Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Philip Chan

Today saw the launch of the new Citybus 'Cityflyer' A29 route, which saw ADL Enviro500s nos. 8203 and 8204 in operation, both in 'Cityflyer' livery. One of Long Win's latest Enviro500 was also spotted. Further photographs will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages, just as soon as time allows.
25th September 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Dennis Law

Pictured above is former Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympian S3BL459 (FV8281) in Ocean Park as "The Last Bus" for this year's Halloween Bash. A number of spare parts taken from scrapped KMB buses have been used inside this "Ghost House". My thanks to Dennis Law for providing this news and photographs, more of which will be added shortly.


Some further photographs of Citybus ADL Enviro500 no. 8203 have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages, just follow this link...
24th September 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Albion Kwok

My thanks to Albion Kwok for sending me photographs of Citybus Enviro500 no. 8203 in 'Cityflyer' livery, ready for the launch of new 'Cityflyer' route A29 on Sunday. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Donald MacRae

A couple of new photographs of Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon 3N152, courtesy of Donald MacRae, have been added to the model page 92603.
23rd September 2011


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80M Bus Model Shop

A surprise release in Hong Kong yesterday was this Alexander Dennis Enviro500 in demonstrator livery for Australia (39414). Produced by 80M Bus Model, it is limited to 1,300 pieces. A new page and further photographs have now been added.
20th September 2011

   
Kowloon Motor Bus are to issue two 11-metre Leyland Olympian (AL class) models. The first represents one of the class in 1993, on route 111, whilst the second represents one in 2011, on route 40X. Each model will be limited to 1,000 pieces. Further details will be published, when known.

   

The latest edition of Bus Fan World's 'Bus Focus' magazine has now been published. As usual it contains fleet news (all text is in Chinese), route news, model corner as well as articles on the Star Ferry, the new Scania K280UD for Citybus and NWS Holdings training buses plus lots more,

   

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Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Dave Rogers

Photographed at Showbus today is this tri-axle Leyland Olympian, which is not an ex-Hong Kong example. It was one of three purchased by Stagecoach for evaluation, and was at the time Britain's biggest bus, with 110 seats. The other two were sold by Stagecoach earlier this year, and this one is reportedly going into a private collection of preserved buses, but it is still operating with United Counties Bedford depot. There is a report on this bus in the latest Buses magazine. My thanks to Dave Rogers for the photograph and information.
18th September 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Mark Chua

The trial by SMRT Buses (Singapore) of MAN demonstrator SMB138Y has proved successful, resulting in an order of 200 complete buses.
 
The production MAN NL323F buses are to be bodied by Gemilang (design based on MAN Lion City Hybrid). The buses are Euro V compliant with the engine producing 320 hp, fully low floor, equipped with Alcoa rims, Vogelsitze seatings and Mobitec electronic destination signage. The air-conditioning appears to be supplied by Denso like the demonstrator, but this is unconfirmed owing to the black area covering the front top of the bus.

One of the batch of production batch buses, SMB189A, was spotted on the road while undergoing tests with trade plate. The revenue equipment and side electronic destination signage are not installed yet. More buses are expected to be delievered in the coming months.

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing this update.

   
It appears that my site has been unavailable for part of the day as a result of problems with my web-hosting company, despite their 'system status' reporting no problems. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused - all appears to be OK again tonight.  Update 2230hrs - the problems appear to be on-going.
17th September 2011

     
The buses invloved in the fire at Tsz Wan Shan are confirmed as...           
Fleet no. Reg. no Status
3ASV181 KD4129 fully burnt
3AV269 HE8161 half burnt - parked beside 3ASV181
3ASV75 JR5720 partly burnt - parked beside 3AV269
3ASV191 KD8283 paint blackened - parked at the back of the terminus


   
The final two KMB Enviro200s (AAU29 & AAU30) have now been registered.

   

Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Philip Chan

Citybus Enviro400 no. 7010 photographed on 13th September - a larger image has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.
15th September 2011

   
Fire engulfed three KMB buses at Tsz Wan Shan Bus Terminus last night. They are reported to be Volvo Olympian 3AV269 and Volvo Super Olympians 3ASV75 and 3AS181, although this is not confirmed. Any further details would be welcome. A news clip can be found here. (Link now removed)
13th September 2011

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Keith Wood

New pages have tonight been added for the three Cars Workshop KMB Dennis Dragons released on Saturday, namely 92603, 92604 and 92605. My thanks to Keith Wood for providing a photograph of the actual 3N152.
12th September 2011

   
   
WISHING JON AND STEPH THE VERY BEST FOR

THEIR WEDDING TODAY AND EVERY HAPPINESS
FOR THEIR FUTURE LIFE TOGETHER
     


   
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80M Bus Model Shop


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80M Bus Model Shop


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80M Bus Model Shop

The three KMB Dennis Dragons due for release tomorrow are products of Cars Workshop. They are from top to bottom 3N152 (DK3482) on route 6 to Star Ferry (92603), 3N150 (DK2715) on route 102 to Shau Kei Wan  (92604) and 3N175 (DK5471) on route 690 to Hong Shing Garden, (92605). Each is limited to 800 pieces.

New pages and further photographs will hopefully be added tomorrow as I have more important things to do today!!!
10th September 2011

      
Please note the three KMB Dennis Dragons are set for release on the Sunday 11th September and not Saturday, as mentioned below.The three are believed to be:-
    3N150 (DK2715) on route 102 to Shau Kei Wan

    3N152 (DK3482) on route 6 to Star Ferry

    3N175 (DK5471) on route 690 to Hong Shing Garden


8th September 2011

   
I am informed that three Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon models are set for release on Saturday (correction) Sunday 11th September. Two of the 3N-class models will appear in standard livery whilst the third is in a blue and white livery.  Further details will follow, when known.

   
A regular check of the Cars Workshop website has revealed it has disappeared! Update 7th September - it is now back on-line and now features some 1970s style dioramas.
6th September 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
Philip Chan

My thanks to regular contributor Philip Chan for sending me photographs of two recent additions to the Citybus fleet, namely Enviro400s nos. 7005 and 7007, which have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.

   
Thanks also to Stephen Cho for sending me some photographs of BC Transit Enviro500s which have been added to the 'Canadian Enviro500' feature for completeness.
4th September 2011

   
As promised, a special 'Canadian Enviro500' update has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages. My thanks to Simon Yiu for providing such a comprehensive summary and photographs.

   
I have received a report that Ocean Park (Hong Kong) has purchased former KMB Leyland Olympian (S3BL459 (corrected from S3BL469 - 5th Sep) from a local scrapyard and it is going to be a set-up for the coming Halloween event in Ocean Park, October2011. More details will follow, when known.
3rd September 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Heka Inpu

My thanks to Heka Inpu for being quick off the mark in sending me photographs of one of the first 'R' registered buses for KMB. AVBWU213 was registered RA425 yesterday and is pictured today operating on route 2A. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.
2nd September 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alexander Dennis Inc.

Following Simon Yiu's report that the
City Council of Ottawa, Canada, has approved the the purchase of 80 low-height Alexander Dennis Enviro500s (see News 29th August), Alexander Dennis Inc has officially issued a press release on their website confirming they are 'set to unveil a stylish new look for double deck range' - just follow this link. (Link now expired)

   
KMB has registered its first 'R' registered bus - Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL (fleet no. AVBWU122) which is registered RA195, one of 19 such buses to be registered today. Check out the Across website for more details.
1st September 2011
 
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