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I can confirm that a model is to be produced of the Bus Fan World Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL featured in yesterday's news. Further details will be published when known.
31st December 2011

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bus Fan World

Kowloon Motor Bus has applied a third 'vintage' livery, this time to the short Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL (AVBWS1).
 It carries additional 'Bus Fan World' lettering marking the 20th anniversary of the organisation. My thanks to Bus Fan World for allowing me the use of their photographs, more of which have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

     
Reported on the Across website is the registration of the last three Citybus Enviro400s, fleet numbers 7037-7039.
 30th December 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Currently Hong Kong's newest bus, Kowloon Motor Bus AVBWU229 (RE2303) is a Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL, registered on 23rd December and pictured above on 27th December.

     
It is reported that KMB Bus de-registered nine non air-conditioned Volvo Olympians today, these being S3V2, S3V4, S3V9, S3V14, S3V16, S3V19, S3V24, S3V28 and S3V30. My thanks to Anthony Sham for providing this update.
29th December 2011

   
New pages have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site - one for the KMB Year of the Dragon Enviro500 and the other for the new Euro V engined Enviro500s for KMB. Errors regarding the ATEU class of Enviro500s have also been corrected.
27th December 2011






May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas







     
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

As reported yesterday, Kowloon Motor Bus has allocated a new classification code for its recently delivered Euro V engined Alexander Dennis Enviro500s. ATEE5 (RE1411) is pictured in service today, thanks to Philip Chan.
25th December 2011

     
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop


Released in Hong Kong today are two Kowloon Motor Bus short Dennis Dragons from Cars Workshop. ADS213 is on route 109 to Ho Man Tin (92505) whilst ADS228 is on route 212 to Whampoa Garden (92506) Each is limited to 900 pieces.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Vincent Chong


My thanks to Vincent Chong for providing this nearside shot of KMB's 'Year of the Dragon' Enviro500 ATE236.

     
The excellent Across website gives details of ten new KMB buses being registered yesterday (23rd December). AVBWU225-AVBWU229 are Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs whilst the other five are Alexander Dennis Enviro500s fitted with Euro V engines, which have received a new classification - the ATEE class (ATEE1-ATEE5).
24th December 2011

   
The following announcement has today been made by Tony Price of the Model Bus Website:

"I am delighted to announce that Kevin Ellis will be taking over The Model Bus Website with immediate effect. Kevin will be well known to all of you for his Model Bus Zone Web sites.

Over coming months, Kevin will integrate The Model Bus Website with his own sites, and safeguard many of the features that viewers valued. In particular the Model Kits pages will be brought back to life, and I will be in touch with individual manufacturers early in the New Year about the transfer of News to Kevin for release to potential customers.

From a personal point of view I would like to thank all who have provided information, pictures, reviews, comment and all the other aspects that made The Model Bus Website such a success. The input has been hugely appreciated over the years by a huge number people in the model bus fraternity.

To the model kit producers and enthusiasts, particularly, I send my best wishes. It was always my intention to promote this aspect of the hobby further than was the case some years ago – hopefully I have succeeded for you in some respects, and I regret hugely that I have not been up to the task over the last year or so. I’m pleased that this aspect of my endeavours will be taken forward by Kevin into the future.

I would particularly like to thank Kevin Ellis and Peter Harrison for their input over the years – it has been reliable, robust and of huge value to those bitten by the model bus bug. I am delighted to inform you that Peter’s Model Lists will continue to appear as before, the next release being an update to the 31st December 2011. Peter’s lists are invaluable for the extent, depth and reliability of the information they hold.

I am not moving away from the hobby, just taking time to adjust now, after what has been a very difficult couple of years following my retirement. I very much look forward to contributing to Kevin’s expanding source of reference as time goes by.


Please feel free to circulate this information.

With all good wishes,

Tony
"

On a personal note, I would like to thank Tony for all his efforts over the years and wish him the very best for the future. At the same time time I wish Kevin every success in the coming months as he integrates The Model Bus Website with his other popular sites.

23rd December 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Captured today in daylight and operating on route 26 is Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 ATE236 decorated for the Year of the Dragon. My thanks to Philip Chan for allowing me to use his photograph.

     
Two more photographs have been added to the 'Brand Hong Kong - Asia's world city' page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

KMB's Volvo Olympian S3V26 has recently been decorated in this attractive St John Ambulance livery and it is seen here on 18th December.
22nd December 2011

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Hon Fai Wong


As reported yesterday, Kowloon Motor Bus has decorated Enviro500 ATE236 in a Year of the Dragon livery, as pictured above. My thanks to Hon Fai Wong for allowing me to use his photograph.
21st December 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

2012 is the Year of the Dragon and Concorde Hobby Shop have issued photographs of the two models to be issued by Citybus and New World First Bus, whilst a photograph has appeared on a social networking site of Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 also in Year of the Dragon livery. The Citybus model features Alexander Dennis Enviro500 no. 8138 (PG3570) on route 102 to Shau Kei Wan whilst the New World First Bus model features Enviro500 no. 5538 (PV3587) on route 680 to Admiralty. The KMB bus decorated so far is believed to be ATE236 (ME8933). 


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Tramric Product & Design


Tramric Product & Design are to issue the above tram - I hope to provide further details shortly.
20th December 2011

   
Some further 'Brand Hong Kong - Asia's world city' photographs have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages page created yesterday - thanks to Andy Higgins.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of ATENVIRO

The last four Enviro500 chassis for MTR Bus have been delivered to Hong Kong and left for Zhuhai on 17th December. The above photograph shows one of the chassis at Kwai Chung container terminal.
19th December 2011

     
A new page featuring 'Brand Hong Kong - Asia's world city' liveries has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
18th December 2011

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Grant Ng Kwok Kuen


A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for 'Vintage' liveried buses of KMB.
17th December 2011

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Kowloon Motor Bus has applied a second 'vintage' livery, this time to Scania K230UB ASB13, as pictured above. My thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to use his photograph.

     
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

What is certainly, in my opinion, one of the most attractive liveries currently operating is 'Hong Kong Asia's World City', adorning Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon S3N369. Whilst I managed to snatch a few shots of it during my recent visit, none are as good as this one from Philip Chan. Now there's an idea for a model!

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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Following on from the above, my thanks to Donald MacRae for sending me his photograph of the same livery - but this time on Dragon S3N351. I plan to add a few more photos to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages shortly.
16th December 2011

   
The first two buses of what is believed to be a second batch of thirty MCV bodied Volvo B7RLEs for Kowloon Motor Bus, AVC41 (RD7861) and AVC42 (RD7996), were registered yesterday. Full details can be found on the excellent Across website.
15th December 2011

   
Further to yesterday's news, my thanks to Peter Lau for advising that two Volvo B9TL/Wrightbus Gemini 2s are to be released, both on route 281A and one carrying 2010 decals on the side. Each version is limited to 1,000 pieces.

     
A new page has now been added for the KMB Dennis Dragon kit (92507) featured in yesterday's news.
14th December 2011

     
The December edition of 'KMB Today' gives details of three four (see above) new models. The first features a Volvo B9TL/Wrightbus on route 281A and is limited to 1,000 pieces. The other two feature short Dennis Dragons on routes 109 and 212 and each is limited to 900 pieces.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Leung Tin Shun

On the subject of short Dragons, my thanks to Leung Tin Shun for sending me photographs of this recently released diecast kit of a short Dennis Dragon, produced by Cars Workshop (92507). Further photographs will be added shortly.
13th December 2011


Photograph courtesy and copyright  of 
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today is the Kowloon Motor Bus short Trident in vintage livery (92002) and further photographs have now been added.

     
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My thanks OverGround Publishing for advising that they are going to publish three books between now and February 2012, as detailed above. Due later this month is 'The Fleetbook of Hong Kong Buses  -  Citybus/NWFB', followed by the 'Hong Kong Bus Review 2011', which is due in January and finally the 'Illustrated Book of World's Bus - Shenzhen', which is due in February. Further details will be added when known.
12th December 2011


A look back at Buses magazine for thirty years ago sees a China Motor Bus Alexander bodied Ailsa on the front cover of the November 1981 edition, with the same photo appearing inside the front cover of the December edition!


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

My thanks to Stephen Cho for providing details and photographs of former China Motor Bus Metrobus MC9 which is now operating for City Sightseeing Sydney, Australia - a new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
11th December 2011

   
In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Kowloon Motor Bus short Trident in 'historic' red and cream livery, a new page has now been added (92002).


Photograph courtesy and copyright of John Bennett

My thanks to John Bennett for providing photographs of this Beijing BK560 trolleybus, further details of which have been added to a new page - just follow the link.

   
I have recently been made aware of a website entitled 'The Hong Kong Bus Photography Manual' - well worth a look and I especially like this page!
10th December 2011


I have tonight added a few photographs of some of the new Enviro400s that have recently entered service with Citybus - just follow this link to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

A new page has also been added for the previously unreported book mentioned below, 'Hong Kong Buses - 90 Years' - again follow the link to the
 Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
8th December 2011


Two new books purchased during my recent visit to Hong Kong are pictured above. That on the left was mentioned back in July whilst that on the right came as a surprise - both feature Chinese text only.

The first (left) was published in July and is the latest in the series of fleetbooks from BSI Hobbies and covers all the major bus operators in Hong Kong. A new page has been added to the
 Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site - just click on the image.

The second (right) is, I believe title Hong Kong Buses 90 years and again was published in July this year. Whilst featuring several photographs from Mike Davis, there are many photographs that I have not previously seen. If anyone can provide any further details I would be very grateful. A new page will be added shortly.

7th December 2011

Singapore Update

Higer KLQ6129GQH2
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com/

The Higer Fuel Cell bus brought in for the Youth Olympic games last year was used to ferry the competitors to the events. It is registered as RD6066L, which the RD prefix stands for Research and Development.

According to the Nanyang Technological University Website:

“This project involves the development of a single deck fuel cell bus in collaboration with Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SBS Transit. Through the fuel cell bus platform developed in this project, it’s our aims to:
  1. Develop the technical know-how for the fuel cell bus design, operation, testing and maintenance.
  2. Collect data concerning safety and operating behaviour of the fuel cell bus under differing conditions on Singapore roads
  3. Develop relevant standards for fuel cell and/or electric vehicles operations. “
The Higer Fuel Cell bus was parked within NTU’s fenced up compound for quite a while, though revenue equipment was fitted to the bus, it never entered service. It was recently moved out of the fenced  compound to one of the public car parks located at Wee Kim Wee School Of Communications and Information, with the revenue equipment removed. The fate of the bus is not known yet.


   
Volvo B9TL (Wright Eclipse Gemini II) 3rd batch.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com/

The 3rd batch of Wright B9TLs entered service on the 23rd November, and are registered in the 3XXX registration range. SBS3000G is the first of the new batch of Wrights.

There are two major differences:-
1) This batch of Wright B9TLs are using LECIP Electronic Destination Signage (EDS) instead of Hanover signage used in the previous two batches.
2) This batch is configured to 100% low floor, instead of low entry. The two pairs of side facing seats in the previous two batches nearest to the exit door are now configured to be front facing (now designated as priority seats, while the step is removed).

My thanks to Mark Chua for the above information.

5th December 2011


Two new 'Yearbooks' have been announced, the first 'Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2011' is from the JRTeam and the second, 'Hong Kong Buses Yearbook 2012' is from from Danny Chan. Further details will be published when known.
4th December 2011

   
Having arrived home earlier today, a quick update on current news.

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Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Trident ATS38 appeared in this historical livery earlier this week, and subsequently information regarding the model was noted in the various 80M Bus Model Shops. The model will be limited to 2,000 pieces, on route 5C and is expected to be released during December.

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Philip Chan

A possibility for another model is this Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian, S3V15, which is now carrying a banner 'Farewell KMB Non Air-Conditioned Buses (2012)'.
3rd December 2011
       
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