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A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages for the Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2011, published by the JRteam, along with a short review.
29th February 2012

   

The latest edition of Bus Fan World's 'Bus Focus' magazine (Issue 66) 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 KMB 'vintage' liveried buses, KMB's Enviro200s, KMB route 51, New Lantau Bus Dennis Darts, Citybus Enviro400s, Macau's new buses, plus much more, all in full colour.



I am grateful to the JRteam for sending me a copy of their recently published 'Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2011', a review of which will appear shortly..
28th February 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Photographed at the Hong Kong Bus Rally yesterday is the only surviving Dennis Jubilant, China Motor Bus DS1, looking like new. Further photographs have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages  section of the site, thanks to Alex Cheng.
27th February 2012

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Hin Volvo

My thanks to Hin Volvo for allowing me to use several of his photographs taken today at the 2012 Hong Kong Bus Rally. Further photographs of this event would be most welcome - please  e-mail me.
26th February 2012


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Kowloon Motor Bus

The above photographs, from 'KMB Today', show KMB's AVBWS1, which is set for release soon.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Anthony's Bus Homepage

My thanks to Anthony Lui for allowing me to use his photograph of the actual bus with the route number and destination as featured on the model.
20th February 2012


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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

I am reliably that two new Kowloon Motor Bus models are planned. The first features Alexander bodied Scania N113, fleet no. AS1 on route 300. This will be limited to 2,000 pieces.

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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Stuart Dobie

The second will feature the two-axle Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL, fleet no. AVBWS1, in standard champagne livery and on route 606A. This will be limited to 2,500 pieces.
18th February 2012


Photograph courtesy and copyright of JRteam

In readiness for KMB's last day of non air-conditioned bus operation, JRteam has produced two T-shirts duly decorated to commemorate the occasion. In either red or black, five different sizes are offered, namely:- SS size for 150-160cm height, S size for 160-165cm height, M size for 165-170cm height, L size for 170-175cm height and size XL for 175-180cm height. Each retails for HK$99 and can be ordered direct from JRteam via their Facebook page (http://facebook.com/jrteamhk) or e-mail (jrteam01@yahoo.com.hk).
16th February 2012


Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Stephen Cho

My thanks to Stephen Cho for sending me the above photos of an unusual Alexander Dennis Enviro500 in Melbourne, Australia. Bodywork is by Kiwibus and is to the narrower width of 2.5 metres to comply with Australian regulations.


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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

Following the recent release of the resin KMB Metrobus M81, I am grateful to Donald MacRae for sending me photographs of sister vehicle M88 operating on the same route, with blank destination and route number with the destination board in the front windscreen. These have now been added to the model page (M8199).
14th February 2012


A recent addition to my collection is this diecast Kowloon Motor Bus MCW 'Super' Metrobus, fleet no. 3M1, which appears to use the ABC casting and features steerable front wheels. Tampo printing is used with the exception of the KMB logos, which are waterslide transfers. The model appears to match that proposed by Cars Workshop, but never released - follow this link for more details of that model.  
13th February 2012

   
A new page has now been added for the resin KMB MCW Metrobus specially commissioned by Network Shuttle (M8199).


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Cute Bus File

Photographed today in Hong Kong were these two Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) Enviro400s awaiting delivery to the MTR Bus fleet.

   
The Modellbus.info website has an excellent report on the recent 2012 Nuremberg Toyfair - just follow this link.
12th February 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today is the Network Shuttle commissioned resin KMB MCW Metrobus (M8199). A new page and further photographs will be added shortly.

   
New single-deck buses dominate the rest of today's news.
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Cute Bus File

Photographed today is KMB fleet no AVC43, one of four MCV bodied Volvo B7RLEs registered yesterday.

Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Cute Bus File

Discovery Bay Transit has taken delivery of a further two Gemilang bodied MAN fleet nos. DBAY175 and DBAY176. Both are pictured in service today. My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me the above photographs.

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

Singapore Changi Airport's free Budget Terminal Shuttle, operated by Woodlands Transport between Terminal 2 and Budget Terminal has acquired Scania K-series buses to replace their older Isuzu step coaches previously used. The KUBs are bodied by Gemilang, similar to the ones used by SBS Transit for their Euro V K230UBs but with minor variations. The electronic destination signage is supplied by Mobitec and the airconditioning is supplied by Denso. 2 KUBs entered service on 1st Feb 2012 while the third unit entered service on 5th Feb 2012, they are registered as private/excursion buses and given a bright orange livery.
 
The interior of the KUB has been configured for airport use, with the front half of the bus for standng passengers/luggage only. The front wheelarch seats normally for seating passengers configured to luggage racks, and an additional luggage rack installed behind the left wheelarch, the standee area/wheelchair space fitted with upholstery cushions for standing passengers. The standard manual wheelchair ramp is also fitted. The rear half is for seating passengers.

There are currently 3 units operating this shuttle and it is unknown if Woodlands Transport will acquire more low entry KUBs for their fleet.

At present it is unknown as to whether these are Scania K230UBs  or K270UBs.

My special thanks to
Mark Chua Yong Xiang for not only providing the photographs but also the excellent report.
11th February 2012

   
Kowloon Motor Bus registered a further four MCV bodied Volvo B7RLEs today, fleet numbers AVC43-AVC46. The excellent Across website gives full details.

   
Hong Kong Tramways has refurbished tram no. 99, which appears in a plain green livery.
9th February 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Depot Model

Depot Model has commissioned 312Model to produce twelve resin KMB MCW Metrobuses, similar to the version recently released by Network Shutttle, but with blank registrations, fleet numbers, route number and destination. The model represents an example from the final batch, M81-M88. Each model comes with a decal sheet with KMB logos, route display blinds, registration plates and fleet numbers as well as a limited edition certificate. The model is to be issued shortly and will retail for HK$420.
4th February 2012

   
Alexander Dennis Ltd has announced export orders from Hong Kong for 253 double-deck buses.

It is believed that NWS Holdings is to receive 173 Enviro500s and 30 Enviro400s, to be delivered in the final quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014, whilst Kowloon Motor Bus has ordered 50 Enviro400s, due to be delivered in the final quarter of this year.

I understand, but it is not confirmed, that the bulk of the NWS Enviro500s are for Cityflyer services.
2nd February 2012
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