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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kowloon Motor Bus

KMB's magazine 'KMB Today' is now available on-line and confirms the forthcoming release of Volvo Olympian S3V18, with JRTeam decals on route 43C to Island Harbourview.

   


Due for release in August is this Best Choose 1:24 scale Leyland lorry.
30th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Owing to fallen trees on Clear Water Bay Road, following Typhoon Vicente earlier this week, only single deck buses can operate on route 91 between Diamond Hill MTR and Clear Water Bay, providing only a limited service. Double deck buses are still operating between Diamond Hill MTR and Hong Kong University of Science and technology. My thanks to Bobby Liu for the photograph and information.
28th July 2012

   
As part of future plans for the site, the domain name
www.orientalmodelbuses.com
has recently been acquired  - this will run in tandem with the current domain name of
 www.orientalmodelbuses.co.uk


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals, companies and organisations who support this site by providing the latest news, information, photographs, sample models and books for review, which make the site what it is today. This 'News' page is currently receiving in excess of 1,000 visits each day.

Particular mention must be made to
Jotus.com, 80M Bus Model Shop, Network Shuttle, Model 1, 312 Model, 3cubian, Tramric, Bus Fan World, MSD, BUSME, OverGround Publishing, Philip Chan, Donald MacRae, Bobby Liu, Jacky Cheng, Dominic Kung, Dennis Law, Eric Lee, Fai Ho, Gary Chow, Kelvin Pang, Vincent Chong, S3N92, Eric Chan, Stephen Cho and Mark Chua who regularly and willingly assist.
25th July 2012

 

The first glimpses of Tramric's new book, "The Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways" which is set for publication shortly.
24th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

Former China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM10 (FW3858) is pictured above making its debut in preservation during the Newbury Bus Rally yesterday. A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
23rd July 2012

   
It is reported that a further Kowloon Motor Bus non air-con Volvo Olympian is set to be released, this time featuring S3V18 on route 43C to Island Harbourview.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Pictured earlier today is the latest Citybus Enviro500 to enter service. 8231 (RM5849) was first registered on 18th July.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

The first four Ankai HFF6121GS-3 (HFF6120GS3 - corrected 24th July) open top double-deckers have entered service with City Sightseeing Sydney, Australia. They are slowly replacing the ex-China Motor Bus MCW Metrobuses, although none of the ML's have been withdrawn yet. They are fitted with a Cummins ISL Euro V engine, Voith 4 speed gearbox and ZF axles. My thanks to Stephen Cho for providing the photo and information.
22nd July 2012

   


My thanks to John Tam for advising that JR Team have launched three Citybus/New World First Bus Folders (currently on on sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair). It is believed they will go on sale in the NWFB Customer Centre on Monday (23rd July). Priced at HK$20, each comes with a separate sheet of alternative route/destination stickers.

   

Tramric is to launch its new book, "The Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways" at a special event on 29th July, as detailed above. The tram specially chartered by Tramric , operating as a roving tram museum running between Causeway Bay and Happy Valley, is also pictured.
21st July 2012

   
My thanks to BUSME for providing me with news of an event they are staging, in conjunction with Buses Model Co., on Sunday 12th August along with an update on their forthcoming Dennis Dragon models.

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The 4th Model Bus show will take place between 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Sunday 12th August. Admission is HK$35 and tickets are available from BUSME. Apart from the usual features, this year they have  invited Buses Model Co. to be their special guest, and they will exhibit some special and interesting models and also judge the best model creation for the participator and will also sponsor some prizes.

An update on the Dennis Dragon model, GA6479, is that BUSME, whilst using an existing casting, are attempting to enhance some details, and after receiving the pre-production model, are still carrying out revisions. Photos sent to me do confirm an improved level of detail. As these revisions are taking time, they have postponed the launch date, and it is now anticipated that it will be released in August, and not September as reported last week.

18th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Kowloon Motor Bus have released the two non air-con Volvo Olympians mentioned on 13th July. Both feature S3V17. BLV61007 on route 1A Star Ferry and BLV61008 on route 93K to Po Lam. Each version is limited to 900 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added.

   
Several new books have or are about to be published, presumably to coincide with the Hong Kong Book Fair, which gets underway tomorrow and runs until 24th July. The first, from BSI Hobbies, is the 2012/2013 edition of the Fleet Directory of Hong Kong Buses. Next from Overground Publishing is 'Our Hot Dog's Story', written by Dominic Kung and mentioned in the news update for 4th July. Danny Chan has added a new title to his Hong Kong Bus Files series, this being for the Mercedes Benz 0305/0405. Further details will be added when known.
17th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today is Citybus twin-axle Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL, fleet no. 7500. An 80M Bus Model (92103/CM076) it is on route 690 to Central and limited to 1,600 pieces. A new page and further photographs have now been added. 

   
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80M Bus Model Shop has organised a bus exhibition in Amoy Plaza, which is open between 11th July and 31st August. Full details can be viewed on the above poster. Some photographs of the exhibition will be added shortly.
 16th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New Alexander Dennis Enviro500s continue to enter service with Citybus, ad 8224, registered on 3rd July, is seen earlier today on route 5B. Further photographs have been added to to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
14th July 2012

   
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Two further KMB non air-con Volvo Olympians are set for release on 17 July, as detailed in the above poster. More information will be published when known.

   
I have received a report that the BusMe advertisement KMB Dennis Dragon S3N361 (GA6479) will be last Drumwell S3N models and these are set to be released in September.

In addition, it is believed a new casting of KMB's 11-metre Dennis Dragon is being produced by Cars Workshop and its first release is likely to be in August. It is understood the casting is one-piece and includes several improvements and new features compared to Drumwell's. It is rumoured that the first release will feature 'Hong Kong - Asia's World City' livery - yes please!!!! Any further information would be greatly appreciated.

   
The poster published on Monday announcing the bus model exhibition and bus model creative competition, to be held on Saturday 11th August and organised by 'Vehicles Model Studios' (VMS) has just been updated. It now makes mention that the compeition will be divided into small scale buses (1:120 to 1:76) and large scale buses (1:13 to 1:64).
13th July 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Following yesterday's news, I am grateful to regular contributor Philip Chan for providing a photograph of the actual vehicle with the route number and destination to be featured on the model.
12th July 2012

   
I am informed that 80M Bus Model Shop is to release a model of the twin-axle Citybus Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL, fleet no. 7500 on Monday 16th July. On route 260 690 (corrected 12th July) to Central, it will be limited to 1,600 pieces.
11th July 2012

   
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My thanks to Neo Cheung for making me aware of a bus model exhibition and bus model creative competition that is to be held by a new team called 'Vehicles Model Studios' (VMS). The above poster confirms the exhibition is to be held on Saturday 11th August 2012 (1200 - 1830hrs) at Sheung Wan Civic Centre. The exhibition is free.


SBS Transit has issued a press release which reads as follows:-

SBS Transit to add 1,000 more buses at a cost of S$433m - close to 90% of fleet will be new by 2015

By 2015, nine out of every 10 buses in SBS Transit fleet buses will be new.

The latest purchase of 1,000 new buses at a cost of S$433 million will bring SBS Transit's total fleet size to about 3,400 - its largest to-date. Comprising 450 single-deck award-winning Mercedes Citaro buses and 550 double-deck Volvo B9TL Wright buses, they are scheduled for delivery from as early as January 2013. All buses are powered by Euro 5-compliant engines and will have wheelchair-friendly features.

The newest additions to the fleet are part of the Company's fleet renewal programme which started in 2006. In all, close to S$1.29 billion has been spent to purchase 3,050 new buses.

Of the 1,000 new buses, 260 will be funded by the Government under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP), while SBS Transit will fund the 740 buses under its growth and fleet replacement plans.

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing the above information.

9th July 2012

   

My thanks to Eric Lee of Tramric for providing the following news update.

'We are very pleased to inform you that our first tram book "We Love Tram" has almost sold out. In response to market demand, we are launching our second tram book "The Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways" (ISBN : 978-988-16655-0-8).

This book is again jointly published with Hong Kong Tramways Limited and is one of the memorabilia for the celebration of HKT's 108 years of operations. The new book illustrates the tram's development with precious photos and informative captions, introduces tram systems in China and Taiwan, and showcases precious historic photos; the most popular chapters in our first book with additional photographs will be also included.

Each copy carries a hard cover and will be shrink-wrapped, so it looks neat and grand.. It contains 272 pages and is expected to retail for HK$228

To celebrate the 108th anniversary of tram service, Tramric has chartered tram no. 108, covered in the roving tram museum livery, to run between Causeway Bay and Happy Valley. We will host a historic photo exhibition in the tram and also offer tram memorabilia for sale at discount prices'.
6th July 2012

   

Pictured above is the cover of a new book which is expected to be published shortly by Overground Publishing. Our Hot Dog's Story, written by Dominic Kung, introduces the development of Hong Kong Buses since 1945. The book covers the following topics:-
half-cab buses, rear-engined buses, front-engined buses in the 1970s, coach development, the development of the bus route network, Mercedes-Benz 0305, non-franchised, Citybus and KCR's hot dog buses, hot dog buses for the Western Harbour Tunnel, the last night of the hot dogs and 'my story of hot dog buses'.
As with Dominic's previous book, Volvo Buses in Hong Kong, T.V. Runnacles provides valuable and historic photos mainly taken in the mid-1970's to the 1990's. Mike Davis, Nigel-Eadon Clarke and Alex Ko also provide a number of classic photos.
4th July 2012

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Kowloon Motor Bus Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310UD AS22 has received 'Brand Hong Kong' all-over livery. My thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to use his photograph.  


I am also grateful to John Bennett for providing details and photographs of a large number of Japanese models, of differing scales, which I hope to add to the site over the coming weeks.

Photographs courtesy and copyright of John Bennett

Pictured above is a 1:80 scale Nissan in Seibu Bus colours from One Mile, whilst below is a similarly scaled Isuzu Gala from Trane.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of John Bennett
   
1st July 2012
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