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A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the new MTR Bus Enviro500s featured in yesterday's News.

   
Work on the 'Trams' section, which included some changes to its layout and appearance, has now been completed and all pages should again be accessible.
31st August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

MTR Bus has purchased nine 11.3 metre Alexander Dennis Enviro500s for use on the West-Rail feeder bus routes. It is expected they will enter service between now and early 2013. Four have so far arrived and were seen in mid August with tests and trial runs expected to commence shortly. My special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for providing both the information and photographs, more of which will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.
30th August 2012

   
A correction for the quantities of the two Cars Workshop Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts - AAU13 (93003) is limited to 600 pieces and AAU21 (93004) is limited to 1,200 pieces. The destination of the latter reads 'Kam Sheung Road Railway Station', but in Chinese only.

   
The 'Trams' section is currently undergoing some changes resulting in the continuity between pages not being what it should be!  Hopefully this work will be completed shortly.
29th August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The two KMB Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart were released in Hong Kong today. Produced by Cars Workshop, AAU13 (PX5012) is on route 8A to Whampoa Garden (93003) whilst AAU21 (PZ501) is on route 51 to Tsuen Wan (Nina Tower) (93004). Each is limited to 900 pieces See correction above. 



A new page and a review of the recently published book 'A Centenary Date with Hong Kong Tramways' has now been added - just follow the link.

   
Further photographs of the two new Citybus Youngman single-deckers have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

My thanks to Jotus.com for providing photographs of the Busme/T.680 Dennis Dragons, which will be added to the relevant pages shortly.
28th August 2012

   

The two KMB Dennis Dart Enviro200's mentioned in the 'News' for 23rd August are set for release tomorrow. AAU13 (PX5012) on route 8A to Whampoa Garden whilst AAU21 (PZ501) is on route 51 to Tsuen Wan (Nina Tower).

   
Five people were injured, at least one seriously, when a Long Win Enviro500 (fleet no. 703?) mounted a pavement and crashed into the Citywalk shopping mall in Tsuen Wan early yesterday morning after the driver reportedly fainted at the wheel.
27th August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Photographed today operating on route 76 are these two Citybus single-deckers. The first features fleet no. 1352, a Jit Luen bodied Volvo B6 whilst the second shows fleet no. 1814, the second Youngman to enter the Citybus fleet, being registered on 15th August.
26th August 2012

 

A new page along with a brief review of the recently published tram book 'Amazing Ding Ding' has now been added - just follow the link.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing photographs of these 'Brand Hong Kong' liveried SBS Transit buses. Not quite as attractive as that used in Hong Kong, in my opinion. I hope to add a more detailed  Singapore update shortly.
24th August 2012

   
Four new KMB models have been announced today.

The first two feature air-conditioned Volvo Olympians, fleet numbers are currently unknown, one on route 58M and the other 73X. The quantity will be 1,800, presumably 900 for each version.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Philip Chan

The second features Alexander Dennis Enviro200's AAU13 (PX5012) on route 8A to Whampoa Garden, as pictured above, and AAU21 (PZ501) on route 51. Again it is believed each is limited to 900 pieces.
 
My thanks to Philip Chan and Fai Ho for providing this news.

   
The Corgi 'Buspak' Olympian (43209) that appeared on a popular auction site last week, sold for 310.

   

Tramric Product & Design has organised a 'Tram Art Exhibition' which is to be held at the Atrium of Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Road, Wan Chai between 29th August and 26th September.

   
Thanks to John Bennett, new photographs of the Beijing Skoda 706 RO articulated bus have now been added to the appropriate page - just follow this link.

   
Whilst new pages have been added for the Busme/T.680 Dennis Dragons (BT680-1A & BT680-16M), I am lacking the usual photographs of these models - if you are willing to share your photos, please e-mail me.
23rd August 2012

   
New pages have now been added for the KMB Buses Model Co. Volvo Olympian S3V18 (BLV61002) along with the two Busme/T.680 Dennis Dragons (BT680-1A & BT680-16M).
18th August 2012

   
I am still catching up with the news from last week, along with the latest news, so my apologies for the rather short updates. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

The first of Citybus's new Youngman single-deckers entered service today on route 76 and my special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me several photographs, which have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BusMe

Released on 8th August were the two Duple Metsec Dennis Dragons from Busme. Both feature S3N361, one version on route 1A to star Ferry and the other on route 16M with a blank destination.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of BusMe

A third version, with a quantity of just 18 pieces, features a blank route and destination, just like the actual buses after its last service. With a very special certificate, one of these was the prize in the lucky draw section of their recent bus model sharing show. The remaining models will be used for other lucky draw of BUSME function and some of them will only sell to the BusMe's members, details of which will announced in due course.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Julian Ferendino

Pictured above is a built-up Cars Workshop Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident kit, assembled by Julian Ferendino and superbly decorated with the Queen's Diamond Jublilee decals.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Bus Factory released two resin KMB models in my absence. The first (top photo) is a Dennis Falcon, featuring fleet no. AF16 (DJ107) on route 203E to Jordan Road Ferry. The second (bottom photo) is Dennis Lance AN1 (FP2584) on route 273 to Fanling Railway Station. New pages will be added as soon as time allows.

   

Noted on a popular auction site here in the UK is Corgi 'Buspak' Olympian (43209) - I would add that I have no connection with the seller!
15th August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released on 10th August was this Buses Model Co. KMB Olympian, fleet no. S3V18 (BLV61002), limited to 1,288 pieces and carrying JRTeam decals. A new page and further photographs will be added shortly.

   

Two new tram books arrived in my absence and reviews for both will appear in due course.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright ofBobby Liu

My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me these photographs of two unregistered Citybus YoungMan at the dealership.

   
MTR Bus Enviro400 fleet no. 143 (RN4128) was noted today operating on route K65 - thank to Kelvin Pang for providing this news.

   
Click on image for larger photograph

And finally, a holiday snap!
13th August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BusMe

My thanks to BusMe for sending me a selection of photogpraphs of their soon to be released Dennis Dragon, GA6479, which is expected to go on sale towards the end of next week. A lack of time has prevented me from adding further photographs.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

The Network Shuttle Facebook has images of this Wuzhoulong FDG6120HEVS 'Pure Electric' hybrid bus.

   
I am now on holiday for just over a week so there will be no updates during this time. Please do continue to send me your news, information and photographs ready for my return.
3rd August 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BusMe

The BusMe Facebook page has several photographs of sample models of their forthcoming Dennis Dragon GA6479. One is on route 1A to Star Ferry and the other on route 16M, with a blank destination, which is a nice touch. Further details will be published when known.

   
Further to yesterdays news on the recently published book 'Amazing Ding Ding', I am advised the book is available from most bookshops in Hong Kong, including 80M Bus Model Shop. It is also available from at least two on-line shops.

The poster shown below features all the wooden trams prior to the new-build ones and 12 of these have already disappeared, having been scrapped already.

I can confirm that a review will appear here in due course.

2nd August 2012

   
The first of Citybus's YoungMan single deckers has been allocated fleet number 1811 and was yesterday registered as RN819.

   


Not previously mentioned is the book 'Amazing Ding Ding' which was published in June and gives an insight into Hong Kong's unique double-deck trams. In addition to the history of tramways, clarification is given to some errors and myths, which are well illustrated. It also includes rare or undisclosed contents such as tramlines development, variety of tramcars, engineering, depots and advertising. Included is a poster which I believe features every tram!

The book is written in Chinese and is supported with prefaces by renowned parties from UK and Germany. It retails for HK$118.
I hope to add a full review in due course
1st August 2012
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