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Today's update sees a round up of some new and interesting liveries

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU248 carries advertising for the company's updated app

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

whilst AVBW23 carries all-over advertising for the Roadshow Music Quiz

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

and New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500 4023 carries new Arts Bus livery

All the above photographs were taken today

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Citybus Youngman 1818 is the latest of the batch to be registered and is pictured yesterday
30th September 2012

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

The two Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympians from Cars Workshop were released in Hong Kong today. AV9 (92212) is on route 58M to Leung King whilst AV85 (92213) is on route 73X to Fu Shin Estate.

29th September 2012

   

The two Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympians announced on 23rd August are set to be released on Saturday, 29th September. Fleet numbers are not yet known, but one is on route 58M and the other route 73X. The quantity for each is 900 pieces.
26th September 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Numerically the first of Citybus's batch of Youngman single-deckers, 1810 was recently registered and is pictured above at Moreton Terrace earlier today. A larger image has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

Whilst on the subject of new Citybus deliveries, Enviro500s nos. 8260-8262 were registered last week and 8261 was spotted yesterday operating on route 788. Again a larger image has added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
23rd September 2012

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released today in Hong Kong is this resin 11-metre Leyland Olympian (10302A) from Bus Factory. Featuring fleet no. S3BL267 (DY2773) on route 38 to Kwai Shing East, it is limited to just 168 pieces.

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE fleet no. AVC49 has received all over advertising for Catalog, a fashion retailer, which features the popular Hello Kitty character.
22nd September 2012

   
     

Hong Kong Post are to release a set of stamps featuring Hong Kong's buses, but not until NEXT September!

Entitled
Hong Kong Buses, the set is to be released on 24th September 2013. The description from the Hong Kong Post website reads:-
'Buses have been serving Hong Kong since the 1920s. Throughout the decades, the models and specifications of buses have continued to evolve while the standards of services has been raised. Recreating classic Hong Kong buses with delicate brushstrokes and in a style that resembles age-old calendars, this stamp issue takes us through the time tunnel and will prove a must-have item for philatelists and bus fans!'


For those who use the Local Standing Order Service (LSOS) and with orders valued at HK$50 or more, a special "Hong Kong Buses" Octopus Card Holder is being offered. Full details can be found at the Hong Kong Post website.


    
The registering of the new Citybus Youngman single-deckers appears to be rather haphazard, with 1824 being the latest and noted today operating route 3B.
20th September 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 312 Model

These two resin Dennis Dragons are believed to have been, or about to be, released by 312/P&T Model. On the left is S3N294 on route 69X to Kowloon Station whilst on the right is S3N309 is on route 619 to Shun Lee. Any further information would be appreciated.

   
The last of a batch of nine Alexander Dennis Enviro400s for MTR Bus (fleet nos. 140-148) has now been registered whilst Citybus continue to receive new Enviro500s, the latest being fleet no. 8261 (RR3619). I welcome confirmation as to the total Citybus Enviro500 order.
19th September 2012

   
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Showbus 2012 took place today at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the highlight of the day (for me at least!) was former China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM10, pictured above looking very smart in the sunshine. Since making its first public appearance in July, it has received a slighter darker shade of blue. This was, unless I am corrected, the only former Hong Kong bus at the event.

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Nothing oriental about this bus, but it did attract plenty of attention and it was my first 'sighting' of it - quite impressive!
16th September 2012

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

I am grateful to Mark Chua, regular contributor of news from Singapore, for providing the above photograph and the following report:-

'An unregistered King Long XMQ6121G citybus for SBS Transit was spotted on undergoing test runs in SBS Transit's livery without the corporate logo. I was lucky to bump into the bus earlier this week as it made its way towards a workshop for some work to be done on the bus. The bus had a technical fault on the roadside which rendered the bus unable to move and allowed me to view the bus up close for a while, and the technicians rectified the problem within 10 minutes allowing the bus to proceed to its destination. 

This King Long XMQ6121G is an integral bus and is near identical to the ones currently operated by Transtar Travel for their crossborder service TS8. It arrived in Singapore earlier this year on 25th May from China and was spotted by some local enthusiasts while it transiting to King Long's holding area from the shipyard. It is believed that this bus is a demonstrator unit that will enter trial with SBS Transit in the near future.

It is a low entry unit, and is fitted with
  • Vogelsitze seating with the arrangement almost mirroring the Scania K230UB Euro V specification buses and has space for 1 Passenger in Wheelchair opposite the exit door
  • Denso air conditioning system
  • Alcoa rims fitted on front and rear ZF axles.
  • SMC Transit door system
  • Engine / gearbox unknown
However I am not able to identify the brand of the electronic signage as the bus was driven with the signage turned off. It is likely LECIP given the current trend of SBS Transit fitting LECIP signages on new buses after switching from Hanover, this remains to be confirmed.'

Soon after receipt of the above, Mark provided a further update:-


'After sending the previous e-mail, I checked my facebook and obtained the latest update - my friend had analysed the bus photos and found that this King Long XMQ6121G is likely a Diesel Electric Hybrid bus, a quote from the ST Engineering website reads;-

"ST Kinetics is currently working with Xiamen King Long on production of a diesel-electric hybrid bus for the Chinese market, with the launch scheduled for mid 2011. In Singapore, "ST Kinetics and King Long Singapore will also be collaborating with SBS Transit Ltd on a passenger service trial for the diesel-hybrid bus."

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

My thanks to Philip Chan for providing the above photograph of Citybus Dennis Dart 1482, which was destroyed by fire yesterday.
14th September 2012

 
Following yesterday's news of former China Motor Bus MCW Metrobus being destroyed by fire, today saw another former China Motor Bus suffer the same fate, this time in Shatin, Hong Kong. Citybus's Carlyle bodied Dennis Dart no. 1482 (ex-CMB DC3) was the vehicle in question whilst operating non-franchised route SC1.   
13th September 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Stephen Cho

City Sightseeing Sydney MCW Metrobus no. 426 (formerly China Motor Bus ML22) is pictured above on the morning of Friday 7th September. Sadly, whilst on the motorway returning to the Depot that same evening, it caught fire resulting in its destruction. Subsequently Metrobus no. 320 (formerly China Motor Bus MC9) has been returned to service. My thanks to Stephen Cho and Kevin for providing this news.
12th September 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow in Hong Kong are these two versions of Citybus Dennis Trident 2105 from 80M Bus Model Shop - 38507 (CM081) is on route E22A to Tseung Kwan O whilst 38508 (CM082) is on route 962 to Tuen Mun. New pages and further photographs will be added shortly.
10th September 2012

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

New pages have tonight been added for the two Drumwell KMB Wrightbuses issued today - DW10511 (top) and DW10511A.
7th September 2012

   
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The launch date for the recently announced Citybus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident (fleet no. 2105) is believed to be Tuesday 11th September. A free Cityflyer sticker will be included with the model. That on route E22A (CM081) is limited to 700 pieces whilst that on route 962 (CM082) is limited to 688 pieces. Each will retail for HK$328.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

As reported yesterday, tomorrow sees the release in Hong Kong of two KMB Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs. AVBWU209 (DW10511) is on route 268B to Long Ping Railway Station. AVBWU243 (DW10511A) is on route 307 to Tai Po Central.  Each is limited to 900 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric Product & Design

Tram 128 has just received a new advertising livery for Friso baby milk. Launched yesterday, it is expected the advert will last around a month.

6th September 2012

   
Kowloon Motor Bus is to release a further two models shortly. Both feature Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL, one is believed to be AVBWU209 and the other AVBWU243. One is on route 307 (Tai Po Central) and the other 268B (Long Ping Railway Station). Quantities are believed to be 900 pieces each version and the retail price is HK$328. They are expected to be released this Friday, 7th September. Further details will be added once known.
5th September 2012

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus are believed to be releasing a new model shortly of Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident 2105 with Cityflyer decals. One version is expected to be on route 962 and the second on route E22A.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ho Chi Kit

MTR Bus Alexander Dennis Enviro400 fleet no. 145 entered service today on route K65. This and another photograph have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
1st September 2012
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