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I am now on holiday, returning on 3rd November, so there will be no updates during this time - please do continue to e-mail me any news or photographs during my absence.
26th October 2012

 

The above flyer confirms the three Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons are set for release on Monday 29th October. The purple example is on route 9 to Ping Shek, the green example is on route 42C to Lam Tin and the lilac example is on route 42A to Cheung Hang. Fleet numbers are not yet known. Each is limited to 800 pieces and will retail for HK$328.

Since publishing the above information I am reliably informed of the following:-

92606 – 3N171 (DK5310) Destination : Lam Tin - Route :  42C  -  green and white : 800 pcs
92607 – 3N143 (DK1992) Destination : Ping Shek - Route :  9   -  dark purple and white : 800 pcs

92608 – 3N187 (DK8238) Destination : Cheung Hang - Route : 42A  -  light purple and white : 800 pcs

25th October 2012

These are the models you would most like to see:-
Kowloon Motor Bus - Volvo Olympian/Alexander 12 metre (3AV class)
Kowloon Motor Bus - Volvo B7RLE/MCV Evolution (AVC class)
China Motor Bus - MCW Metrobus 11.45 metre (MB class)
China Light & Power - ADL Enviro500 (317-321)
MTR Bus - ADL Enviro500 (801-812)
MTR Bus - ADL Enviro400 (140-148)
KCRC - Volvo Olympian/Northern Counties 11 metre (225-239)
Citybus - Scania/Caetano (8900)
SBS Transit - Volvo B9TL/Wrights Gemini 2
Asia World City liveried KMB Dennis Dragon or Wrights Gemini 2
These were the most popular wishes - unfortunately I am unable to include every model suggested! 
 22nd October 2012

   
My thanks to Network Shuttle for sending me photographs of five new Beijing scale models, which are detailed below. Four are 1/64 scale whilst a fifth is 1/43 scale. They have been issued by Beijing Basai Media Co. Ltd for Beijing Public Transport Holdings Ltd. All have certificates and are limited to 1,000 pieces each.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle
   
1/64 scale Beijing Jinghua BK6126S1 double-deck bus
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Beijing Young Man JNP6180G, fleet no B0456 (A04076) on route 3


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Beijing Young Man JNP6180G, fleet no D0080 (A-B7825) on route 1



Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

1/64 scale Beijing Toyota Charcoal Bus



Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

1/43 scale Volvo 9300 ' Silver Bus'
18th October 2012


3N143 (top) and 3N187 - Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

Two possible candidates for the purple or lilac version of KMB's forthcoming Dragon model are 3N143 and 3N187, thanks to 
Donald MacRae.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Noted operating on route 314 on Sunday was Citybus Youngman no. 1814 - it is believed this is the first time in about five years that this route has not been operated by double-decker.
16th October 2012

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Andy Higgins

My thanks to Andy Higgins for sending me photographs of two possible candidates for one of the forthcoming releases. 3N116 (top) is on route 2 to So Uk whilst 3N171 is on route 42C to Cheung Hang.

   
News Release : Northcord Model Company - 12th October 2012

I am proud to announce the creation of a new model-making company, namely Northcord Model Company.
This new model-making company has arisen from Creative Master Northcord Limited and I have acquired many of the assets of the former CMNL business.
One of the most difficult tasks has been to find suitable production facilities and, having achieved this task, I am pleased to announce that three models should be available for public sale starting in early November 2012. These models will continue to use the former CMNL identification stock codes

Further information and details will be released when the models have finished their production runs.

Danny C. Y. Chan
Sole proprietor
Northcord Model Company
October 2012

The models referred to are UK releases :-

ukbus 1053 : Dennis Trident / ALX400 in the livery of Ensignbus; bus 103 – V479 KJN; production run of 720 pcs.
ukbus 9006 : Scania OmniCity in the livery of London United RATP Group; bus SP164 – YP59 OEZ; production run of 600 pcs.
ukbus 9010 : Scania OmniCity in the livery of Stagecoach London with special Scania 100 Years branding carried in the advertising panels; bus 15174 – LX10 AUJ; production run of 720 pcs.

12th October 2012

   
Owing to a problem within my web-hosting company I am currently unable to access my e-mails. This problem has now been rectified! (updated 2240hrs)
11th October 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Regional Bus Photos

A quite superb selection of old Hong Kong bus and tram photographs has recently been added to Flickr, in the Regional Bus Photos photostream. The photos were taken by their associate, David Little. Photos can be purchased via the contact details on Flickr.
10th October 2012

      
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

I am reliably informed that Kowloon Motor Bus is shortly to release three Duple Metsec bodied 12-metre Dennis Dragons. These will feature in liveries similar to above model, which was released last year. The three liveries are believed to be purple and white, green and white and pink and white - each version will be limited to 800 pieces.


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

KMB Wrights Gemini 2 bodied short Volvo B9TL, AVBWS1, has received this attractive all-over advertising for Brooks Brothers, seen here in Chai Wan recently.

9th October 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 1001

The Hong Kong Transport Society yesterday organised a tour featuring Citybus's newest single-decker, the Young Man JNP6105GR. This tour also gave a farewell to Volvo B6LEs on Citybus franchised operations, of which only four remain in operation for its franchise routes. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

New World First Bus officially launched their Arts Bus yesterday, featuring 11.3metre Enviro500 no. 4023. A total of twenty-two Arts Buses will be introduced by Citybus and New World First Bus within the next few months.
8th October 2012

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The first of the MTR Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500s have been registered and allocated fleet numbers 825 (RR8145) and 826(RR7897). A larger photograph has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

Citybus continues to receive its 12 metre Enviro500s, with fleet number 8270 being registered yesterday. Detailed information can be found at the excellent Across website.
6th October 2012

   
Following on from the photographs of the two 'custom' models below, what model would you like to see released?  

I am sure most of you have a 'wish list' of at least one or two models that have yet to be issued - if you do, please 
e-mail me with your top two suggestions. I will then compile a 'wish list' of all those received in the hope that a manufacturer will take note!
5th October 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dream Bus Model


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dream Bus Model

Two recent 'one-off' models from Dream Bus Model are pictured above. I am confident that a general release of the Enviro500 would sell extremely well!
3rd October 2012

   
A ferry being used by The Hongkong Electric Company and carrying more than 120 company staff and family sank today off Lamma Island after being in collision with a larger ferry operated by the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Company. It is reported that at least  eight  twenty-five thirty-six thirty-eight thirty-nine people are confirmed dead and over fifty injured. (Updated 6th October)
   
1st October 2012
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