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Wishing you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year
   
   
     

I am indebted to the following individuals, companies and organisations (in no particular order) for their support throughout the year which has enabled the site to continue to provide the level and quality of news and photographs of both models and real buses alike - a big THANK YOU to you all.

   
Bobby Liu Eric Lee Dennis Law Kowloon Motor Bus
Network Shuttle Philip Chan John Ng Chris Stone
80M Bus Model Shop Anthony Shiu Alex Cheng Grant Ng Kwok Kuen
Jotus.com Tramric Product & Design OverGround Publishing BusMe & T.680 Creation
Hong Kong University 312 Model Bus Fan World Yiu Mingo
JRTeam Hin Volvo Anthony Lui Stuart Dobie
Donald MacRae Stephen Cho Cute Bus File Mark Chua
Depot Model Andy Higgins S3N92 Keith Wood
C.K. Chow Joseph Tse Tim Moore Vincent Chong
Kelvin Pang Ho Fai MSD Bus Hong Choi
Yuen Chong Wai Garry Luck Buses Model Co Samson Ng
Alexandro Lim NR5800 Eric Chan 3cubian.com
John Bennett Across Dream Bus Model Albion Kwok
Garry Chow Bus Superb Modi Peter Harrison Henry Tin
hongbusho 9042volvo Paul Hawkins Dave Rogers
John Tam Neo Cheung Dominic Kung Julian Ferendino
Ho Chi Kit 1001 Dream Bus Model Simon Yiu
Ivor Norman Paul McNamara Stephen Martin Keith L McGillivray
Donald Stirling Russ Bus Pics Kevin Kei Alistair Liddle
Harry Cameron Kevin Lam Fai Chan TS Leung
Jacky Cheung Ernest Ho Wallace Shek Siu Ki
     
If I have missed your name, please accept my sincere apologies and do please e-mail me in order that I may correct my mistake.  Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my wife for putting up with my obsession for the last 14 years!!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro400 no ATSE28 was Hong Kong's newest bus when photographed yesterday, having been registered on 27th December.

30th December 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

As reported yesterday, Kowloon Motor Bus has also decorated Wights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU16 with 'Year of the Snake' decals and my thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to use his photograph.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

I am reliably informed that a model of Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident no. 2103 in Cityflyer is set for release shortly. It is believed to be on route A22 to the Airport.


   
With the above news, I am maybe tempting fate by publishing the following table before the end of the year!

A quick glance confirms the number of models issued this year is similar to the two previous years. KMB model releases again dominated with releases from Buses Model increasing significantly with the demise of KMB's non air-con Volvo Olympians.


 Operator 2009 2010 2011 2012  Manufacturer 2009 2010 2011 2012
                 
 Big Bus 0 0 0 2  52 Bus 1 3 0 0
 China Motor Bus 3 0 1 0  80M Bus Model Shop 8 7 14 12
 Citybus 3 1 3 4  Best Choose 3 0 1 0
 Kowloon Motor Bus 15
26
37 32  Buses Model 2 1 1 7
 Long Win 2 2 1 0  Cars Workshop 6 14 21 14
 MTR 0 2 2 1  Creative Master 5 7 1 0
 New World First Bus 5 1 2 3  Drumwell 9 6 4 10
 Chinese operators 2
9
0 0  Venus Collectibles 1 5 5 0
 Japanese operators 3
1
0 0  BusMe/T.680 0 0 0 2
 Others 2
1
1 3        
   35
43
47 45   35 43 47 45


   
Kowloon Motor Bus issued a press release yesterday via their website detailing the new Alexander Dennis Enviro500, 370 of which have been ordered.

29th December 2012

Kowloon Motor Bus have applied a similar 'Year of the Snake' livery to Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU16. A new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages for these 'Year of the Snake' buses.

   
New photographs of KMB's latest Enviro400s to enter service together with the latest Enviro500s of MTR Bus have also been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.
28th December 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

2013 is the Year of the Snake and Kowloon Motor Bus have once again decorated Enviro500 ATE236, seen today operating on route 2A.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

New Lantao Bus has now registered 3 new Youngman single deckers, namely YM15 (RV739), YM16 (RV835) and YM17 (RV1931).
27th December 2012

   


May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas


     

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

Citybus continue to take delivery of their Enviro500's with 8306 (top) being the latest to be registered (19th Dec) and seen earlier today operating route 102, which appears to be the mandatory route for all new vehicles of this type. 8310 (bottom) has still to be registered and was also seen today undergoing testing.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

On the subject of new buses, noted in Tung Chung today was this unregistered New Lantao Bus Youngman, believed to be one of a batch of five set to replace the company's five former Citybus MAN NL262 (MN10-14).

   

The first glimpse of the cover of forthcoming 'Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2012' from JRTeam. Further details will follow in due course.

   
Several pages in the Citybus and MTR Bus sections of the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site have just been updated.
22nd December 2012

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

New pages have tonight been added for the two public light buses recently released by Cars Workshop.
91401 features AU8380 with a destination of Tai Yuen whilst 91402 features BB2238 on route to Lam Tin. Neither carry limited edition certificates.
19th December 2012

   

MTR Bus registered three new 11.3m Enviro500s last Friday, namely 830, 831 and 832. The rear ends of 830 and 832 were captured on 29th November with a rather forlorn MCW Metrobus in the background.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

When posting the photographs of the iPod liveried Hong Kong tram and buses yesterday, I wasn't aware how widespread this advertising was. Thanks to Keith Wood for providing a couple of photographs showing a couple of London Buses carrying the same decals. Keith reports around seventy London buses are so decorated and also believes the campaign is being run in North America as well.
18th December 2012

   

New photographs of the new KMB Enviro400s have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Recently rebuilt tram no. 58 looks very bland in its all green livery


whilst similarly rebuilt tram no. 108 looks so much brighter carrying advertising for the iPod 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

iPod advertising is not restricted to tram no 108!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Chris Martin

My thanks to Chris Martin for sending me the above photograph of his three Bus Factory resin 9.5m Olympian models, which he received today and which have already had the supplied KMB fleetnames applied.

   
And finally, it is reported that the first Cityflyer Enviro500 has arrived in Hong Kong - watch this space.................
17th December 2012

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

The two Cars Workshop Nissan Public Light Buses were released on Thursday 13th December. 91401 features AU8380 with a destination of Tai Yuen whilst 91402 features BB2238 on route to Lam Tin. Quantities are not known and new pages will be added shortly.

   

Above is the new "Hong Kong's Ferry" A4 folder which is due to be launched shortly by Tramric. The folder features the beautiful artwork of the traditional ferries of Victoria Harbour. With its trendy appearance, it is aimed not just at transport lovers but also the general public. The list price of the "Hong Kong Ferry A4 Folder"is HK$20 each.


Tramric will also participate in the "10th Hong Kong Mega Showcase" which is being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 23rd-26th December. I am advised that all their transport souvenirs will have special prices!

   

The homepage of the excellent Across website has been revised and now includes a 'Past' section which details those buses that have recently been withdrawn, two of which are detailed below. 


MTR 409 was one of the last four Northern Counties bodied Volvo B10Ms to be withdrawn last Friday (14th) - it is seen here last month at Yuen Long. The new ADL Enviro400s now operate route K65 to Lau Fau Shan.

Withdrawn yesterday was KMB's Dennis Dart AA39, seen here at Tsim Sha Tsui earlier this month whilst on route 208.
16th December 2012

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Keith L McGillivray

My thanks to Keith McGillivray for allowing me to use his photographs of the new Cityflyer Enviro500 in Edinburgh. Further photographs can be found on Keith's Flickr site - just follow this link.
13th December 2012

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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Donald Stirling

One of the new-style Enviro500s in Cityflyer livery made a surprise appearance in Edinburgh today, apparently being evaluated by Lothian Buses. Photographs of the event have been added to Donald Stirlings Smugmug site - just follow this li
nk. My thanks to Donald for allowing me to use the above photographs.
11th December 2012

 
Photograph of BL55 courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Still catching up with the model releases in my absence, the eleven resin Bus Factory 9.5 metre Leyland Olympians released on 24th November are as follows:-

10311-3M BL7 CZ9905 3M Tsz Wan Shan
10311-70 BL8 DA210 70 Sheung Shui
10311-109 BL28 DB7782 109 Ho Man Tan
10311-7B BL29 DB8234 7B Lok Fu
10311-94 BL41 DB9635 94 Wong Shek Pier
10311-80M BL55 DE3824 80M Sui Wo Court
10311-11K BL76 DE4089 11K Chuk Yuen Estate
10311-77K BL83 DE5729 77K Yuen Long West
10311-81K BL104 DG2596 81K Sui Wo Court
10311-10 BL111 DG3514 10 Choi Wan
10311-29M BL116 DG3155 29M Circular
New pages will be added as soon as time allows, however, if you are able to confirm quantities for any of these versions, please e-mail me.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me the above photograph of KMB Enviro400 ATSE18, which was registered on Friday. It is believed that starting from tomorrow, 3 Enviro400s will be deployed on route 276 to replace Enviro200s.

   
Photograph of courtesy and copyright of
Cars Workshop

Thanks also to Keith Wood for pointing out that two public light buses are featured on the Cars Workshop website. No details are known other than they are 1/76 scale.

   

Two bus related books were purchased during my visit, the first being BSI Hobbies comprehensive Fleet Directory of Hong Kong Buses 2012-2013


The second, which I wasn't aware of previously, is entitled Hot Dog By Bye Bus and is published by JRTeam. It features a diary of the events leading up to the final day of Hot Dog operation and includes some superb photographs.

Both books retail for HK$168 and I hope to add new pages for both in the near future.
9th December 2012

 
New pages have tonight been added for the two KMB Scania N113 models released recently (DW11203 and DW11204).
7th December 2012

 
A new page has tonight been added for the MTR liveried Enviro500 (39418), released in Hong Kong today.
6th December 2012

I returned from Hong Kong earlier today and tonights update is aimed at giving a brief update on the releases during my absence, plus a few of my many photos!

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released on 24th November was this KMB Scania N113, fleet no. AS6 (GW652). Produced by Drumwell (DW11203) it is on route 98A to Hang Hau (North) and is limited to 1,400 pieces.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released a week later, on 1st December, was a further version of the KMB Scania (DW11204). This version features fleet no. AS8 (GW1346) on route 110 to Shau Kei Wan and again is limited to 1,400 pieces.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow is this MTR liveried ADL Enviro500. Produced by 80M (39418), it features fleet no. 801 (NE5930) on route 506 to Siu Lun and is limited to 1,250 pieces.


On the resin front, eleven versions of a two-axle Leyland Olympian in KMB livery were released on 24th November by Bus Factory, details of which will appear shortly.


Believed to be set for release shortly is the above tram, No. 168, carrying Rimowa advertising., and below is the real livery spotted on tram No. 30




the old....

and the new..... new KMB Enviro400s awaiting registration.

Citybus ADL Enviro500 no. 9294 was a day old when captured at Shau Kei Wan.

MTR 11.3m Enviro500 no. 828 in the mist at Tin Shui Wai
5th December 2012

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