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The Citybus and New World First Bus Year of the Snake models are set for release tomorrow (1st Feb).

Citybus Enviro500 No.8188 (CM083) is on route 307 to Sheung Wan whilst New World First Bus Enviro500 No.5553 (20037) is on route 116 to Quarry Bay. Each is limited to 1,088 pieces.

31st January 2013

New World First Bus has started to receive the first of its fourth batch of 12 metre Enviro500s. 5557 (RW4460) and 5558 (RW2655) have been noted to-date.

An unconfirmed report advises that the first of a further batch of Enviro400s for Citybus have arrived in Hong Kong.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of C.K.Chow

KMB's preserved AEC Regent V AD4807, which has resided at Ocean Park's 'Old Hong Kong' exhibition since March last year, has been replaced today with preserved Daimler 'E'. Just follow the link for further photographs, thanks to C.K.Chow.
30th January 2013

   


Vehicle Model Studio (VMS) has just announced their first new product for 2013, which is a Little Registration Plate Key Chain/Mobile Phone Rope set to be sold at their Dry Goods Stall in the Lunar New Year at Mose Park. Its length is 6 cm and the customer has the choice of registration number.

   


My thanks to Ken who has sent me a selection of photographs showing his modified 1:120 buses. A selection of 'base' models have been used and I'm sure you'll agree they are all very impressive.
   
29th January 2013

 
Further photographs of the Citybus and New World First Bus Year of the Snake buses have tonight been added to thClick here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
28th January 2013

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Back home after a few days away and confirmation has been received that both the Citybus and New World First Bus Year of the Snake buses have appeared on the streets of Hong Kong. My thanks to Hong Choi, Philip Chan and Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to uses their photos, more of which will be added tomorrow.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Meanwhile Citybus continue to receive their new ADL Enviro500s, with 8315 being the latest, seen here leaving Kennedy Town for North Point yesterday, a day after being registered.

ThClick here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has been updated  with larger images of all the above photographs - more will be added tomorrow.
27th January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Henry Tin

What is believed to be numerically the first of the batch of Cityflyer new generation Enviro500s, fleet no. 8000, was spotted today as it underwent its vehicle examination. Further photographs have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
21st January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus continue to receive their new ADL Enviro400s, with ATSE39 being the latest to be registered (16th Jan). It was seen yesterday operating route 74A and was captured passing Tai Po Road near Chek Nai Ping.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

and from KMB's newest bus to one of their oldest, Leyland Olympian 3BL41 was new in 1984 and is now part of the training fleet.

   
There are quite a few eye catching advertisements adorning the buses of Hong Kong at present, and below are a few examples.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

KMB Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU54 - 'Eva Air - Hello Kitty'

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

Citybus Enviro500 8129 - 'Weisen U'

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

KMB Enviro500 ATE248 - 'West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre'
20th January 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

I've heard its presently cold in Hong Kong, but surely not this cold!
   

   

l am reliably informed that the actual New World First Bus and Citybus Year of the Snake buses will be launched next week. Enviro500s will carry the decals, New World using 5553 and Citybus 8188.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 312 Model

The 312 Model site has today been updated to show three new two-axle Leyland Olympians, which are pictured above. Left to right are BL13 (CZ9917) on route 96R to Wong Shek Pier, BL16 (DA489) on route 113 to West Point and BL 20 (DA365) on route 81M to San Tin Wai. Further details will be published when known.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

Continuing the subject of matching fleet and route numbers, I have received a number of photographs showing various combinations, none of which are 'perfect' matches, and too many to include here, but Keith Wood has provided a couple of 'good' matches, which are shown above - New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500s 4023 and 4038 on routes 23 and 38 respectively.

   
The remaining photographs of the two Guangzhou Bus GZ6112S models from RV Model have now been added to the appropriate pages (RV-001RV-002).
19th January 2013

   

The first glimpse of the New World First Bus and Citybus Year of the Snake models.

18th January 2013

   
Further details have been received on the new Guangzhou Bus GZ6112S1 models from RV Model. Each is limited to 788 pieces and at present they are only available on-line or from some model shops in China. On eBay each model is currently selling for approximately UKŁ45. Whilst new pages have been added (RV-001RV-002), a lack of time has prevented me uploading further photographs, but I hope to rectify this shortly.

   
I believe that Citybus will officially launch its new generation Enviro500 at a ceremony on Thursday 24th January.
17th January 2013

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

The first new generation ADL Enviro500 for Citybus visited the Central Ferry Piers today, coinciding with the visit of the UK's Under Secretary of State for Transport. Decorated in full Cityflyer livery and displaying trade plates, it has been allocated the fleet number 8001. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use his excellent photos. A new page has now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site and some larger than normal photos are currently being added.
16th January 2013

     
RV-001 Photograph courtesy and copyright of RV-Model

RV-002 Photograph courtesy and copyright of RV-Model

I am grateful to Jacky Ho and RV-Model for providing news and photographs of two new 1/76 scale diecast buses. Both models are replicas of Guangzhou Bus GZ6112S1 from Guangzhou Denway Bus Co. Ltd., China.
 Produced by RV-Model, the first model (RV-001) was released in November last year and is based on the bus operated by the Guangzhou First Bus Company. The route number is 131B which is a route operating around the Pearl River in Guangzhou city. The second (RV-002) is based on the same bus that is operated by the Guangzhou Jumbo Bus (Group) Holdings Limited. The route number is 272 which was a bus line commuting between the two train stations in Guangzhou, but has recently been suspended. This model is believed to have just been released. New pages and further photographs will be added shortly.

   
Following yesterdays posting of Citybus Olympian No. 592 on route 592, I have received a few other similar fleet and route no. matches, which are shown below.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Kwong

New World First Bus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident no. 1111 captured in Central on route 111 a few years ago.
   
Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

Another New World First Bus vehicle, this time Dennis Condor DA91 pictured at Central Ferry Pier on route 91 in May last year.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro200 AAU30 on route 30

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus short Dennis Dragon ADS30 also on route 30
 
15th January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Leslie Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus has today registered and allocated a fleet number to its BYD eBus single-deck bus. BE1 (RV8143) is believed to be the first of ten such vehicles ordered by KMB.


   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Meanwhile Citybus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident no. 2303 (pictured above in August last year) was badly damaged by fire today whilst operating route B3A in the Shenzen Bay Bridge area.

   

Whilst perusing photographs taken during my recent visit to Hong Kong I came across this shot, taken at Causeway Bay's Moreton Terrace Bus Terminus. Nothing out of the ordinary I hear you say, other than the fact that this Citybus Olympians' fleet number matches its route number. This leads me to ask what other fleet no./route no. matches are possible/likely? 
14th January 2013

 
I am led to believe that whilst Citybus and New World First Bus will decorate a similar vehicle from each fleet for the Year of the Snake, the decals will differ to some degree. Further details are expected shortly.
13th January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

As expected, the Citybus Cityflyer liveried Alexander ALX500 Dennis Trident was released in Hong Kong today(CM084/38509). Further photographs have now been added.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Silver Cheung

Last month I mentioned that newly registered Citybus Enviro500s were mainly put into service on route 102 between Shau Kei Wan and Mei Foo. Spotted earlier today at the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan is 8311, registered yesterday and operating route 788, as was 8310 a few days ago (see below).
11th January 2013

 

Above is the first glimpse of the forthcoming Citybus 'Cityflyer' liveried Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident, fleet no.2103, which is set for release shortly.

10th January 2013

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of ATENVIRO

My thanks to ATENVIRO for sending me photographs of two ADL Enviro500 chassis recently delivered to Hong Kong and spotted on their way to China for bodying. The top photograph shows the standard chassis which is destined for New World First Bus, whilst the bottom photograph shows the the new generation Enviro500 chassis for Citybus. Larger images can be viewed by clicking on each image.
9th January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Benny Lee

Citybus Enviro500 no. 8310 was noted yesterday operating route 788 between Central (Macau Ferry) and Island Resort.

It is believed that three of the four fully built up new style Citybus Enviro500s have now arrived in Hong Kong.


Photographed in November 2011 is VA30, the last of the first batch of New World First Bus Volvo Olympians, which is set to retire tomorrow. I understand parts have already been removed from VA27 and VA29 has suffered accident damage. It is understood that VA29 may be transferred into the training fleet. My thanks to 9042volvo for providing the above information.

8th January 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

A first glimpse of KMB's Enviro500 Year of the Snake model featuring ATE236 on route 619 to Shun Lee (39416). This model is limited to 2,000 pieces.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

and the Drumwell Wrights Gemini 2 AVBWU16 (DW10512) is pictured above, on route 270A to Sheung Shui. This is also limited to 2,000 pieces. Both models are set for release tomorrow (4th January).

   
The release of the Cityflyer Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident (CM084) is set for 11th January. It is limited to 1,388 pieces.

   

The above flyer confirms the forthcoming Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Snake diecast and cute buses.

   

Following on with the Year of the Snake theme, JRTeam are to issue two bus folders, as shown above. These are set for release tomorrow.

   

Set for publication in February is the 'Hong Kong Bus Review' by Dominic Kung and published by OverGround Publishing. It will retail for HK$220.

3rd January 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 9042volvo

My thanks to 9042volvo for sending me a couple of night shots of KMB's latest Enviro400, ATSE32 seen yesterday operating on route 606 along with ATSE29.

   

Vehicle Model Studio (VMS) has advised that they are holding a fair at Morse Park No.3 in the coming Lunar New Year when they will sell some bus models and other bus related souvenirs.  They will also share some of their designed advertisements at differing scale for bus models in our stall for the visitors. The event will take place between 4th - 10th February at the Dry Goods Stall No 117 at Morse Park No.3, Wong Tai Sin.
2nd January 2013
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