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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ying Hang Tin

The New Hong Kong Bus Company has purchased five new Gemilang bodied MAN NL323/R A22, similar to those currently being delievered to Singapore operator SMRT Buses. One is pictured above prior to being registered. A larger image has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
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Vehicle Model Studio (VMS) has announced their second product - a little plastic key chain/mobile phone rope.  Orders will be taken from 4th March 2013. It comes in two sizes. The smaller one (Route 95) represents the original plastic route plate used on the hot-dog buses and some early air-con buses. The larger one (Route N170) represents that used in the front of the later air-con buses. They will retail for HK$30 for one piece or HK$50 for two pieces. Watch out for further details on the VMS Facebook page.
28th February 2013

   
Both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses are continuing to take delivery of new buses as part of their fleet renewal programme, these in the main being Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs and Mercedes-Benz Citaros for SBS Transit and MAN NL323F A22s for SMRT Buses.

The registration of new buses has been rather confusing of late following the introduction of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) by the Singapore government which will see about 40 new bus services introduced and 800 new buses added to the existing bus fleets.

New buses funded under this scheme are registered using a pre-allocated sequence - SBS Transit buses are allocated the series SBS x3xx (e.g. SBS3301M & SBS6318J) whilst SMRT Buses are allocated the series SMB3xxx (e.g. SMB3001M).

New pages with photographs have been added to
both the SBS Transit and SMRT Buses pages of the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

Remaining in Singapore, but away from the two main bus operators, a pleasant surprise is the introduction  of a fleet of three brand new MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL (A69) open-top buses acquired by Duck and Hippo tours, a local sightseeing and tour company - see http://www.ducktours.com.sg/. The MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL is the same chassis type as ex-SBS Transit SBS8031J, which was rejected by SBS Transit and sold off - the buses are bodied by Soon Chow. 
23rd February 2013

   
Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

Citybus Enviro400s nos. 7042 and 7043 were registered yesterday and were noted in service today, along with 7040. Also spotted undergoing road tests was 7046. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

...... and pictured above are the buses they are replacing. Dennis Dragon nos 725, 729 and 730 are now withdrawn, destination blinds removed and parked at the company's Wong Chuk Hang Depot.

   
What is believed to be the last of the current batch of Enviro400s for Kowloon Motor Bus, ATSE51, was registered RX1322 yesterday.

   
Photograph courtesy of Mark Chua

A Singapore Buses update is planned shortly, in the meantime the above photograph shows one of the recently delivered Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.
21st February 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

New Citybus ADL Enviro400 no. 7042 was spotted yesterday in Shau Kei Wan undergoing road tests.

   
On the subject of new Citybus vehicles, it is rumoured that the delay in the registering of the new generation Enviro500s is as a result of the vehicles being too long.
20th February 2013

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Another possible model? Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander bodied Trident ATR428 has been decorated in 'Friends of KMB' livery and is seen here earlier today on route 46X.

   
Kowloon Motor Bus has decorated a second Wights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL in Year of the Snake livery - AVBWU242 (RG9525) is believed to have received the livery on 9th February.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Fleet no. YM20 is the latest New Lantao Bus Youngman, registered last week and seen today operating route 38. A larger photograph of both YM19 and YM20 have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages pages.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Believed to be one of only three remaining in the Citybus fleet is this Jit Luen bodied Volvo B6LE, noted today on staff duties in Tung Chung.
17th February 2013

   
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The 1996 intake of Citybus's ten 10.4 metre Dragons (fleet nos. 721-730) have now been retired with the exception of 727, which is expected to follow suit shortly. It is seen here in November 2010 approaching Stanley Market.
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Enviro400s are now the norm, fleet no. 7026 seen here departing the same location. Larger 'clickable' images are available for both the above photographs.

Photographs courtesy of Jotus.com

Whilst carrying out the above updates, photographs of some more new Citybus Enviro400s have been received. 7040, numerically the first of the second batch, was spotted this afternoon undergoing testing. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
15th February 2013

   

I have just received the above 'Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2012', published by JRTeam. A new page, with a review and 'page shots', has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. Certainly one for the bookshelf!
14th February 2013

 
It has been the norm for me in the past to carry out a survey every couple of years to seek feedback from visitors to the site of their particular likes, dislikes, suggestions for improving the site, the device used to view the site, etc., etc. The information obtained has always been interesting and useful in deciding upon changes to the site. The last survey was carried out three years ago (how time flies!) and I feel that it is time to take stock of the site generally - it is all too easy for me to carry on doing my own thing when you, the visitor, has other ideas and views. I do not plan to carry out a further survey, but would welcome any thoughts, ideas and comments generally that you may have about the site (both good and bad please). As you will have noted, the site has increased its news coverage to include real buses - is a name change warranted to reflect this? My personal interests are in the buses, both model and real, of Hong Kong and not those in China or Japan - should the site just focus on Hong Kong? Does the site appear in an acceptable layout on the device you use, be it a desktop, laptop, iPad, etc.?  I must say that owing to the site's large size, there will be no complete revamp and the web editing software I use remains fairly basic, so there will also be no fancy bells and whistles! Please do have a think and let me have your thoughts, using the e-mail link above - Many thanks.

13th February 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Once again I am indebted to regular contributor Philip Chan for providing photographs of the latest batch of New World First Bus Enviro500s. Fleet nos 5557 and 5558 were registered on 29th January and are believed to have only just entered service. 5558 is pictured today at So Uk at it was departing for its cross harbour journey to North Point. A new page has now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

This attractive livery, which is carried by Citybus Enviro400 7003, promotes 'Imperial Kennedy' a new development in Kennedy Town which is set for completion in 2015.
12th February 2013

   
Received today was the 'Far East Update', a regular and invaluable resource provided by Paul McNamara, which details all new vehicles, allocations, withdrawals, vehicle re-registered and much more for the fleets of the Hong Kong bus operators and those in Singapore. This update includes vehicles registered as recently as last Thursday!

Anyone wishing to receive this update can contact Paul at the following e-mail address:-  paul.fareast @ btinternet.com - but please remove the spaces each side of the '@'

   
Several of the pages in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site under the Hong Kong Buses category are currently being updated 
11th February 2013

   

The Modellbus.info website has a full report of the this year's Toy Fair in Nuremberg, which can be viewed by following the link. Whilst the report is in German, Google translator can be used to read it.
10th February 2013

   
My thanks to Tony Tsang for allowing me to use the above photograph.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alan Wong

5My thanks to Alan Womg and Bobby Liu for allowing me to use their photographs of new Citybus Enviro400 7041 captured today operating route M47. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. 

   

A new page has just been added for the the recently published 'Hong Kong Bus Review 2012', published my OverGround Publishing. A full review will be published in due course. My thanks to Dominic Kung for providing these details.

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Catherine

Discovery Bay DBAY73 is believed to be last Mercedes bus in public service in Hong Kong. Seen here just over a week ago about to depart from the Ferry Pier Bus Terminus.

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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Catherine
   
New tram no. 157 seen here in Central carrying 'Boots' all-over advertising.
9th February 2013

   
A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro500 in Old Master Q comic livery. My thanks to Watt Yung for providing the photographs.
   
   8th February 2013

Photographs courtesy of Jotus.com

A number of the second batch of ADL Enviro400s for Citybus are now stored at the Company's Wong Chuk Hang Depot with 7041 already noted in service tonight. A new page with further photographs is currently being added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.  
7th February 2013

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro500 ATEU28 has received a special livery marking the 50th anniversary of the comic Old Master Q, based on the attractive livery initially carried by KMB's Mercedes-Benz 0305 ME class in 1985.
5th February 2013

   
   

Following the announcement on 1st February that three new bus related books had been published, I have today received details from JRTeam of their Hong Kong Transport Yearbook for 2012.

Once again there is a choice of a softback edition or a limited hardback edition. The former (left) retails for HK$168 whilst the latter retails for HK$220. Each contains 188 pages. A special discount is being offered until 9th February for those visiting the 
JRTeam at their stall at the Victoria Flower Market - Stall no. 287.  I hope to receive a sample copy in due course and a review will be published soon after.
4th February 2013

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

KMB's MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE AVC50 has received an all-over advertising livery for Old Master Q, a popular Hong Kong comic. The livery is believed to mark the comic's 50th anniversary.

   

My thanks to Danny Chan for providing the above image and details of his new book, 'Hong Kong Buses Yearbook 2013' which, as reported yesterday, has just been published. A new page has tonight been added, just follow the link.

   

An unusual item is currently listed on eBay is a 1:13 scale remote control S3BL class Leyland Olympian. Measuring approximately 85cm in length, 20cm wide and 35cm high, it weighs in at over 6kg. The model is built to order and a 'buy it now' option is available  - the following link will take you directly to the item in eBay.  Please note I have no interest or connection with the seller.

   
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Network Shuttle

Just added to the Network Shuttle website are two of the three resin 9.5m Leyland Olympians announced on 19th January by 312/P&T Model. BL16 (top) (B00421-113) is on route 113 to West Point whilst BL20 (B00421-81M) is on route 81M to Sun Tin Wai. 
3rd February 2013

   
Three Hong Kong bus related books are now available.

The Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2012 from the JRTeam, the Hong Kong Buses Yearbook 2013 from Danny Chan and published by Northcord Transport and the Hong Kong Bus Review 2012 by Dominic K H Kung and published by OverGround Publishing.

I hope to add further details for each in due course.
1st February 2013
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