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31st March 2013

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Bobby Liu

This 'rear-end' shot is interesting in that 8002, the newest of the E500NGs to enter service is alongside 2100, the first Duple Metsec bodied Trident new in 1997.

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Bobby Liu

The last Mercedes-Benz O405 of Discovery Bay was seen working on route DB03R to cater the large demand as a result of heavy rain. I was also noted on route DB01R earlier in the day.

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Bobby Liu

Soon to be withdrawn New Lantao Bus MAN NL262 JM4418 pictured at Tung Chung today appears to know its fate !

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Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon ADS44 (GS6072) was involved in an accident at New Town Plaza Bus Terminus in Shatin today when it collided with an escalator. It is believed the bus received serious damage and is likely to the withdrawn.

   
Tonights' update is being uploaded remotely - any errors or missing links will be corrected tomorrow
 
30th March 2013

   

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus has wasted no time in pressing their new-generation Enviro500s into service - fleet nos. 8000, 8001 and 8002 all being noted on Cityflyer services this morning. My thanks to Philip Chan and Network Shuttle for providing photographs, more of which have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Doug688

This rare CSL liveried tram was recently listed on eBay and yesterday sold for 80.64. Further details of the tram can be found here. My thanks to eBay seller Doug688 for allowing me to use his photograph. If you are the new owner, I would welcome further photographs!
29th March 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

Citybus registered its three other 'new generation' Enviro500s yesterday, 8003 is pictured above - details and photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ying Hang Tin

Meanwhile a Kowloon Motor Bus example was spotted earlier today heading to/from the To Kwa Wan Vehicle Examination Centre. A new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section for the KMB examples.

Thanks to the quality of the photographs received yesterday from City Transporters and today from Ying Hang Tin, the width of the larger 'clickable' images has been increased from 1024 pixels to 1600 pixels.
27th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of City Transporters

Citybus today officially launched their ADL New Generation Enviro500s and and a new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section. My thanks to City Transporters for providing photographs.
26th March 2013

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Keith L McGillivray

New 'Borismaster' buses for Citybus?

My thanks to Keith L McGillivray for allowing me to use his computer generated images of the London 'Borismaster' bus in Citybus livery - tri-axle and two-axle layouts.  More of Keith's work and photos can be found on his excellent Flickr site.


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Bobby Liu

The last four Citybus 12-metre Dennis Dragons from the first batch to be delivered (801-830) were retired on Friday, 22nd March, these being 801, 814, 820 and 821. Interestingly, 814, captured in the above photograph taken less than two weeks ago, appears to have received a fresh repaint - this is in fact not the case. The new livery is in the form of vinyls and is a result of the previously carried advertising on the bus expiring several weeks before the bus's retirement, and the advertising company being responsible for returning the bus into standard livery - albeit for only a few weeks!  

   
Thanks to Donald MacRae for providing some further photographs of the actual Citybus Cityflyer 8203 which have now been added to the appropriate page

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus Olympian 579 has received all over advertising for 'Faberge: Legacy of Imperial Russia' exhibition currently being held in the Hong Kong Cultural Museum whilst non-franchised Leyland Olympian carries all over advertising for Sony, promoting their new audio/vision products, and was noted yesterday operating a free shuttle service from Mong Kok to Causeway Bay.
   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

24th March 2013

   
It is confirmed that the two Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons released yesterday (80881 and 80882use a new casting from 80M Bus Model Shop.

   
The excellent Across 12 website reports that Citybus registered its first E500NG yesterday - 8001 has received the plate RY3212.

My thanks to Plaxtonl's Bus Page for allowing me to share the following photograph, confirming the above news.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Further photographs of the Cityflyer liveried ADL Enviro500 (80818/CM085) from 80M Bus Model Shop have now been added.

23rd March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are these two Kowloon Motor Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons. Interestingly these are produced by 80M Bus Model Shop. S3N360 (80881) (top) is on route 16 to Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) and is limited to 1,400 pieces. S3N350 (80882) (bottom) carries a 'Hot Dog Bye Bye' banner advert on the nearside and is on route 11D to Lok Fu. This is limited to 1,200 pieces. 
22nd March 2013

   

My thanks to Doug Stewart for sending me a selection of photographs of his Citybus trolleybus. He commissioned Dream Bus Model to produce an authentic model of the trolleybus and the above photograph shows on the left the original version commissioned by 80M Bus Model Shop back in 2001 in standard Citybus livery, which it never carried. On the right is Doug's commissioned model carrying the green livery applied to the prototype. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section. 
21st March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Whilst new buses have dominated recent news, some interesting buses have or are set to retire shortly. New World First Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon DA95, pictured above on route 590A, is one of a batch of four identical buses purchased from HACTL in 1999. DA94 and DA96 have already been retired and DA95 is expected to follow suit on Monday leaving just DA93 in service for several more weeks. The Dennis badge appears to have been 'acquired' already!


The demise of the Kowloon Motor Bus 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons (AD class) continues with AD190 the latest to be retired on 14th March. It is pictured in Luen Wo Hui in November 2010 whilst on route 70K.
20th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Released today in Hong Kong is the Cityflyer liveried ADL Enviro500 fleet no. 8203 (80818/CM085). It is produced by 80M Bus Model and is on route A12 to the Airport.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

Spotted today undergoing road tests were Citybus E500NG No. 8003 and New World First Bus Enviro500 No. 5568. Larger photos of both have been added to the relevant pages of 
the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
19th March 2013

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

New World First Bus continue to register their new 12-metre ADL Enviro500s - 5562 and 5564 were registered on Friday and were both noted in service today on route 2X. Larger images of both have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
A new page featuring some of Macau's buses has also been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section .

18th March 2013

 

Two further models are set for release next week, these being non air-con Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons.  S3N350 with JRTeam Hotdog banner adverts is on route 11D to Lok Fu and is limited to 1,200 pieces whilst S3N360 is on route 16 to Lam Tin and is limited to 1,400 pieces. Both are set for release next Friday, 22nd March. 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Pictured early in 2012 is S3N350, soon after receiving JRTeam 'Hot Dog Bye Bye' banner adverts.
15th March 2013

   
The release date for the Citybus Cityflyer liveried Enviro500 fleet no 8203 (see News 6th March) is confirmed as Tuesday 19th March. It is on route A12, will be limited to 1,388 pieces and produced by 80M.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The last of the 2012 order of Enviro400s for Kowloon Motor Bus is ATSE51 (RX1322), currently the company's newest bus having been registered on 21st February.

   
Owing to a lack of time, the planned Macau update has been delayed, but I hope to complete this shortly. 
14th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Whilst fleet no. 5561, the newest New World First Bus Enviro500, attended the HKTS Bus Rally today, 5560 was busy earning revenue.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Fleet no. 4003, a 11.3 metre New World First Bus Enviro500, carries a rather striking Andy Warhol livery promoting an exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use his photographs taken today at the Hong Kong Transport Society's 2013 Bus Rally, more of which have been added to a new page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
11th March 2013

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Paul McNamara

As reported on the excellent Across 12 website, Citybus registered two further ADL Enviro500s yesterday, fleet nos. 8318 and 8319. The former was spotted operating on route 102 earlier today and a larger image has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The buses of Macau have rarely been featured on the site so I am grateful to Bobby Liu for providing a selection of photographs taken during the week which will be added to the site shortly.

   
As mentioned earlier this week, the annual Hong Kong Transport Society's bus rally takes place tomorrow and any photographs of the event would be most welcome. 

   
Two recent infringements of copyright leads me to remind visitors that all photographs posted on this site are copyright of Oriental Model Buses unless acknowledged to another source. You are NOT welcome to use any photographs without prior written permission from the owner. In addition, as a matter of policy, I do not allow the use of any of my photographs for use on auction sites such as eBay and I will take all necessary steps to ensure any infringement of copyright results in listings being removed, as one eBay seller has discovered today.
9th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Two further Youngman single-deckers for New Lantao Bus were spotted today awaiting delivery to the operator, one of which is pictured above. 

The issue of the new ADL Enviro500NG being over-length has now been resolved and it is expected that one will appear on Sunday at the Hong Kong Transport Society's annual bus rally.
7th March 2013

 

The first model news for some while is the forthcoming release of Citybus 'Cityflyer' liveried Enviro500 8203, pictured here in November 2011 whilst laid over at Chek Lap Kop. It is expected to be released later this month.  
6th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Thanks to Bobby Liu for supplying a photograph of KMB Trident ATS25 which has been fitted with new electronic destination equipment.

4th March 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Pictured earlier today at Stanley Market are the two latest Citybus Enviro400s to be registered. 7048 (top) was registered RX3401 on 1st March whilst 7049 (bottom) was registered RX2819 on 27th February.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Oriental Model Buses

The scene at Stanley Market Bus Terminus has certainly changed over the past few years - the top photograph shows the scene today whilst the lower shows it back in November 2009.

Further photographs have been added to the the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.


   
Kowloon Motor Bus has fitted new orange electronic destination equipment to Dennis Trident ATS25 (JK2480).
3rd March 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Teo Wei Shen

Pictured above is the last Leyland Olympian to be built - SBS Transit's SBS 9168S which, as mentioned in last month's Singapore update, is set to be withdrawn on the 22nd of this month.
   
2nd March 2013
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