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The long-awaited 'new generation' Enviro500 for KMB entered service today. RZ5946 (ATENU1) was spotted operating route 58X (between Leung King Estate [Tuen Mun] and Mong Kok East Railway Station) as its first challenge of the coming years.  Larger images of both photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

   
More details have been received from Model 1 of their two forthcoming Citybus Leyland Olympians. Fleet no. 220 (63001/CM088) carries Network 26 branding and is on route 6 to Stanley whilst fleet no. 233 (63002/CM087) carries standard Citybus livery and is on route 61 to Repulse Bay. Each version is limited to 700 pieces and they are expected to be releases towards the middle/end of May.
30th April 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

Planned for later today is a 'Singapore Snapshot' update, a selection of photographs taken earlier this month by Alex Cheng. This has now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
28th April 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Wing Kwong Mak

Pictured above is an Alexander Dennis Enviro500 with Kiwi Bodywork owned by Rockleigh Tours of Melbourne, Australia. Some further photos have been added to a new page in
Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site My thanks to Wing Kwong Mak for sending these.

   
The main page of the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section has been revised slightly to indicate at a glance categories that have recently been updated.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Details of the registrations of the five new Gemilang bodied MAN NL323/R A22 for New Hong Kong Bus have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section along with a couple of photographs of RY6838.
27th April 2013

Among a number of new DVD's released by Independent Transport Videos are four Hong Kong related titles, these being detailed below.


26th April 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

New World First Bus continue to register their new Enviro500s, with 5576 and 5577 being registered yesterday. The former was spotted today operating route 82. A larger image has been added to the  Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site
25th April 2013

   

Set for release on 8th May are two versions of Kowloon Motor Bus MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE AVC48 (RF8411). 

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ying Han Tin

My special thanks to Ying Han Tin for allowing to use his photograph of this new 11.3 metre Citybus new generation Enviro500, which is, I believe, set to become fleet no. 9100. A larger 'clickable' image is available.
24th April 2013

    
The excellent Across website confirms Kowloon Motor Bus has registered fleet no ATENU1 as RZ5946 - this is believed to be the first of the new generation Enviro500s.
23rd April 2013

   
Citybus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident 2104 was severely damaged by fire earlier today whilst on Stonecutters Bridge. The fire appears to have started in the engine compartment, quickly spreading to much of the rest of the bus.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

Thanks to Mark Chua I have been able to add a new page to the
Click here to visit the Xtra pages of the site which features the SMRT Buses MAN NG363F A24 articulated demonstrator.


New pages have just been added for the two recently issued Best Choose Toyota Coasters (137601 & 137602).


Photographs courtesy and copyright of Kent Hayato

My thanks to Kent Hayato for sending me the above photographs of an ADL new generation Enviro500 operating for Go Transit of Ontario.
20th April 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Model 1

Model 1 are to release a new diecast model of a 10.4 metre Citybus Leyland Olympian. Two versions are expected to be released in May, one featuring 220 in Network 26 livery whilst the other featuring 233 in standard Citybus livery.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of i-busnet.com


KMB's is presently trialling its first BYD eBus (fleet no. BE1). My thanks to i-busnet.com for allowing me to use the above photograph.
19th April 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Leo Kong

My thanks to Leo Kong for confirming thet the gold Daimler 'A' (38208) was only offered to VIPs and journalists at the special event held last Saturday.
18th April 2013

 
New pages have now been added for the two Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'A's mentioned below. Produced by Cars Workshop, 38207 is in standard red livery whilst 38208 is in all over gold.

New pages have also been added and existing pages updated for the three trams referred to in yesterday's update, TT33664, TT33667 and TT33668.


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Network Shuttle

Best Choose has released two 1/76 scale Toyota Coaster minibuses. The red version (137601) features KB7028 with a destination of Mong Kok whilst the green version (137602) features DE986 with a destination of Kwun Tong.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

I have received many photographs of KMB's special 80th anniversary event held last Saturday, too many to upload, but a few more will be added shortly. Of the 80th anniversary liveries applied to the Gemini 2s, that applied to AVBWU253 (RJ2733) is my favourite. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me a selection of photos of these 80th anniversary Gemini 2s which have now been added to a new page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.


 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

The above resin model (B00421-96R) was released on 11th April.  Produced by P&T Model it features KMB Leyland Olympian BL13 (CZ9917) on route 96R to Wong Shek Pier. It is limited to 600 pieces.. A new page will be added as soon as time allows.

17th April 2013

       
TT33664 - Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tony


TT33667 - Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tony


TT33668 - Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tony

My thanks to Tony for sending me photographs of three recently acquired 80M Bus Model trams not previously recorded on this site. The first features tram 72 and is allocated the already issued product code of TT33664 (tram 38 was released in this same livery). The second (TT33667) features tram 114 in Po Sum On all over advertising, similar to TT33661. The third (TT33668) features green tram 27 with the same Hong Kong decals as TT33664. New pages will be added in due course. Any further information on these models or any other variations would be most welcome.
16th April 2013

Two new pages have tonight been added for the recently released Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Tridents (38510 and 38511).

A planned catch up on outstanding e-mails has tonight been thwarted by my ISP having e-mail issues.
15th April 2013

   
A new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the KMB 80th anniversary event held yesterday at Shatin Depot.
 
Three Wrights Eclipse Gemini 2 buses have received varying 80th anniversary liveries and a model of at least one is planned along with the Daimler A, which is pictured below, and which will come in a special presentation box. An octopus card will also be available, which resembles an old style bus ticket.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

I am grateful to 80M Bus Model Shop my providing details of the Daimler 'A' model mentioned above along with a second gold version. The standard liveried example is limited to 5,000 pieces (38207) and is expected to be available in May whilst the gold version is limited to 1,000 pieces (38208) but this is not expected to be generally available. New pages and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

   
New pages have just been added for the KMB 'Old Master Q' MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE (94001) and Enviro500 (39420).
14th April 2013

   
Kowloon Motor Bus today celebrates its 80th anniversary and to mark the event it has held a special event at its Shatin Depot.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

My thanks to Tramric for providing a number of photographs taken at the above mentioned event, more of which will be added tomorrow.
13th April 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

Kowloon Motor Bus have decorated Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU54 in a special livery to mark the company's 80th anniversary. My thanks to Plaxtonl's Bus Page for allowing me to use the above photograph. Another possible model?

   
As reported earlier this week, the following four Kowloon Motor Bus models are set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

ADL Enviro500 ATEU28 carries Old Master Q decals and is on route 68X to Jordan (To Wah Road). Produced by 80M it is limited to 1,500 pieces (39420).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

MVC bodied Volvo B7RLE AVC50 also carries
Old Master Q  decals and is on route 203 to Tsim Sha Tsui East. Produced by 80M it is limited to 1,000 pieces (94001).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident ATR428 is decorated in Friends of KMB livery and is on route 46X to Mei Foo. Again an 80M model limited to 1,000 pieces (38510).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Last but not least is a second Alexander ALX500 bodied Trident, this time ATR356 is on route 49X to Kwong Yuen. Also an 80M model, this is limited to 800 pieces (38511).
   
New pages and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.
12th April 2013

   
Personal commitments continue to occupy much of my spare time and as such updates are reflecting this. In addition, whilst extremely grateful to all those of you who have sent me photographs of recent activity, even under normal circumstances I would struggle to publish every single one! Please therefore do not feel offended if your photographs are not included. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

SMRT has taken delivery of a MAN NG363F A24 articulated bus, which is said to be replacing the first articulated bus in Singapore, TIB838H which has been retired.

The MAN NG363F is bodied by Gemilang with the Lion's City G design (albeit with slight differences), and is equipped with Gorba (remains to be confirmed), Spheros airconditioning (first time to be used in Singapore, also to be confirmed), and probably same layout as the Lion's City G for seating arrangement with one wheelchair bay likely located opposite the central exit door.

This bus has been registered as SMB388S, although this is photographed with a test plate "SMB0000W" for unknown reasons.

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing the above information.
11th April 2013

   
No less than four Kowloon Motor Bus diecast models are set for release on Saturday. The first is Alexander ALX500 Dennis Trident decorated in Friends of KMB livery (1,000 pieces). Next, and a new casting, is an MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE carrying all-over advertising for Old Master Q (1,000 pieces). ATEU28 is the third, again carrying Old Master Q decals and featuring 'ME' style stripes (1,500 pieces). Finally, a standard champagne liveried Alexander ALX500 bodied Trident with red pinstripes (800 pieces). Further details will follow in due course.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

10th April 2013

     
My thanks to those of you who have e-mailed me during my absence. I will respond to all in due course, however, other commitments are presently occupying most of my spare time, and whilst this update is being carried out remote from my normal environment, I have limited internet access and an inability to send e-mails. Normal service will resume in due course!   
9th April 2013
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