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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Almost three months after the New Hong Kong Bus Company first registered its five Gemilang Lion City bodied MAN NL323, these buses entered service this week with the above two noted in service today.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

A little off topic (that's one of the advantages of this job!) is the above photograph of one of London's new Wrights buses. Route 24 was the first route to be converted to the new 'Borismaster' and LT35 (LTZ1035) is pictured here yesterday. The second route to be converted is route 11, operated by Go Ahead, which will commence on 21st September. Following the eight prototype buses, an order for 600 buses has been placed.


Linking from the above news item, independent transport videos has released a new DVD on the subject of the prototype 'Borismasters' - just follow the link.
30th June 2013

 
It is confirmed that the two Citybus short Olympians from Model 1 will be released on Monday 1st July.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of D201@EAL

The first 'new generation' 11.3 metre Enviro500 for MTR Bus was noted earlier today. This is believed to be one of a batch of six.
29th June 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are these two Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Volvo Olympians. 3AV49 (GC8229) is on route to 80X Chun Shek (DW11301) whilst 3AV11 (GB4860) is on route 13X to Po Tat (DW11302). Each is limited to 1,000 pieces and new pages and have now been added.

   

The above poster confirms that the two Asia's World City KMB Dennis Dragons are set for release on 12th July.

   
 
The above two Citybus short Olympians from Model 1 are expected to be released shortly. Fleet no. 220 carries Network 26 branding and is on route 6 whilst fleet no. 233 is on route 61. Each is limited to 700 pieces.



28th June 2013

   

Yet another model has been announced, this being a Citybus Driver Training liveried Dennis Condor, T3 (GG8288). This will be limited to 1,000 pieces.

26th June 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
The news I have been waiting for for a long time arrived today with confirmation that Kowloon Motor Bus are to release two versions of their S3N class Dennis Dragon in Asia's World City livery. These are scheduled to be released in July and will feature S3N351 (GA1614) on route 5A and S3N369 (GA6324) on route 1A, as pictured above. It is believed that the quantity issued will be 1,200 pieces for each version.




Further to the news on 15th June, a release date of 28th June has been confirmed for the release ot the two Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Volvo Olympians, believed to be from Drumwell. 3AV49 (GC8229) is on route 80X whilst 3AV11 (GB4860) is on route 13X.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of NR 5800

Spotted yesterday undergoing road tests in Tuen Mun was this Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL.


I am grateful to Stephen Cho for explaining the reason why the new 'new generation' Enviro500s do not have wheel trims, this being the fact that these new buses have ZF axles instead of Dana axles. The fitting of wheel covers would make them over width. The same applies to the Enviro400s.
25th June 2013

   
The popularity of the recently released Captain KMB Dennis Dragon has resulted in the model selling out very quickly after its release.


Larger images of the two new Citybus Enviro500s featured in yesterdays News have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.
23rd June 2013

  
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Citybus continue to take delivery of both 11.3 and 12 metre Enviro500s. Pictured today is 9108, an 11.3 metre example which was registered yesterday along with 9110.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Anthony's Bus Home Page


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alan Wong

Fleet no. 8009 is the latest 12 metre example to be registered and interestingly this is the first to feature a steering rear axle.


 
At the same time, the delivery of similar 12 metre buses to Kowloon Motor Bus continue, the latest being ATENU27, which was registered last Thursday.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

In comparison and also spotted today is former Citybus 10.4 metre Volvo Olympian 241, now T8 in the Training Bus fleet, which is nearing its nineteenth birthday.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Benny Lee

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Benny Lee

My thanks to Benny Lee for sending me photographs of one of the recently released SBS Transit Olympians from Northcord Model Co. to which he has applied SBS Transit logos, registration plates and new driving mirrors.

22nd June 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

As reported on 15th June, the second version of the Best Choose China Motor Bus Dennis Condor, DL11 (B13766) is now apperaing on the Network Shuttle website. It appears the only difference from the first version, B11761B is the destination, which reads Sau Mau Ping. Quantities are not yet known. A new page and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.
20th June 2013

 
 Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Dennis Dragons. 3N171 (DK5310) (top) is on route 6C to Kowloon City Ferry (92609) whilst 3N143 (DK 1992) is on route 9 to Star Ferry and carries the attractive Captain KMB livery (92610). Each is limited to 800 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added.
20th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

Noted today undergoing road testing and minus its Cityflyer lettering was Citybus 'new generation' Enviro500 no. 8009. Further photographs, thanks to Watt Yung, have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
17th June 2013

    
It is reported that Drumwell are to release two Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre Volvo Olympians. 3AV49 (GC8229) is on route 80X whilst 3AV11 is on route 13X 11X (corrected 18th June) and each will be limited to 1,000 pieces.
   
In addition is is believed that Best Choose will shortly release another version of China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DL11, differing from that issued in May 2011 (B1176B1) in having a different destination and  route number. 

15th June 2013

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of JR Team

Yet more new releases are on their way, these being two Kowloon Motor Bus 12-metre, three-door non air-con Dennis Dragons. The first (3N171) carries pink Captain KMB livery and is believed to be on route 9 whilst the second (3N143) is on route 6C to Kowloon City Ferry. Each is limited to 800 pieces and are set for release on 21st June. I am sure these two attractive liveries are likely to sell out quickly.
14th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released today in Hong Kong are these two versions of KMB Leyland Olympian 3BL126 from Cars Workshop. The first (38803) is on route 46X to Hin Keng whilst the second (38804) is on route 80 to Mei Lam. New pages have now been added and further photographs will be added shortly.
13th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Two 'new generation' Enviro500s registered yesterday and noted in service today are pictured above. Citybus 9106 (top) is an 11.3 metre example whilst KMB ATENU15 is a 12 metre example.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

With today being the Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) several extra services were provided to/from Stanley/Repulse Bay to cater for the increased passenger numbers.

12th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The last batch of KMB Volvo Olympians with 3+2 seating are set to be retired shortly. AV88 is pictured above on 4th June, its last day of service.

It is reported that Citybus short Dragon's nos. 735 and 740 have had their licences extended.

11th June 2013

   
New pages have now been added for the three recently released SBS Transit Volvo Olympians from Northcord Model Company (ukbus0039, ukbus0040 and ukbus0041).

 
Further photographs of New World First Bus Dennis Condor DA66 have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
10th June 2013

   
New pages have now been added for the two Leyland Olympians from Venus Collectibles, BL27 (MBL01) and BL34 (MBL02).


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New World First Bus has applied a new Peak Tram livery to Dennis Condor DA66, as noted by Philip Chan today. Further photographs will be added shortly.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

Tramric has announced another new prduct, this being a book entitled 'Tram Art Gallery' which is expected to be published in July. The following text has been received:-

'This book is a treasure chest of information that will nourish your soul. Tramric brings new themes in a book every year for transport enthusiasts. We have worked with professional photographers to create a photo compilation that will debut in July, and we are fortunate to have the preface written by Hong Kong Tramways' General Manager. 'Tram Art Gallery' is designed and packaged as a collector's item, portraying our trams in an artistic and creative way. The photo collection captures our trams in unique settings and highlights changes in our cityscape over time as the tram network bears witness to over a hundred years of rapid development. In addition, we have also included tram development history and plans for a tram network in Kai Tak'.

Further details are:-

  Pages : 156 pages all in colour
  Language : English and Chinese
  Dimensions : 273mm (W) x 210mm (H)
  Case cover : Hardback
  ISBN No. :  978-988-16655-8-4
  List Price : HK$238     

9th June 2013

 
MBL01 - BL27 on route 70 to Sheung Shui - limited to 599 pieces
Model kindly supplied by Venus Collectibles
   
MBL02 - BL34 on route 11C to Chuk Yuen Estate - limited to 399 pieces
Model kindly supplied by Venus Collectibles

Venus Collectibles are set to release a new casting of a 9.5 metre Leyland Olympian. Two versions, which are pictured above, are expected later this month. Further details will be added shortly.
 
Model kindly supplied by Venus Collectibles

Another interesting release from Venus Collectibles is this resin 1:43 scale Toyota Echo Verso (RTE01) which features Hong Kong Police AM8913. Limited to 599 pieces, this model was issued in May.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of JR Team

My thanks to JRTeam for sending me photographs of Kowloon Motor Bus ATEU5 which is the latest bus to receive an 80th anniversary 'retro' livery. Larger images have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Rowe

Former China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DL18 was spotted in London today sporting the new Big Bus logo.
8th June 2013

 
 Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

P&T/312 Model have released two resin models of a Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon. S3N3 (DM6609) (upper photograph) is on route 6F to Kowloon City Ferry and is limited to 500 pieces (B0040B-6F) whilst S3N7 (DM7527) (lower photo) is on cross-harbour route 101 to Kwun Tong (Yue Man Square) and is also limited to 500 pieces (B0040B-101). New pages will be added shortly.

   
A new page has now been added for the second Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Snake' Gemini 2 featured in yesterday's news (DW10513).


Another Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary 'retro' livery has been applied to a presently unidentified Enviro500.


Larger images of the Citybus 'new generation' Enviro500s featured below have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
7th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

A second Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Snake' liveried Gemini 2 has been issued by Drumwell (DW10513). It features AVBWU242 on route 6 to Lai Chi Kok and is limited to 1,000 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

Concorde Hobby Shop are featuring three non air-con SBS Transit Volvo Olympians on their Facebook page. These are produced by Northcord Model Company and each version is limited to just 360 pieces. . The three versions are ukbus0039 on route 93, ukbus0040 on route 182M and ukbus0041 on route 257. They are expected to retail for HK$398. From the lack of SBS Transit logos I am assuming these are not SBS Transit licensed models.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Fleet no. 8006, the newest Cityflyer 'new generation' Enviro500, entered service today having been registered SB1285 yesterday.

   

I am grateful to Jackie Chan for providing some further details of yet another new Hong Kong taxi, this being the Nissan Cedric 4-door Sedan Y31. Although the Nissan Cedric is not a modern style taxi, it does have some unique selling points in the Hong Kong market:-
only 5-seater new taxi in HK market
airbag for driver;
fuel economy of 10km per litre
electric folding mirrors
ABS
less expensive than the Toyota Crown.
The following link will take you to the press release (in chinese) http://www.car1.hk/news/nissan-taxi-y31-launch/  whilst these two links may also be of interest - http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/HERITAGE/cedric_4door_sedan_original.html and http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/HERITAGE/Cedric_Gloria.html


Released on 3rd June was the Cars Workshop KMB Daimler 'A' (38207).

   
Tonights update has been rather rushed - I need to take my wife out to dinner to celebrate her birthday and I must not be late!!!
   
Further photographs and new pages will be added as soon as time allows.
6th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Last month I featured the arrival in Hong Kong of the new Toyota Prius taxi and at the same time mentioned several BYD electric taxis had also been noted. My thanks to Philip Chan for providing the above photographs showing one such vehicle.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus 11-metre 'new generation' Enviro500 fleet no. 9101 is pictured yesterday in glorious sunshine and in temperatures of just over 30C


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

Further to the news item on 2 June regarding the forthcoming release of the Hong Kong Tram system, I am advised the tram is approximately 1:87 scale. A YouTube clip can be viewed by clicking on the above image.
5th June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

KMB has modified the 80th anniversary livery on Enviro400 ATSE31 by removing the area of red around the front destination equipment, as noted in the above photograph taken yesterday. The photograph below shows the bus on 23rd May. 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

3rd June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

Tramric has just announced a new Hong Kong Trams souvenir which is set for launch in mid-June. The first in the series represents tram 173, one of the new generation trams which is battery-powered and comes with a set of tracks that can be customised. Ideal for enthusiasts and children alike!


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

Fleet no. 735 is the last remaining Citybus 10.4 metre Dragon in service and is set to retire on 11th June.
2nd June 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Further photographs of KMB's 80th anniversary liveried buses have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tramric

I am grateful to Tramric for sending me an selection of photographs of this Peak Horse tram. These will be added shortly


The month of May saw this News page receive a new record of 'hits'  -  42,222  -  easily beating the previous record of 39,300 set in May last year. The Home page also recorded a new record of 27,111 'hits', beating the previous record of 24,812 set in June last year.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

Citybus Enviro400 no. 7059, believed to be last of the current order, was registered on 29th May and is pictured here in service yesterday.
1st June 2013

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