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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Derek Hopkins

The arrival of new buses for Citybus has dominated news in recent months, so as a contrast I thought I would post this photograph of Bournemouth Corporation Daimler Fleetine no. 180. This was the first of a batch of 10 convertible open-toppers, new in 1965, and which had been allocated names of English counties. Fleet nos 181 and 188 were subsequently exported to Hong Kong, along with 4 members of a similar but 'closed top' batch (190-193) having been acquired by the then newly formed Passenger Transport Services (Asia) Ltd, trading as 'City Buses'.

It's ironic that this batch of buses was the subject of my early bus-spotting days, living in nearby Poole and 45+ years later my interest still lies in yellow buses (amongst others), but now in Hong Kong!!

My thanks to Derek Hopkins for allowing me to use his photograph, which was taken in 1974.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Anthony's Bus Home Page

Big Bus Hong Kong have applied a new revised livery to Anhui Ankai no. 11 as can be seen in the above photograph taken at Central Piers. My thanks to Anthony's Bus Home Page for allowing me to share this photograph - check out his excellent Facebook page.


In June, Kwoon Chung Motors purchased 8 second-hand double-deck buses and passenger service licence certificates from Citybus. The buses are all believed to be ex-Cityflyer Duple Metsec bodied Tridents and one such example, believed
to be 2153, has appeared in its new livery.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

and finally,  Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 2 AVBWU66 has been decorated in this special livery promoting a forthcoming book marking the company's 80th anniversary.
30th July 2013

 
A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the first of Citybus's standard liveried Enviro 500NGs, featured below.

   
   
The Links page has also been updated tonight - the above photograph has been added for MSD Bus, which has a shop in on the first floor of The Apple Mall, 14 Kings Road, Tin Hau (opposite exit A1 of Tin Hau MTR Station) and a link to their Facebook page has been added.
27th July 2013

   
The launch date for the New World First Bus 11-metre Dennis Condor has been deferred until mid August whilst a second New World First Bus model is also planned for release during the same month. The Dennis Condor will feature DM18 on route 4 to Wah Fu Estate and will be limited to 1,388 pieces.

The second model will feature 10.6 metre Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident 1657 on route 19 to Happy Valley (Upper) and this will be limited to 1,488 pieces.



Photograph courtesy and copyright of HV6947.9030

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

The first of Citybus's standard liveried Enviro 500NGs were registered yesterday and entered service today. They continue to use the series of fleet numbers allocated to the previous batch of 12-metre Enviro500s, the last being 8319. 8321 (SD2840) and 8322 (SD4179) were noted on routes 788 and 789.   
25th July 2013

 
My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me a selection of photographs from his trip to Macau yesterday during which he noted several new buses.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The first was the CNG version of Wuzhoulong, according to the driver of the ebus, this batch of CNG buses were originally planned to operate route 22, however, as the route included many low-height signboards, which were potential hazards with the roof-mounted CNG tank, they finally found their home on route MT3. Bobby advises he tried one of the batch and found it to be quite powerful and comfortable.
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The next is this Wuzhoulong A10 electric bus which is on trial and is operating free daily rides to the public. Apparently one is unaware the bus is running and the only noise was generated by the air conditioning. 
   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Transmac have just received this Euro 5 Mistsubishi Rosa R327 and it was observed on service 28C.
   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Another new delivery is the second of the Euro 4 Higer ordered - K255 was on route 32 yesterday and according a Facebook page of Macau buses, several units were commissioned a few days ago.
   

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

And finally, TCM has introduced a new route 22F which is operated by Wuzhoulong minibuses.

   
Some sad news from Singapore this morning is that an SMRT bus was involved in an accident along Dairy Farm Road which, according to news reports, resulted in one fatality and two injuries. The bus was TIB 0605M, a Mercedes Benz O405, and was on Service 700A when it skidded and flipped onto its side.    


 
Above are the two recently published Fleetbooks from OverGround Publishing.
 
21st July 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

The Concorde Hobby Shop facebook page has several images of the new Best Choose China Motor Bus Guy Arab (B13767), which features LX231 on route 1 to Central.


Further to the new books featured earlier this week, I am also aware of the publication by OverGround Publishing of two new Fleetbooks as well as a China Motor Bus Handbook from JRTeam. I hope to be able to provide further details shortly.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Derek Choi

Whilst fleet no. 9111 is numerically the highest fleet number to-date of Citybus's 11.3 metre batch of Enviro500NGs, 9105 is the latest to be registered. Seen today operating route 788, it was registered on 18th July along with 8015, a 12 metre Cityflyer example,
20th July 2013

 
I am reliably informed that a model of a New World First Bus 11 metre non air-con Dennis Condor is set for release later this month. Whilst details of the vehicle are not yet known, it is believed to be on route 4 to Wah Fu Estate.

 
 
Two recent publications are pictured above - further details will be added once known.
17th July 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow in Hong Kong is this Citybus Driver Training liveried Dennis Condor (80887/CM089). Featuring fleet no. T3 (GG8288) it is limited to 1,000 pieces. A new page and further details will appear as soon as time allows.

   
A lack of time has prevented me from uploading a number of photographs sent to me over the weekend, for which I apologise. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
15th July 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow are these two 'Asia's World City' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons from 80M Bus Model Shop. S3N369 (80885) is on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) whilst S3N351 (80886) is on route 5A to Star Ferry. Each is limited to 1,200 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added.
11th July 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500NG 9106 is the subject of the above shot that will soon be a thing of the past with the announcement that with effect from 14 July (Sunday), Citybus routes 85 and 529 will be merged as new route 85, extending its service to cover between Siu Sai Wan and Braemar Hill. The following image gives more details.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Badenwurttemburg



Photograph courtesy of Mark Chua

My thanks to Mark Chua for sending me these photographs of a MAN NL323F A22 bus chassis destined for SMRT Buses, which is heading for the Gemilang coachworks in Malaysia for bodywork assembly.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Chua

Another Singapore shot, this time featuring SMB1370K, one of the latest MAN NL323F A22 to be registered, which is following the demonstrator MAN NG363F A24 bendy bus at Bukit Panjang.


And finally, my thanks to Wei Shen for advising that an SBS Transit Volvo B10M Mark 4, SBS 1965K, was destroyed in a fire earlier yesterday morning (09 Jul). The bus was travelling along the Central Expressway (CTE) when the incident happened near the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 exit. At the time of the incident, it was off service and was headed for Shenton Way Terminal. No injuries were reported.

News reports about the incident are available at Channel News Asia (http://cna.asia/159599B) and The Straits Times (http://bit.ly/12TyuC7)
.
10th July 2013

   

Hongkong Post has announced a limited edition 'Hong Kong Buses Stamp Sheetlets with Bus Models Prestige Gift Set. 

The following is an extract from their press release:-

"Having a long history, Hong Kong buses have been providing convenient and reliable services to citizens in Hong Kong since the 1920s. The popular transportation keeps pace with times and evolves in terms of appearance, carrying capacity, comfort level as well as environmental friendliness all these years. Nowadays, buses have become one of the indispensable means of transport for Hong Kong people.


Hongkong Post is pleased to present a “Hong Kong Buses Stamp Sheetlets with Bus Models Prestige Gift Set” which comes with a $5 stamp sheetlet, a $20 stamp sheetlet and a set of three 1:76 Enviro 500 Euro V bus models. In the $20 stamp sheetlet, lenticular printing effect is applied to the stamp. Three Euro V buses set against the background of Victoria Harbour in day, at twilight and at night respectively are imprinted on the stamp to symbolise Hong Kong Buses serving the public round the clock. The routes of the 1:76 Enviro 500 Euro V bus models (Citybus: Route 619, KMB: Route 47X and NWFB: Route 18P) are first ever launched in Hong Kong, making the set a precious collectible that cannot be missed.

The order deadline for this stamp product is 24 July 2013."

7th July 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus continue to receive their new 12 metre Enviro500NG with seven being registered on 4th July, one of which is ATENU33, pictured in service today.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Captured at the same location as the above photograph is Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500NG 9110.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500 4003 has received this attractive advertising livery for Kuoni.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Pictured above is the latest Citybus 12 metre Enviro500NG. 8014 was registered SC5830 on 5th July and is seen here in service yesterday.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Badenwurttemburg
   
And finally, also taken yesterday was this early morning shot of Cityflyer 8011.


I have increased the size of images on the News page to 600 x 400 pixels and trust this causes no issues. In addition, rather than using the term 'new generation' each time reference is made to ADL's new buses, I have decided to refer to them simply as Enviro500NG. Any comments on either of these points would be welcome.
7th July 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Silver Cheung

Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500 9109 was noted yesterday undergoing road tests in the Wah Fu Estate area. My thanks to Silver Cheung and Kevin Lam for providing photographs and larger images can be found in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section.  
4th July 2013

   

Yet another new release has been announced by Best Choose, this being a China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V (B13767). Further details will be added when known.
2nd July 2013

 
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Released today in Hong Kong are these two 10.4 metre Citybus Leyland Olympians from Model 1. Top (63001/CM088) is fleet no. 220 in Network 26 livery on route 6 to Stanley whilst fleet no 233 is on route 61 to Repulse Bay (63002/CM087). Each is limited to 700 pieces and further photographs will be added shortly.

   
Citybus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident 2286 was involved in a serious accident today which fatally injured its driver.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Wong


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

With today being a public holiday in Hong Kong (marking the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China) Kowloon Motor Bus operated two special routes. Route 5R operated between Yau Tong MTR Station and Kai Tak Development Centre to cater for the Hong Kong Dome Festival. Route 6R operated between Mei Foo and Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks on Stonecutters Island.

My thanks to Philip Chan and Dennis Wong for allowing me to use the above photographs.



For a second consecutive month, a record number of 'hits' were received for both the 'News' and 'Home' pages. My thanks to all those who kindly continue to allow me to use their photographs and provide information.
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