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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The Chinese built Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TLs are slowly entering service, with AVBWU294 being registered on 27th November.

 
Photographs have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for the Big Bus vehicles operating in Washington DC, and a larger image of the latest Australian Bustech CDi has also been added to the relevant page.
30th November 2013

   

It is confirmed that the two Citybus Cityflyer liveried Enviro500NGs from Model 1 are set for release on Monday 2nd December.

     

     

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

These two Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary liveried models from Drumwell are set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow.

Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310UD, fleet no. ASU19, (DW10804) is on route 905 to Lai Chi Kok whilst 
Wrights Gemini 2 boded Volvo B9TL, fleet no. AVBWU200, (DW10517) is on route 101 to Kwun Tong (Yue Man Square). 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Believed to be its first day in service, Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500NG 9141 was noted today operating route 98 to Aberdeen.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of David Rowe

David Rowe has provided some further photos from his recent trip to North America, and these feature Big Bus vehicles. Enviro500 is seen in the revised Big Bus livery.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

Spotted in Sydney earlier this week is this Translink (Brisbane and Gold coast contracted operator livery) liveried Bustech CDi, owned by Surfside Buslines (a sister company of Bustech). This is the 11th CDi built and it was heading to Melbourne for demonstration, staying at Scania Sydney for overnight stops.
29th November 2013

      

26th November 2013

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of David Rowe

My thanks to David Rowe for sending me a selection of photographs of some new Alexander Dennis open-top Enviro400s operating for Skyline in New York. I plan to add larger images tomorrow (now added!).
25th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Photographs of Cars Workshop KMB 80th Anniversary Enviro400 ATSE48, due for release tomorrow, have now been added (92803).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

CUHK ordered not only its first two air-conditioned buses, but also the first electric bus under the sponsorship from the HKSAR government.

This first has now arrived and is presently undergoing testing at the dealership. It is a Wuzhouling product but the exact model is unknown.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Several of KMB's AAS class single-door Enviro200s have received all-over advertising, as shown in the above photographs.




The Brand Hong Kong page in the he Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has tonight been updated with a number of new photographs.


   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Doug Coster

Possibly as the result of the impending opening of a water theme park in Sydney, a long established one at Jameroo on the south coast has applied all over advertising to the Busways CDi double decker. 
24th November 2013

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

In the News update for 30th July I reported that Kwoon Chung Motors had purchased 8 second-hand Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents from Citybus. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share the above photographs, taken about a month ago. HU4937 is former Citybus 2158 whilst that nearest the camera in the line up is 2151.   

23rd November 2013

   

Confirmation that KMB Enviro400 ATSE48 in 'Leyland Victory Mk2 air-con' livery will be released on Monday (92803). A new page has just been added.......

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

...... and thanks to Donald MacRae for the above photograph, taken during his recent visit - a larger image has been included
in the above mentioned page.


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Silver Cheung

The news update for 16th November featured KMB's newest bus at the time and today sees Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500NG 9140 take a similar accolade, having been registered yesterday, along with 9138 and 9139.

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

With models of the Citybus Cityflyer Enviro500NG due soon, it must be only a matter of time before a KMB example is produced, and a prime candidate would be ATENU70, pictured above, carrying KMB banner adverts promoting the bus itself. Another one to be added to the 'wish list'!
22nd November 2013

   
Further information has been received on the release dates for three further Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary models:-
92803, Enviro400 ATSE48 in 'Leyland Victory Mk2 air-con' livery is set for release on Monday 25th
DW10517, Wrights Gemini 2 boded Volvo B9TL in 'Volvo B10MD' livery is set for release on 30th November

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

DW10804, Salvador Caetano bodied Scania ASU19 in 'Mercedes Benz' livery is also set to be released on 30th November.
This leaves just Enviro500 ATEU5 to be modelled.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 ATE170 has also received a Christmas livery, this time for Crabtree and Evelyn.
20th November 2013

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

My thanks to Philip Chan for sending me photographs of two new advertising liveries. New World First Bus Volvo Super Olympian carries a Christmas Toys R Us advert whilst Citybus Enviro500 8219 carries that for GWFX, the sponsor of Swansea City Football Club, the first Welsh team to participate in the Premier League.
19th November 2013

 
Further information has now been received regarding the two Citybus Enviro500 NG in Cityflyer livery.

63301/CM090 features fleet no. 8001 (RY3212) on route A11 to Airport (rear destination has Airport in Chinese). This is limited to 1,100 pieces

63302/CM093 features fleet no. 8002 (RY5665) on route A21 to Hung Hom MTR Station (the rear destination is also in Chinese). The quantity is 1,200 pieces.

Both models are expected by the end of the month and demand is expected to be high.

 
Product codes have been allocated for the two Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary livery models announced on Saturday. DW10517 is the Wrights Gemini 2 boded Volvo B9TL in 'Volvo B10MD' livery and 92803 Enviro400 ATSE48 in 'Leyland Victory Mk2 air-con' livery.   
18th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Photographs have now been received for the 'Asia's World City' liveried New World First Bus Dennis Trident 1014 (38512), which is set for release tomorrow. 
17th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Venus Collectibles

The fourth (MBG02d) version of Guy Victory J G4 with a route/destination of 40M Shek Kip Mei MTR Station was released today at retail price of HK$349. The production quantity is 120 pcs.
This version reflects the appearance of G4 after modifications by KMB. The windsreen is aluminium and it features small window openings in the front doors. 

   
The New World First Bus 'Asia's World City' liveried Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident (fleet no. 1014) is expected to be released on Monday, 18th November.

   
 
The first glimpse of the new Cityflyer liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro500 NG which is expected to be released later this month or early next.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Two further Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary models are on their way. The first features Enviro400 ATSE48 in 'Leyland Victory Mk2 air-con' livery on route 234X and is expected to be released on 1st December.   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

The second is Wrights Gemini 2 AVBWU200 in the livery carried by the unique Alexander bodied Volvo B10MD back in 1984. No release date is yet known.

   
Another model, expected to be released soon, is a Long Win Enviro500 on route S1. No other details are known.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

KMB's newest bus, ATENU159 (SJ251) is pictured today at Shun Tin Bus Terminus, having been registered yesterday (15th). Larger images have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

And finally for today, my thanks to Donald MacRae, who has just returned from Hong Kong, for pointing out that a revised 'Asia's World City' livery has been applied to Wrights Gemini 2 AVBWU237, as pictured above. Iconic images of Hong Kong have now been added.
16th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

My thanks to Mark Chua for sending me several photographs showing the new SMRT Buses livery.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kevin

The latest Citybus vehicle is 9133, an 11.3 metre Enviro500 NG, which entered service on 13th November and was photographed in service today.

15th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Photographs have now been received for the two Asia World City liveried Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs from Drumwell. DW10518 features AVBWU248 on route 6 to Lai Chi Kok whilst DW10519 features AVBWU5 on route 1A to Star Ferry. Each is limited to 800 pieces and they are set to be released tomorrow.
14th November 2013

   

You wait for ages and then five come along at once!!!!

Set for imminent release is this New World First Bus Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident with 'Asia's World City' decals. It features fleet no 1014 on route 106 to Siu Sai Wan and will be limited to 1,000 pieces.

12th November 2013

   

Confirmation that the two 'Hong Kong - Asia's World City' liveried KMB Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs are set for release on Friday. It is believed the models will feature AWBWU5 (PH6346) on route 1A to Star Ferry and AVBWU248 (RH7539) on route 6 to Lai Chi Kok. Each version is limited to 800 pieces.

 

I rarely buy models of UK buses, other than those of local operators - today's acquisition is Yellow Buses Wights Gemini Volvo B9TL, DA183, with a final destination of Poole, my home town.


My thanks to Doug Coster for sending me a number of interior shots of the Australian Bustech CDI, most of which have been added to the following page.

11th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The arrival of new Enviro500s for Kowloon Motor Bus continues with ten being registered on Friday, bringing the total now in service to 150. ATENU147 is seen here earlier today.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Citybus Youngman 1825 has received all-over advertising for a chinese company - I'm not convinced the application suits this vehicle!

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Discovery Bay has put into service its new Euro 5 Mitsubushi Rosa, replacing previous DBAY77 a Euro 2 Rosa. It is used mainly on route DB02A, where it was pictured earlier today.

My thanks to regular contributor Bobby Liu for providing the above photographs and information.



New pages have now been added for the two Asia World City Dennis Dragons released in Hong Kong yesterday - 80891 features S3N369 and 80892 features S3N351. Just to add confusion, these two models carry product codes already used by 80M.
10th November 2013

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

I am pleased to report that UK bus preservation specialist Dave Rogers, with the help from his friends in Singapore and within SBS, has succeeded in saving the last ever Leyland Olympian to be built, SBS Transit's SBS 9168S. Dave is now the proud owner of the first air-conditioned Leyland Olympian, Citybus 102, and the last, along with Citybus 105 for good measure, which is pictured above (a click of the  photograph provides a larger image).

   
It is confirmed that two models of the new Citybus Cityflyer liveried Enviro500 NG are set to be released before the end of the year. 8001 is on route A11 and 8002 on route A21. The models are believed to be from Model 1. Further details will be provided when known.

 
A new page has now been added for tram 129 carrying all-over advertising for Ma Pak Leung (TT33671). This page is the first to feature larger image sizes, now 1600 x 1068.

 

Whilst I was on holiday, the Hong Kong Trams Station held its official opening on 27th October. Invited guests included famous artist Hawai Wong and Alan Cheung, the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Collectors Society. Visitors to the new store, which is located at Shop 18, Level 2 of the Peak Galleria, The Peak, enjoyed the theme and style of the store along with the interactive exhibition and sitting on seats from an old and new tram. as well as watching old tram-related videos. Exhibits include the tram stop stand and coin bank along with lots of other tram-related memorabilia. Well worth a visit.
9th November 2013

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Further details of the two KMB 'Hong Kong - Asia World City' liveried  Dennis Dragons have now been received. Produced by 80M Bus Model Shop, 80891 (top) features S3N369 (GA6324) on route 16 to Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) whilst 80892 features S3N351 (GA1614) on route 40 to Laguna City.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung

My thanks to Jacky Cheung for allowing me to use the above photograph of one of the new New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500 NG on its way back to the Chai Wan Depot after having a vehicle examination at To Kwa Wan Vehicle Inspection Centre.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

and thanks to regular contributor Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use the above photograph of a new Long Win Enviro500 NG.

8th November 2013

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is tram no. 129 carrying all over advertising for Ma Pak Leung, a well known pharmaceutical company (TT33671). I can confirm this livery was carried by tram 124 last year, 2012, marking the 190th anniversary of the company. It is limited to 680 pieces.
7th November 2013

     

Two further 'Hong Kong - Asia's World City' liveried Dragons are set for release on 9th November. Each is limited to 900 pieces and further details will be added when known.

 
Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 NG ATENU135 was involved in a serious accident earlier this week just days after entering service, suffering front end damage.
 

New unregistered Enviro500 NGs have been noted in both Long Win and New World First Bus liveries.
6th November 2013

   

















     

Having returned from my week's holiday, I thought I would post one of my holiday snaps - no prizes for any correct guesses!


No model news to report in my absence other than a further version of the 80M Bus Model Shop tram with 'I love Hong Kong' decals has been noted, this featuring tram no. 168 in an all-over black livery.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

My thanks to Philip Chan for sending me the above photograph of Citybus Enviro500 NG 8320, the first numerically of the 12-metre standard layout and built in the UK. It was registered on 30th October and is easily recognisable by the lack of tree guards.
 
3rd November 2013
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