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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung Photo Album

A further shot of the new VDL DB300 with MCV bodywork, thanks to Dennis Leung.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

New Lantao Bus began operating the former Citybus 'Cityflyer' Dennis Trident HT9721 on its route B2X today
31st January 2014

   









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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomoorow are these two diecast Kowloon Motor Bus Albion Victors. On the left is L17 (HK4518) on route 70 to Sheung Shui whilst on the right is L51 (HK4552) which is on route 35A to Shek Yam.  I hope to add further details shortly, but a larger clickable image is available above.




Today's book news  - the 'Hong Kong Bus Review 2013' from OverGround Publishing - further details will be added in due course.
30th January 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

Following the news below, I am grateful to Plaxtonl's Bus Page for allowing me to share their photograph of the new MCV bodied VDL, news of which appears below. I would recommend taking a look at their Facebook page for the latest information and photos.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

My thanks to Jotus.com for sending me a selection of comparison photos showing the two recently released 'new-generation' Alexander Dennis Enviro500s. These have been added to a new page in the   section of the site.

   

It is that time of the year when the various Yearbooks and Reviews are published - already mentioned is that from Northcord Transport (see 25th January) and above is the JRTeam's 'Hong Kong Transport Yearbook 2013'. I hope to provide further details in the near future.

     

Rather belatedly, as it comes from last week's edition of Coach & Bus Week, is this article on Dave Roger's latest acquisition, the very last Leyland chassis produced, becoming SBS Transit's SBS 9168S.  


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Two resin models released recently are these KMB Leyland Olympians from P&T Model. BL54 (top) is on route 182 to Central Macau Ferry (B00422-182) whilst the second is BL90 (bottom) on route 28A to Lok Wah (B00422-28A). Each version is limited to 160 pieces.   
29th January 2014

   
New pages have now been added for three Kowloon Motor Bus models issued in Hong Kong today - Cars Workshop KMB Enviro500NG ATENU70 (94401) and 80M Bus Bus Model Shop Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons S3N297 (80888) and S3N290 (80889). 

   
Photographs have appeared of a new two-axle double-decker for Kowloon Motor Bus. The bus is believed to be a 10.5 metre MCV bodied VDL DB300. Further details or photographs would be most welcome!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Badenwurttemburg

New World First Bus Enviro500 5516 is the second bus carrying advertising for the Hong Kong Museum of History's exhibition 'Images Through Time : Photos of Old Hong Kong', detailed in yesterday's news.
27th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The first model of the new generation Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander Dennis Enviro500 is set for release tomorrow (94401). Produced by Cars Workshop, it features ATENU70 carrying EuroV banner adverts and is on route 118 to Siu Sai Wan and is limited to 1,800 pieces.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Two 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons are due to be released in Hong Kong tomorrow. Products of 80M Bus Model Shop, S3N297 (80888) is on route 58X to Leung King whilst S3N290 (80889) is on route 66 to Tai Hing. Each is limited to 900 pieces.

New pages for the above models will be added as soon as time allows, however a 34th wedding anniversary dinner has to take priority tonight - so my wife tells me!!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Andrew Chan

KMB's newest bus, Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU303, registered on 23rd January, was noted in service today on route 960.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Meanwhile Citybus Enviro500 8188 is one of at least two buses carrying advertising for the Hong Kong Museum of History's exhibition 'Images Through Time : Photos of Old Hong Kong' which runs until 21st April 2014.
26th January 2014

 
I am reliably informed that the Kwoon Chung Bus liveried Tridents featured in yesterday's news update are in fact still owned and operated by Citybus.

   
A new page has been added for the Hong Kong Buses Yearbook 2014 from Northcord Transport. Unfortunately I have received no image or information from the publisher and am grateful to Dennis Law for providing a detailed list of the aticles contained within it. 
25th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Several of the former Citybus Dennis Tridents, now with Kwoon Chung Motors, were noted carrying out private hire duties today and further photographs have been added to a new page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
24th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hatteras Kwong

My thanks to Hatteras Kwong for sharing the above photograph of Stagecoach Leyland Olympian 13502 (C160 HBA), former KMB 3BL128, in school bus yellow livery, which has been converted by Dream Bus Model from the Cars Workshop model 38804 ......
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

and the real thing!!! (Thanks Donald)
23rd January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two 'Year of the Horse' decorated Enviro500 models. Citybus 8308 (80898) is on route 1 to Happy Valley (Upper) whilst New World First Bus 5539 (80899) is on route 682 to Siu Sai Wan. Each is limited to 1,088 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

Former Citybus 'Cityflyer' Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident 2159 appeared at the Bus Fan World bus rally yesterday in its new livery.
20th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kevin

Bus Fan World organised a bus rally in Tai Po today and my thanks to Kevin for sending me this excellent shot of a line-up of six Dennis single-deckers. From left to right:- KMB AN8 (FP4583) an Alexander  bodied Lance, an unidentified Carlyle bodied Dart, KMB AA48 (GS9019) a Northern Counties bodied Dart, Citybus 1483 (EX4327), a Carlyle bodied Dart, KMB AA8 (FN7282) a Duple Metsec bodied Dart and Park Island 202 (MW3648), a Plaxton bodied Dart. 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

4040, numerically the first of the 11.3metre batch of New World First Bus Enviro500NGs, was registered on 13th January along with 4048, which was noted in service earlier today.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Andrew Chan

Meanwhile, KMB continue to register their new 12-metre Enviro500NGs, with 12 being registered on 16/17th January. ATENU222 is pictured here leaving Mong Kok East Railway Station
19th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus Volvo Olympian 525 amongst the Chinese New Year decorations!
 

   
The latest edition of Buses magazine features an interesting interview with KMB's Transport Development Director, Mark Savelli.
18th January 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Chris Silkstone

Discovery Bay MAN NL273 DBAY71 has been repainted, most noticeable is the revised frontal appearance. Sister vehicle DBAY196 is pictured below in November 2010 with the former front end style.

   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

New World First Bus 'old' and 'new' - Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Condor DA72 (right) was registered on 30 January 1997 whilst ADL Enviro500NG 4042 (left) was registered on 31 December 2013. Interesting to note that this batch of new generation Enviro500s are the first to have cameras fitted.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com
 
17th January 2014

   
   
The above flyers give details of new Kowloon Motor Bus models that are set for release on 27th January. On the left gives details of the first release of the KMB Alexander Dennis Enviro500NG features ATENU70, which is pictured below, and in November was added to my model 'wish list'!  On the right are two versions of an 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon - further details are presently unknown.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

16th January 2014

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Kowloon Motor Bus has issued a number of 'Q' buses which are now available from all 80M Bus Model Shops. The above small images all have larger 'clickable' images.

 
May I again thank all of you who have sent me photographs of 'actual' buses recently - unfortunately it is impossible for me to publish each and every one, but I do try and post those relevant to the current  bus scene. I do still enjoy seeing the photographs, even if they are not posted.
15th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

With the arrival of the new Enviro500NGs, several Long Win vehicles have been repainted and transferred to the KMB fleet - Long Win 104 (HN1655), an Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident, is now KMB fleet no. ATR443.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

New buses have dominated recent news, but of course, to make way for these new arrivals, older buses are being withdrawn. This year will see the withdrawal of the Alexander bodied Scania N113s (AS class) along with a large number of the short Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons (ADS class). Pictured above is Scania AS5 (top) and Dennis Dragon ADS138, both of which have recently been withdrawn early following accident damage. My thanks to Bobby Liu for providing the above news and of course you can keep track of all new vehicles and imminent withdrawals at the Across website.
14th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Hong Kong Trams Station

Sun Hing Toys has just launched two new series of Hong Kong trams. The first features a 1:64 scale tram with pull back motor and sound effect function, in green, blue, red/white. The second is to a scale of 1:80, and again this features a pull back motor, again in green, blue, red/white. I hope to provide further details shortly.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Teo Wei Shen


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Mark Chua

SMRT Buses launched their new bus livery on several vehicles yesterday. So far, only the SMB-registered buses (OC500LE, Citaro & MAN NL323F) on routes 190, 700/700A and 960 have received the  new livery. The new livery is expected to be rolled out across the remainder of the fleet progressively, although it is unknown when the older TIBS registered buses will get a repaint. I am grateful to Mark Chua and Teo Wei Shen for providing this information and photos, more of which will be added shortly.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Badenwurttemburg

New Generation Enviro500s are becoming a common sight at the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus - on the left is 8355, a 12-metre example about to depart on route 77 to Tin Wan whilst 9116, an 11.3-metre example, has just arrived from South Horizons on route 99.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Paul Hawkins

Citybus Enviro500 8128 carries all-over advertising for the Bruce Lee : Kung Fu - Art Life exhibition currently being held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
13th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are the two Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Horse' models. Enviro500 ATE236 (39425) is on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin whilst Wights Gemini 2 AVBWU16 (DW10520) is on route 271 to Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road). Each is limited to 2,000 pieces. 


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alex Cheng

My thanks to Alex Cheng for allowing me to use his photograph of KMB's Enviro500 ATE236 in 'Year of the Horse' livery.
11th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

A brief update only today owing to a lack of time - my thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his excellent photographs of the New World First Bus and Citybus Year of the Horse buses, which clearly show the difference in colour schemes.
10th January 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Paul Hawkins

My thanks to Paul Hawkins, currently on holiday in  Hong Kong, for taking time out to send me this rear-end shot of the Citybus 'Year of the Horse' Enviro500.

   
The The Wall Street Journal (
Hong Kong on-line version) features an interesting article on bus photography in the city - just follow this link


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

Once again thanks to Watt Yung for this shot of New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500N, fleet no. 4045.
9th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

My thanks to Watt Yung for allowing me to use his photograph of the New World First Bus 'Year of the Horse' Enviro500. A larger photograph has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
7th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Citybus

Citybus and New World First Bus have today launched their Year of the Horse liveried buses. Both are Alexander Dennis Enviro500s, Citybus choosing 8308 (RV3831) whilst New World First Bus has chosen 5539 (PV6102). Both buses appear to carry identical decals, the Citybus example appears to have more of a red base colour whilst the NWFB example has more of an orange base colour.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of WH Bac

Citybus 9146 is one of the latest 11.3-metre Enviro500NGs to enter service.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

My thanks to Donald MacRae for sending me several photographs of sister vehicles to KMB 3BL138, the recently released model, and these have been added to the following pages, 38805 and 38806.
6th January 2014

   
As a result of problems experienced by my web hosting company, this site has been unavailable for most of today. Hopefully all is now back to normal.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

As reported below, New World First Bus has introduced several of its new Enviro500NGs into service and noted earlier today was 4042 on route 111. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
4th January 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use this nearside shot of Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Horse' Gemini 2. A new page has tonight been added tothe
Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Rowe

Go Ahead London have placed in service two BYD electric buses, EB1 and EB2, which are operating on route 507 between Waterloo and Victoria. My thanks to David Rowe for sending me the above photographs.
3rd January 2014

   

The above poster gives confirmation of the two Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Horse' models that are set to be released. Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL (AVBWU16) is on route 271 to Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road) whilst Enviro500 (ATE236) is on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin. No release dates are currently known.

 
Three New World First Bus 11.3 metre Enviro500NGs (4041-4043) were registered on 31st December and these entered service today.
2nd January 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Confirmation of yesterday's news  - released in Hong Kong today are these two Cars Workshop 12-metre Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympians. 3BL138 (DJ805) is the subject model - one version is on route 5 to Star Ferry (38805) whilst the other is on route 26 to Shun Tin (38806). Each is limited to 750 pieces and they retail for HK$348. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Noted undergoing tests in Shau Kei Wan earlier today was New World First Bus 4044, an 11.3-metre Enviro500NG. A new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

   
This site recorded a record number of visits in 2013, up more than 58,000 on 2012 and totalling 440,212 for the year.
1st January 2014
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