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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Former Citybus Volvo Olympian 633 is the latest in the batch transferred to New World First Bus to appear in its new guise and numbered VA71. Unlike the previous three, it retains its Chow Tai Fook rear advertising.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New buses for Kowloon Motor Bus were noted today stored near Mei Foo.  
30th March 2014

    
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Factory

Set for release in April is this 11-metre Dennis Dragon from Bus Factory (10319). Featuring S3N176 (DW7419) on route 66 to Tai Hang and will be limited to 388 pieces.

   
After a lapse of almost two months, registration of new Enviro500NGs for Kowloon Motor Bus has resumed in earnest with no less that twelve examples being registered on Monday (24th). 
26th March 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

The newest Citybus vehicle is 12-metre Enviro500NG 8380, registered on Friday 21st and noted today at the bus park near Central's Macau Ferry Bus Terminus.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bac Wai Hung

Former Citybus Volvo Olympian 631, now numbered VA68, was noted operating on route 590 today.
23rd March 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

The second of ten former Citybus Volvo Olympians now with New World First Bus, has appeared in its new colours. VA69, former Citybus 629, was spotted on route 904 yesterday. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith McGillivray

My thanks to Keith McGillivray for advising me (and allowing me to use his photo) of this Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5TL demonstrator in Lothian Buses colours. The glass panels on the staircase may have an impact on banner advertisements! Further details can be found by following this link.
22nd March 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

My thanks to Philip Chan for providing the above front and rear day shots of New World First Bus Volvo Olympian VA67 in driver recruitment advertising.

   
   
Now available from Independent Transport Videos are these three Hong Kong DVDs. Just follow the link for further details.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Hong Kong Tramways has decorated tram no. 169 in its special 110th anniversary livery.
16th March 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Yesterday saw the end of an era of sorts in Hong Kong, with the last step entry franchised route single-deck bus being parked up with licence and Octopus equipment removed. This was KMB's Dennis Dart AA48 which featured at the recent HK bus rally and has most recently been a spare bus at Kowloon Bay depot. AA48 as first licensed 15th March 1996 and worked a full turn on route 211 yesterday before being parked up. My thanks to Donald MacRae for providing this report. The top photograph was taken at Sheung Shui in April 2011 and the bottom in Kam Tin in November 2009.
15th March 2014

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

My thanks to Dennis Law for providing the above photographs of New World First Bus VA67.
14th March 2014

   
Following on from yesterdays news, New World First Bus VA67 (ex-Citybus 621) was noted in service today carrying its new colours/advertising.
13th March 2014

 
It has been reported that ten Citybus 12-metre Volvo Olympians are to be transferred to the New World First Bus fleet. These are believed to be 621, 622, 623, 624, 626, 637, 629, 631, 633 and 634. The buses will be renumbered VA67 to VA76 and will carry CTB/NWFB driver recruitment advertisements instead of being fully repainted into full NWFB livery.
12th March 2014





Congratulations to Steph and Jon on the birth today of Sophie Rose,
our first granddaughter.









   

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80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this New World First Bus Enviro500 in Hong Kong - Asia's World City colours (80815/20042). Fleet no. 5505 is on route 112 to So Uk and is limited to 1,500 pieces.
9th March 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

It is reported that there will be two Citybus 11-metre Leyland Olympian models released in April and May respecively. One is fleet no. 179 and the other is fleet no. 171 in standard livery. It is believed these models have been commissioned by the Hong Kong Transport Society.
8th March 2014

   
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80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are these two 12-metre Dennis Dragons. Produced by Cars Workshop, 3N151 (92612) is on route 42 to Cheung Ching whilst 3N187 (92613) is on route 101 to Kennedy Town. Each is limited to 800 pieces.

   
It is reported that SMRT Buses have ordered 103 Enviro500 double decker buses, with chassis from the UK and bodywork assembled in Malaysia.
7th March 2014

   
Wrightbus has received an order for 51 tri-axle double-deck buses built on Volvo Euro 5 chassis from Citybus and New World First Bus. This new order also marks a new partnership between Wrightbus International and Masdef in Malaysia. Masdef (an abbreviation of Master-Defence) is one of the leading bus building companys in Malaysia which supplies buses to major interstate coach operators, government bodies, educational institutions and Rapid Bus citybuses.

20 are destined for New World First Bus and 30 for Citybus, with one 12.8m evaluation bus for Citybus. All will feature Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork and assembly is expected in mid 2014 with delivery by January 2015.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The pair of Chinese University Hong Kong (CUHK) Wuzhoulong FDG6102EVG started their service life today with their maiden trip on shuttle service 2 between University Station and United College.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

A new Gemilang bodied MAN NL323 for Park Island Transport has recently been delivered and was observed at the dealership today.  It is believed at least two buses have been acquired and are expected 
to enter service by the end of April.
5th March 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kwok Leung Lo

Following on from yesterday's news - thanks to Kwok Leung Lo.
4th March 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his photograph of two former Citybus Duple Metsec Dennis Tridents now in the colours of New Lantao Bus. Another model possibility?.

   
Photographs of an ADL Enviro200 in Discovery Bay colours has appeared on a social media site. It is believed this is one of five similar buses on order. That of an ADL Enviro500NG, again in Discovery Bay colours, is believed to be a very good 'photo-edited' image!
3rd March 2014

     

Set for release on Friday 7th March are these two 12-metre Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons. One is on route 42 to Cheung Ching and the other is on route 101 to Kennedy Town. Fleet numbers are not yet known but quantities are limited to 800 pieces for each.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New World First Bus open-top Dennis Condor DA66, pictured today at the Central Ferry Piers, is set to retire on 11th March.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

A line-up of current Citybus bus types, from left to right :- 2700 a 10.6 metre Duple Metsec Dennis Trident; 991 an 11 metre Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian; 693 and 605, 12 metre Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians; 8162 a 12 metre ADL Enviro500 and 8358 a 12 metre ADL Enviro500NG.

   
 
A new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site for OverGround Publishing's 'Hong Kong Bus Review 2013'
2nd March 2014

   
   
The cover of Buses magazine 40 years ago this month features China Motor Bus former Southdown Leyland Titan PD3/4 PD52 - and at 22 pence!!

   
Metroline 'Borismaster' LT3 left Singapore yesterday after its display stint - its next destination is unknown - London?
1st March 2014
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