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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alexander Lo

Believed to have been released in the last week or so is this new generation tram from 80M (TT33701). Featuring tram no. 1 with a destination of Western Market (in Chinese), it is limited to 1,000 pieces. My thanks to Alexander Lo for providing photographs, more of which will be added when a new page is created tomorrow.
31st August 2014

 
Kowloon Motor Bus has registered their two 12.8 metre Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs, allocating them the classification 3AVBWU. 3AVBWU1 (SX2327) was registered yesterday and 3AVBWU2 (SX1716) today.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus 8064 is the latest Cityflyer liveried Enviro500NG seen here at the aiport earlier today. It was registered on 5th August.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Meanwhile 8006, now over a year old, carries Hong Kong Asia's World City livery, and again was noted at the airport earlier today.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright HK Mod

The above photographs show recently released Drumwell model DW11305 with banner adverts having being added and set in a superb hand built street scene.
27th August 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Pictured above are the two Drumwell models set for release tomorrow. The top image is DW11305 featuring 3AV55 (GN2841) on route 215X to Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) whilst DW11306 features 3AV56 (GN2984) on route 74X to Tai po Central. Each is limited to 900 pieces and new pages and further images will be added shortly - now added 26th August

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

My thanks to Donald MacRae for sending me the above photograph on 3AV55 taken in December 2011 and dispalying the same route number and destination as the model.
25th August 2014

 
 
Set for release on Tuesday in Hong Kong are these two 12-metre Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympians. Believed to be 3AV55 (GN2841) and 3AV56 (GN2984) they are are routes 215X and 74X., each being limited to 900 pieces.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

New World First Bus Enviro500 5500 has received this colourful all-over mooncake advertisement for Kee Wah Bakeries. 

24th August 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of S3N92

Kowloon Motor Bus put its first 12.8 metre bus into service today, with ADL Enviro500NG 3ATENU1 operating on route 73X.
22nd August 2014

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Andrew Shirley

Former New World First Bus/China Motor Bus Leyland Fleetline SF31 was also spotted at Lathalmond at the weekend, behind this fence and apperently in need of some attention.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Teo Wei Shen


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com

Following the arrival of the first ADL Enviro500s in July this year, SMRT introduced further similar buses on Monday, 18 August. The twelve new units (SMB 3504D - SMB 3515Y) have been allocated to five routes, na,ely 106, 190, 850E, 966 and 969.

My thanks to both Teo Wei Shen and Mark Chua Yong Xiang for providing this news and of course the photographs.


   
Meanwhile, the following report appears in Australian Bus and Coach:-

Australian bus builder Volgren has entered the Japanese bus market as the country seeks complementary alternatives to its heavily rail-based public transport system. In September, Volgren will ship its first articulated bus for the Japanese city of Niigata. The bus is the first in an initial order of four for the city, and another three buses will be delivered in 2015 with plans for more in the coming years.

This is the first time Volgren has built a bus for the Japanese market and follows an approach to the company three years ago, from new partner Mitsui - one of Japan’s largest corporations.
Volgren Contracts and National Business Development Manager Jon Tozer says they are very proud and excited that Niigata and Mitsui have put their trust in Volgren’s design, safety and manufacturing quality standards. "We also believe there is terrific potential for the future," he says. "Volgren has had several discussions with a number of other cities in Japan, with the prospect of further sales looking very favourable."

The 26 tonne articulated buses for Niigata will use Volgren’s clean and modern bodies and the unparalleled Co-bolt aluminium frame and will be 18 metres long by 2.5 metres wide and 3.8 metres high.
Japanese public transport is heavily rail-based at the moment, but more and more governments there are looking at Bus Rapid Transit as an option.


My thanks once again to Stephen Cho for providing links to the above news.
21st August 2014

 
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80M Bus Model Shop

Photographs of the 'Hong Kong Asia's World City' liveried KMB Scania K310UD (DW10806), set for release tomorrow, have been received today and these have now been added to a new page. ASU5 is on route 104 to Kennedy Town and it is limited to 1,200 pieces.
18th August 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

My thanks to Donald MacRae for responding to my appeal for photographs of the recently released Dennis Dragon from Bus Factory (10314). A new page and further photographs will be added in a planned update for later today. NOW ADDED


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Set for release on Tuesday in Hong Kong is this 'Hong Kong Asia's World City' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Scania K310UD, ASU5.

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

My thanks to Keith Wood for sending me the above photographs of former China Motor Bus Leyland Victory LV36, taken today at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum's open weekend. Larger 'clickable' images are available for both.


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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus Enviro400 7017 has received this special 'Fairy Bus' livery. The official press release for this event can be found on the NWS Holdings website, just follow this link.

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus Enviro400 7007 has recently received this 'Hong Kong Asia's World City' livery - but I am not aware of any plans for a model - yet!
 
Just a reminder, larger images 'sit' behind most of the above photographs.
   

 
General bus news completes todays news update:-
Kowloon Motor Bus has registered further new buses - ATENU326 is the latest ADL Enviro500NG and AVBWU333 the latest Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL
The latest Citybus vehicles registered are 8064, a Cityflyer livered Enviro500NG and 8443, a standard liveried Enviro500NG
LongWin registered Enviro500NG 9539 yesterday
16th August 2014

   
I'm still attempting to catch up with the latest news, so please accept my apologies if you have e-mailed me with news that has yet to be published.
 

Two recently published books are pictured above - on the left is the latest in the 'Fleet Directory of Hong Kong Buses' whilst on the right is Northcord Transport's 'Leyland Double-Deck Buses in Singapore'.

 
My thanks to Peter Harrison for pointing out that Bus Factory has recently released a further version of it's 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon (10314), this time featuring S3N17 (DM6804) on route 86 to Mei Foo. This is limited to 388 pieces. This is a non-licensed product and therefore carries no KMB decals. If anyone is able to provide photographs, these would be most welcome.

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

My thanks to Stephen Cho for sending me several photographs of this 9.6m Long Enviro200, recently purchased by Shoal Bus, New South Wales, Australia, and also for providing the following report.

Currently this is one of the three Enviro200 bodied and running in the country (one of them was bodied with a Northcoast designed body), and it was completed and delivered after Custom Coaches went into Administration. The bus is badged as Custom bus. Larger images are available by clicking on the above images.

14th August 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong during my holiday were these two Kowloon Motor Bus models from Cars Workshop.

The first (39424) features Alexander Dennis Enviro500 ATEU5 (NX3426) in 80th Anniversary livery and is a further release of 39423, albeit this version is on route 2 to Star Ferry. It is limited to 888 pieces and was released on 7th August.

The second (38403) features Metal Sections bodied Daimler E D381 (A7287) in 1970's livery. It is on route 111 to Ping Shek was released on 9th August, with a quantity of 1,500 pieces..

New pages and further photographs for both will be added shortly.
13th August 2014

I am now on holiday for just over a week, so there will be no updates during this period. Please do continue to send me your photographs and news, ready for my return.

.... but news just in is the release, on 9th August, of this Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler E
   


3rd August 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Pictured above is the newest franchised bus in Hong Kong - Citybus Enviro500NG 8436 (SW271) was registered yesterday along with 8437 (SV9156).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Meanwhile Kowloon Motor Bus has just two Scania N113s left in service, AS17 pictured today operating on route 86, and AS21. Both are set to retire next month.
2nd August 2014
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