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The final 80th Anniversary liveried Kowloon Motor Bus model is set for release on Friday, 3rd October. It features Scania/Caetano ASU19 on route 2 to Star Ferry.
30th September 2014

 
I would like to offer my support to everyone in Hong Kong seeking democracy.
     
   
29th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ying Hang Tin

My thanks to Ying Hang Tin for allowing me to use his photograph of KMB's new Scania K280UD, seen here on a road test today. A new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

Thanks to regular contributor Keith Wood, here is another shot of China Motor Bus Duple Metsec bodied Leyland Victory Mk2, LV166. A larger image has now been added to the model pages, (B147603) and (B147604).
26th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
    
The third captain KMB decorated Enviro500NG, which had been scheduled to be released with the other two models back on 16th September, was released today (94405).
   

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Slash Chan

Despite KMB registering its sole MCV bodied VDL DB300, it remains 'under test' and was spotted last night on the top floor of KMB's Kowloon Bay Depot.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com
 
SBS 8000Z, one of the two Sunlong Hybrid buses that SBS Transit took in for trial has been sold to Republic Express. The bus is photographed here on its current deployment as a shuttle bus for Police Coast Guard - Harbourfront route. The fate of the second unit SBS8001X is unknown.
25th September 2014

   
Kowloon Motor Bus registered its MCV bodied two-axle VDL DB300 today, allocating it the fleet number AMC1 (SY4050).
22nd September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of John Prentice

My thanks to John Prentice for allowing mo to publish his review of the recently released 7th generation tram from 80M (TT33701), along with a couple of photos. This has just been added - just follow the link.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

My thanks also to regular contributor Donald MacRae, who has come up trumps yet again with a photograph of China Motor Bus LV166 on route 109 to Ho Man Tin, that carried by one of the models of LV166 released yesterday.
20th September 2014

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are these two versions of China Motor Bus Metsec bodied Leyland Victory Mk 2 LV166. Produced by Best Choose, one is on route 72 to Causeway Bay (B147603) and the other is on cross harbour route 109 to Ho Man Tin (B147604). Each is believed to be limited to 600 pieces. My thanks to Concorde Hobby Shop for alllowing the use of their photographs. New pages will be added shortly.
19th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tom Chen
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bac

Spotted yesterday (top photo) in Hong Kong was the rather insipid liveried  New World First Bus hybrid ADL Enviro500. My thanks to Tom Chen for allowing me to share this. It was also noted in and around Chai Wan today (lower photo) - thanks to Bac.
18th September 2014

94403 - ATENU150 94404 - ATENU143 94405 - ATENU137

Whilst the release of the above three Kowloon Motor Bus models was expected today, there appears to be some problem, either with supply or the fact demand has outstripped supply, as the 80M Bus Model Shop website is listing 94403 and 94404 as being only available to overseas customers and 94405 listed as 'temporary stop'. In the meantime, new pages have been created for each.
 
If anyone can provide any further information on these models, this would be most welcome.

Further update - it appears both 94403 and 94404 were in fact released today, but it is believed that owing to a production problem with 94405, its release has been delayed.
16th September 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of PZ 8904

Photograph courtesy and copyright of S3N92

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Gary Chow

Kowloon Motor Bus officially unveiled its first hybrid bus today, the ADL Enviro500 which arrived in Hong Kong on 5th September. My special thanks to PZ 8904, Gary Chow and S3N92 for allowing me to use their photographs of the event, more of which have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
13th September 2014

      

The Buses Model Co. Facebook page confirms that its new casting will be that of an MCW Metrobus. No further details are known.

   

Kowloon Motor Bus are to release three ADL Enviro500NGs on Tuesday, 16th September, each being limited to 800 pieces.

 
 
and finally for today, two more releases, these being from Best Choose and featuring their Duple Metsec bodied Leyland Victory Mk 2.
12th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Overground Publishing

My thanks to Overground Publishing for allowing me to use their photograph of this Scania K280UD with Euro VI engine. This is believed to be either former Scania prototype ASU1 or ASU2, which first entered service back in 2006 & 2007, but were withdrawn in 2012 and returned to Scania. The updated bodywork is more pleasing to the eye than the original Salvador Caetano, altough I'm not sure about the extensive use of black! 

   
   
   
   
The pixelated image on the Buses Model Co. Facebook page is becoming a little clearer each day, and reducing the size of the image makes it appear a little clearer!

11th September 2014

 
   
The Buses Model Co. Facebook page promises !
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 312 Model

312 Model have announced they are to release no less than four Kowloon Motor Bus rebodied Albion Viking EVK55CLs. They are, from left to right, L304 (BM244) on route 61 to Tuen Mun Town Centre,  L308 (BM248) on route 64K to Tai Po Railway Station, L308 (BM308) on route 51 to Kam Tin and L300 (BL5042) on route 34 to Tsuen Wan West - Kwai Shing Circular. No other details are currently known.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HK Buses

Citybus continue to place into service its new ADL Enviro500NGs, with 8453 being registered on 29th August 2014.
10th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

To improve the standard of service of public transport in the northern New Territories and to relieve pressure on the MTR, Kowloon Motor Bus has introduced two new morning peak express services, T270 and T277, operating from Sheung Shui to Kowloon Railway Station and Lam Tin respecitively. To promote these services, KMB has applied banner aderts to at least two Alexander Dennis Enviro500NGs, one of which is ATENU311, seen today operating route 270A.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Michael Woods

One model which was overlooked at the time of its release, in March 2013, is this plain white Alexander Dennis Enviro500 from 80M Bus Model Shop (39404A). Thanks to Michael Woods for providing details and photographs.
 7th September 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Citybus Enviro500NG 8011 has received this attractive all-over advertisement for Heineken.

 
The Kowloon Motor Bus 'hBus' (see News 1st September) has tonight arrived in Hong Kong.
5th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Andy Higgins

My thanks to Andy Higgins for providing a photograph of recently modelled tram no. 1 (TT33701) and tram no. 114 (TT33667) in all-over advertising for Po Sum On.
4th September 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alexander Lo

A new page has now been added for the new 7th generation (TT33701) featured in yesterdays news,

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Kowloon Motor Bus

Kowloon Motor Bus has today issued a press release giving details of Hong Kong's first 'sixth-generation' double-deck bus. Known by the company as the 'hBus', it is due to arrive in Hong Kong this week, with two further examples following later in the year. The full press release can be found here.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Park Island took delivery of it second Gemilang bodied MAN NL323 on 14th August. Its registration number KZ1269 was first seen on the first Designline Olympus hybrid and then transferred to a
MAN coach with Asia Auto bodywork.

1st September 2014
 
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