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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Citybus's 12.8 metre Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL was noted at the To Kwa Wan Examination Centre today. It is believed that the bus will undergo its tilt test in the next week or so. A new page and further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. My thanks to regular contributor Dennis Law for this information and photographs.

   
One of the first buses to be registered with a 'T' registration is believed to be Kowloon Motor Bus hybrid ADL Enviro500, registered TA2344 and allocated a fleet number of ATH1.
29th October 2014

   
I am reliably informed that Kowloon Motor Bus will decorate three of its vehicles for the Year of the Goat, these being a 12-metre Volvo Olympian, an ATEU class Enviro500 and an ATE class Enviro500, this being in a plain gold livery.


 
A new double-decker bus service will return to Adelaide in November, running between the airport and the city, the first time double-deckers have been used in Adelaide since trolleybuses ceased operating  in 1958. The State Government is leasing the buses on a six-month trial basis, mainly to cater for overseas and interstate visitors. The new double-decker is being branded as JetExpress service, to compliment current JetBus services.
28th October 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
     
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Preserved former China Motor Bus/New World First Bus Leyland Victory, LV30, participated in an event, "Festival HK", held at Victoria Park today. It was as an exhibit together with some classic UK cars to inform people about the history of Hong Kong transport circa 60s - 70s.
26th October 2014

 
Drawing courtesy and copyright of Adrian Chiu

I am grateful to Adrian Chiu for allowing me to share his superb drawing of Citybus Enviro500 no. 8328 - quite amazing don't you think?


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Keith McGillivray

Artistic licence has been used to create the above image of a tri-axle 'Borismaster' in the latest SMRT livery!  Thanks this time to Keith McGillivray for allowing me to use this image, and further 'what might be' images can be found on Keith's Flickr site, just follow the link.


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

And finally (I think!) thanks to Mark Chua for sharing this photograph of SMRT Enviro500, SMB5003U, being the first Enviro500 in SMRT's fleet to get an advertisement - this being an in-house SMRT Media 10th birthday in a striking pink themed design.
25th October 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

This Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler E with diarama, the street name reads Ngau Tau Kok Road, is set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow. Produced by Cars Workshop (38404), it features D385 (AD7291) on route 101 to Kwun Tong and it is limited to 1,200 pieces. 
20th October 2014

    
A new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section for the new SMRT MAN/Gemilang demonstrator mentioned in yesterday's news.

19th October 2014

 

Set for release on Tuesday is this Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler E, which comes with a diorama.



Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Jotus.com

Basking in the sunshine yesterday at Ap Lei Estate Chau Bus Terminus is Citybus ADL Enviro500NG 8460, having been registered just two days earlier.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

And spotted today heading to Star Ferry is AVBWU351, one of twenty Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs registered by KMB over the three days 6th-8th October.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

KMB's VDL DB300 is currently operating Eastern Cross Harbour route 606, which is a route usually associated with two-axle vehicles.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com
 
 
SMB5888H, the MAN double-deck demonstrator made its training run on 16th October with the bus captains familkiarising themselves.
The bus is bodied by Gemilang and is sold under the Lion's City double-deck branding, though the chassis in the vehicle registry indicates it to be an A95. The signage is unknown though it looks to be Mobitec, but it remains to be confirmed.

According to a post from SMRT, 

"
Hi everyone, We received a number of queries from bus spotters who asked about a new double-deck bus at one of our depots.

We confirm that SMRT Buses will put on trial one new MAN double-deck bus at the manufacturer's request. The trial will last a year. This is part of our ongoing effort to test new bus models. Our commuters have welcomed the addition of double-deckers to our growing fleet of buses to meet increased demand.
"

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing the above report.

18th October 2014


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Another surprise release in Hong Kong today is this Kowloon Motor Bus air-conditioned Dennis Dragon (80900). Produced by 80M, it features AD1, the first of a batch of 360 such vehicles to enter service between 1990 and 1997. It is on route 6 to Mei Foo and is limited to 1,500 pieces. A new page and further photographs will be added shortly.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

This Roadshow 1/64 scale Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL, with a pull-back motor, is set for release shortly. The detail and livery application looks to be very impressive and the model is limited to just 500 pieces.
14th October 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The newest bus in the Citybus fleet is ADL Enviro500NG 8459, registered on 3rd October.
12th October 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Two surprise releases in Hong Kong today are these China Motor Bus Dennis Condors from 80M. DM22 (ES2859) is on route 23 to Pokfield Road (80902) whilst DM7 (ER3652) is on route 780 to Siu Sai Wan (80903). Both are limited to 600 pieces. 
11th October 2014

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis

Automodel, a new name in the model bus market, has announced it will release six new resin models of various KMB liveried Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Darts. The first, featuring AA29 (GE7471) on route 51 to Kam Tin has been released this week, with the remaining five due shortly. It is believed each is limited to just 50 pieces. Details of the models are:-

AA29 (GE7471) - 51 Kam Tin
AA34  (GF1742) - 34
AA29  (GE7471) - 208
AA34 (GF1742) - 77K
AA23 (GD3852) - 99
AA34 (GF1742) - 249M
 
It has also announced it plans to release a Northern Counties version in New Hong Kong Bus Company colours, the photograph showing HB6061, a 1997 example.


 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Keith Shum

With the current protests having an effect on transportation in Hong Kong, Citybus vehicles are now displaying just route numbers where the normal final destination is not achievable. ADL Enviro500 8256 shows such an example.
4th October 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
DreamBus Model

DreamBus Model continue to produce some superb hand made conversions, the latest being this Berkhop bodied MAN 24.310 in the livery of New Lantao Bus. Take a look either at their Facebook page or their fotop page for some other stunning models.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Pietro Yeung

My thanks to Pietro Yeung for allowing me to use a couple of his photographs, taken earlier today, of KMB's MCV bodied VDL DB300, which entered service today. 
3rd October 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
   
Due for release tomorrow in Hong Kong is the final Kowloon Motor Bus 80th Anniversary model featuring Scania Caetano ASU19 on route 2 to Star Ferry (DW10807). It is limited to 888 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tom Chen
 
My thanks to Tom Chen for allowing me to share his photograph of the Citybus 12.8 metre Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

On the subject of KMB Scanias, a recent release in 1/64 scale is this version - previous releases I believe carried coloured liveries with a Scania decal. My grandson will enjoy the pull-back motor!
 
2nd October 2014
    
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