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Wishing you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year

     
   
   
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Paddy Cheong

Owing to the expansion of the MTR Island Line, today was the last day of Citybus route M47 and to mark the occasion the company allocated several special buses to the route, including 2700 (the 10.6m trident demonstrator), 2800 (the sole Vogren bodied Scania K94UB),  7000 (the first Enviro400 in the fleet), 7500 (the sole B9TL in the fleet at this moment) and 9042 (the Volvo Olympian acquired from CMB).
27th December 2014

   
New pages and photographs of the two recently released KMB Volvo Olympians have now been added - 3AV109 (DW11307) and and 3AV104 (DW11308). It appears that each model carries the other's fleet number!

 
A summary of the releases for 2014 are as follows:-
 
 Operator 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014  Manufacturer 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013  2014 
                 
 Big Bus 0 0 0 2 0 0  52 Bus 1 3 0 0 0 0
 China Motor Bus 3 0 1 0 2 8  80M Bus Model Shop 8 7 14 12 25 9
 Citybus 3 1 3 4 9 5  Best Choose 3 0 1 0 4 5
 Kowloon Motor Bus 15
26
37 32 45 47  Bus Factory 0 0 0 0 2 2
 Long Win 2 2 1 0 1 0  Buses Model 2 1 1 7 2 3
 MTR Bus 0 2 2 1 1 0  BusMe/T.680 0 0 0 2 0 0
 New World First Bus 5
1
2
3
6 2  Cars Workshop 6 14 21 14 13 25
 Chinese operators 2
9
0
0
2 0  Creative Master/Northcord 5 7 1 0 5 2
 Japanese operators 3
1
0
0
0 0  Drumwell 9 6 4 10 13 12
 Singapore operators 0
0
0 0 3 0  Model 1  0 0 0 0 4 2
 Others 2 1 1 3 2 2  Model Bus Evolution 0 0 0 0 1 0
 Venus Collectibles 1 5 5 0 2 0
   35
43
47 45 71 64    35 43 47 45 71 64

26th December 2014


       
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas




 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The two Kowlooon Motor Bus Volvo Olympians with route 100 'Cross Harbour Shuttle' decals are set for release tomorrow. Produced by Drumwell, 3AV109 (DW11307) (top) and 3AV104 (DW11308) are each limited to 800 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Benefitting from the green transport fund of the government, Dbay introduced its first two electric buses, supplied by GDEV. These new buses commenced revenue earning service yesterday and replace the Dennis Dart SLFs which entered service in 1997.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kevin Kei

The above 1/87 scale MTR train was made available to MTR staff last week. Produced by 80M Bus Model is is limited to 2,750 pieces. It looks to be an excellent model, with a sliding drivers door and detailed interior. My thanks to Kevin Kei for advising me of this issue and for the excellent photos. A new page will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site as soon as time allows.
23rd December 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Today saw the release of four new models from Best Choose. From left to right, they are :- Kowloon Motor Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon 3N123 (DJ9757) on route 89C to Hang On (180101), limited to 800 pieces, sister vehicle 3N126 (DJ9860) on route 1A to Star Ferry (180102), limited to 600 pieces, a Toyota Hiace departmental van for the Fire Department, (F839) and finally a Police Hiace (AM6583).
19th December 2014

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
   
Following yesterday's news I am grateful to regular contributor Keith Wood for sending me the above photograph of 3AV109 in Route 100 livery.
18th December 2014

   

Two further Kowloon Motor Bus releases are planned for Christmas Eve. Volvo Olympians 3AV104 (GP7748) and 3AV109 (GP8309) carry Route 100 Cross Harbour Shuttle decals. It is believed each will be limited to 800 pieces. 

   
My apologies to Kevin Wong for incorrectly crediting yesterday's photograph of the new Kowloon Motor Bus Yutong single-decker - this error has now been corrected.

17th December 2014

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kevin Wong
   
Whilst I reported the fact that Kowloon Motor Bus registered their Yutong ZK6128 single-decker on 27th November, this is the first photograph I've published showing the bus carrying its registration. It has been allocated fleet number AYT1. My thanks to Kevin Wong for allowing me to use his photograph.
16th December 2014

      
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this KMB 11 metre Leyland Olympian in Christmas livery. S3BL330 is on route 1 to Star Ferry and is produced by Buses Model Co., with a quantity of 1,200 pieces (BLK33001). A new page and further photographs are currently be added.
15th December 2014

         
As from tomorrow (13th December), the New World First Bus Rickshaw Bus service will be restructured. Route H2 will be cancelled and route H1 extended to Kowloon side. The price for a one-day pass increases from HK$50 to HK$200. It is believed the buses will carry a slightly revised livery, removing the old price and reference to route H2.

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 'The Inspector'
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 'The Inspector'

I don't apologise for featuring another new Australian bus, this being a Volgren bodied Volvo B9TL for Hills Bus. My thanks to 'The Inspector' for the above photographs.

12th December 2014

 
   
Set for release next Tuesday, 16th December, is this Christmas liveried Kowloon Motor Bus 11-metre Leyland Olympian.

   

A US spec Alexander Dennis Enviro500 is currently on trial in the South Korean city of Seoul, a city looking for a solution to its crowded buses. It is planned to be used on three inter-urban routes into Seoul station during December. It will operate route 7770 from the 8th -12th, route M6117 from 15th to 19th and finally route 8012 from 22nd to 26th.
 

Further details can be found at the following links:-

http://www.alexander-dennis.com/mobile/news-media/south-korea-bids-to-reach-new-heights-with-double-deck-transport-solution/

http://www.huffingtonpost.kr/2014/12/08/story_n_6285604.html (link no longer available - 6th November 2016)

10th December 2014

   
Movies link a couple of today's photographs.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Former Citybus Leyland Olympian no.330 was in as a prop in a movie, having had its roof removed and upper deck seating replaced. In addition it received a banner advert for SPD bank, thought to be one of the main sponsors of the movie. The bus is now parked at Stonecutters Island awaiting scrapping.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Warner Bros

My thanks to David Howlett for sending me the above screenshot taken from the Hollywood movie 'Contagion' (2011). It shows a disguised Shek O Bus Terminus masquerading as within Guangdong Province of mainland China.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

These two Scania K280UD demonstrators were noted today at the Scania dealership awaiting handover to Kowloon Motor Bus.
7th December 2014

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

The two Buses Model Co. China Motor Bus MCW Metrobuses were released in Hong Kong today. ML3 (top) is on route 112 to North Point (BMC03112), whilst ML11 is on route 105 to Lai Chi Kok (BMC11105).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

As reported yesterday, KMB has registered its third hybrid Enviro500, allocating it fleet no. ATH3.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Plaxtonl's Bus Page

Meanwhile Enviro500 ATENU300 has received this attractive Captain KMB livery, wishing everyone a 'Merry X'mas' and 'Happy New Year'.

   

Vehicle Model Studio are please to announce that they will hold the Bus Model Exhibition and Bus Model creative competition on Sunday 7th December. Details are:-
Date : Sunday 7th December 2014
Time : 1230 - 1830hrs
Venue : Sheung Wan Civic Centre 5/F
Charge : Free

Visitors are welcome to bring along their own models to share with fellow model bus fans.


Some visitors may have noticed the larger image sizes used on this current News page, which I aim to continue, unless I hear otherwise!

3rd December 2014

   
I have today been advised that the Vehicle Model Studio 2nd Anniversary model, China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DM28 (VND001/80904), will be released on Monday 8th December.
   


Citybus has registered its second hybrid Enviro500 (8400 - TB2893) whilst Kowloon Motor Bus has registered its third (ATH3 - TB5034).
2nd December 2014

 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
 
I have received an unconfirmed report that a further Captain KMB model is to be released, this featuring ATENU130 (SH1334).

   
Still no release date has been confirmed for the Buses Model Co MCW Metrobuses.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Transit Graphics

Whilst Australian buses fall outside of the scope of this site, I have in the past featured some more of their unusual vehicles in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site, and one such vehicle has recently been modelled by Australian company Transit Graphics.  OZBUS2004 is a Bustech CDi double decker operating for HillsBus whilst OZBUS20007 is operating for Forest Coachlines. Further details of the actual buses can be found at this page of the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.  Further models are planned. These models are 1/76 scale resin with diecast components.
1st December 2014
          
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