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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Man Fai Wong

More new buses, and a slightly revised livery for New World First Bus - 11.3 metre Wrights bodied Volvo B9TLs.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Atenviro

No apologies for posting further photographs of these latest arrivals.
31st January 2015

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his excellent photographs of the Citybus and New World First Bus Year of the Goat Enviro500s.

   
Following on from yesterday's news, I can confirm that Citybus have 16 Youngman single-deckers on order.
30th January 2015

   
Another day of sad news as former Citybus AEC Routemaster 2 (ES4007), i.e. former RM1873, has been destroyed by fire together with ex-Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon S3N332 (FZ8028) during a fire in Kam Tin. It is believed that ex-KMB 3N4 (DA6422), which is also under private preservation, has also suffered fire damage to the rear of the bus.

 
Photographs of a New World First Bus and a Citybus liveried Youngman single-decker have today appeared on a popular social media site. Any further information on these new vehicles would be most welcome.
29th January 2015

   
Details of the two Kowloon Motor Bus models with Year of the Goat decals have been announced, although no release dates are currently known. Enviro500 ATEU33 (39427) is on route 81 and Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU317 (94701) is on route 968. Quantities for each will be 2,000 pieces. Interestingly the latter will be a Cars Workshop product.

   
New World First Bus Enviro500 5568 was noted in service tonight carrying Year of the Goat livery.

28th January 2015

   
Images of models featuring both Citybus and New World First Bus Year of the Goat decals have appeared on a social network site. Both feature ADL Enviro500s, the Citybus model features 8268 (RR6530) on route 118 whilst the New World First Bus model features 5568 (RY5083) on route 720. It is believed each is limited to 1,088 pieces and the release date is 6 February.
27th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

A surprise release today in Hong Kong is this plain white ADL Enviro500NG (94503A), which is limited to 600 pieces.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

The Citybus livery, without adverts and freshly painted, remains one of my favourite liveries. The company continues to register its new Enviro500NGs and 8472 is seen here operating cross harbour route 102 on 21 January, a day after being registered. Visible is this shot is the larger nearside destination equipment.
23rd January 2015

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Two Dennis Tridents have been the subject of separate fires over the past two days. New World First Bus 1047 suffered what is believed to be minor damage yesterday (21st) when it suffered an engine fire in Central whilst on route 722. Kowloon Motor Bus ATR98 was not so lucky when operating route 42C tonight on Lung Cheung Road. The prompt action of the bus captain ensured there were no injuries, but little could be done to prevent the total loss of the bus.

Apple Daily News has a feature on this incident - just follow this link.

My thanks to Dennis Law, Bobby Liu and Jotus.com for providing details of these incidents.

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

The first of the 40 units of MAN NG363F bendy buses bodied by Gemilang and marketed as "Lion's City GL" have been delivered to SMRT and have been painted with the new pixels livery in house by SMRT's Woodlands Depot. No registration sequence have been seen yet, and the specifications differ from the demonstrator - the use of Denso instead of Spheros aircon system on the demo and updated exterior specifications in line with the latest batch of MAN rigid buses . They are expected to enter service soon.

My thanks to Mark Chua for providing this update, and of course the excellent photographs.
22nd January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

This Cars Workshop Captain KMB 2015 liveried ADL Enviro500NG is set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow (94505). A new page and further photographs have now been added.

   

Pictured above is the first of the 2015 Yearbooks, this being by Danny Chan and published by Northcord Transport. Hopefully further details will follow.
19th January 2015

   
Interestingly, a photograph of a Best Choose Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon (3N112 - DJ8292) has appeared in all-over advertising for Marlboro. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

MTR Bus Dennis Trident 749 has been decorated with an all-over advert for 'Happy CNRide' organised by The Link. This is the is first all-over advertisements on an MTR Bus for many years. 
 
18th January 2015

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

As at today, New World First Bus 5586 is Hong Kong's newest bus, having been registered yesterday. It was spotted at Sheung Wan today.

16th January 2015

 

Set for release on Tuesday of next week is this Captain KMB liveried Enviro500NG. ATENU300 (ST8444) is on route 681 to Ma On Shan Town Centre although alternate route number/destinations are included for routes 287X, 249X and 87D,. The quantity is limited to 800 pieces.
15th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Williams

My thanks to Tim Williams for informing me of the introduction into service today of a second double decker in Adelaide, a Scania K320UD/Gemilang with Adelaide Metro – this bus is running on an express service between the City the Adelaide Hills (Mount Barker) via the South Eastern Freeway, route T840. On this route there is a long hill climb and some fast freeway running.  

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith L McGillivray

Thanks also to Keith McGilvray for allowing me to use his digitally edited image of what might be - A Citybus Gemini 3.
12th January 2015


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Steve's World of Trams

The above shots are courtesy of 'Steve's World of Trams' and a link to this excellent website has tonight been added - well worth a look!
11th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Automodel are to release what is believed to be a resin model of a Kowloon Motor Bus Northern Counties bodied Dennis Dart. The first version will be on route 77K. Further details will follow when known.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Also planned is a similar bodied example for the New Hong Kong Bus company, pictures of which appear on the Automodel Facebook page.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ken Hui

The newest Citybus vehicle in the fleet is 8470 registered yesterday and noted operating on route 102 today.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

Meanwhile Citybus has registered 8507, which has additional luggage rack and a seating arrangement of 59/27 + 46. Note both these latest vehicles have full desination equipment on the nearside rather than just the route number box.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu and Donald MacRae

Three comparison shots taken at Shau Kei Wan bus terminus - the top photograph being taken in October 1995, that in the middle was taken in 2000 whilst the bottom photograph, taken today, shows the changing face of the Trident.

My thanks to both Bobby Liu and Donald MacRae

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kowloon Motor Bus

Today saw the Tsing Sha Highway Interchange commence operations, bringing a more comprehensive bus network to Sha Tin. Passengers travelling from Sha Tin, Ma On Shan, Tai Po and Sheung Shui to Jordan, Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po and Kwai Tsing can make use of the interchange service of nine bus routes, including whole-day services and morning and evening peak services, starting from 10 January or the following Monday. Passengers can also enjoy various interchange discount combinations to reach their chosen destinations. KMB has decorated short Duple Metsec bodied Trident ATS12.
10th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Further new vehicles for Kowloon Motor Bus have taken the number of new generation Enviro500s to over 400 - ATENU401 was noted in service today, having been registered yesterday.
8th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Anthony's Bus Homepage

The first 12-metre ADL Enviro500NG for New World First Bus, fleet no. 5583, was registered yesterday and was noted in service today. My thanks to Anthony's Bus Hompage for allowing me to share the above photograph.
6th January 2015

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

As reported yesterday, the second KMB bus to receive Year of the Goat decals is ATEU33, and I am grateful to Dennis Law for sending me the above photograph.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Anthony Sham

My thanks to Anthony Sham for allowing me to use his photograph of KMB Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B10TL AVBWU381, which was registered on 31st December. KMB registered a further 10 buses today.
5th January 2015

   
Photographs courtesy of Jotus.com

Not previously recorded are these two 1/76 scale public light buses from Best Choose. LG5478 (top) has a destination of Kennedy Town (147605) whilst GV2643 has a destination of Tai Kok Tsui (147606). Neither have limited edition certificates.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu


Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro500NG ATENU369 was registered on 29th December and was noted today operating route 284.

It is believed that the second KMB bus to receive 'Year of the Goat' decals is ADL Enviro500 ATEU33 (PZ8988). I am assuming that both this and the Gemini 2 bodied Volvo (see below) were selected to receive this livery owing to their registration numbers!
 
4th January 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

The first 'Year of the Goat' decorated bus has been unveiled in the form of Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU317 (SR8808). My thanks to Hong Choi foa llowing me to share his photographs.

 
Kowloon Motor Bus registered 25 new buses between 29th-31st December, 7 Gemini bodied Volvos and 25 ADL Enviro500s, the highest fleet numbers being xxxx382 for both types.
1st January 2015

            
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