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Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com

SBS Transit will soon be receiving a Volvo B5RH hybrid bus bodied by Volgren (CR228L type body) and it has been registered as SBS8002T, seen above on its test run without livery but with SBS plate.  The existence of this bus was revealed way earlier in September 2014 via this "Road Traffic Act (CHAPTER 276) Road Traffic (Volvo Diesel Hybrid Bus Trial) (Exemption) Order 2014"

It's the first flip dot signage equipped Volgren bodied bus to enter service since the introduction of wheelchair accessible buses using orange LED signage in Singapore. It was originally wheelchair accessible though the ramp was removed for reasons explained below. The interior as of now is to Australian operator specs and may change. This unit was also displayed at the Australian Bus & Coach Show 2013 according to information.

According to this statute, this bus is "used by SBST or Volvo during the conduct of the Volvo Diesel Hybrid Bus Trial for the purposes of testing and developing the use of diesel hybrid technology in omnibus operations" between 15 September 2014 to 14 September 2015 (both dates inclusive). However the bus was registered on 17th Feb 2015, and has still not entered service as of yesterday.

This bus is only allowed to run on SBST bus service 143, 143A, 174, 174e, 185, 334 or 506 and the wheelchair ramp from the original specifications was removed. This is due to "where the DHB is used to provide any of the specified bus services, it is used as such only in place of an omnibus which is not constructed or adapted to provide access to wheelchair users".

It is possible that this bus will not stay with SBS Transit further than the trial period.

My thanks, as always, to Mark Chua for this detailed update.
27th February 2015

   
   
Further to the announcement below about a new flash drive from VMS (Vehicle Model Studio), I have today received the above sample. The 16GB drive takes the form of a Citybus Enviro500NG. It comes in an attractive silver presentation tin which has a perspex panel, showing off the drive, which sits in a foam insert, giving it perfect protection. The two lower photographs give a comparison in size with a 1/76 scale example (which is not included!). The drive retails for HK$100 and is available from VMS (Vehicle Model Studio). The postage cost to the UK for my sample totalled HK$30.10, recorded delivery. For those who don't have access to Facebook but are interested in acquiring one, please e-mail me and I can provide an e-mail contact.

  
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Pictured above are two of four forthcoming Australian resin model releases from Transit Graphics. All feature natural gas powered Mercedes-Benz Citaro 0405NH. The first pair are in the colours of State Transit, OZBUS7100A representing fleet no. 2000 on route 500 to Ryde (top photograph) whilst the second, OZBUS7100B represents fleet no. 1254 on route 441 to Birchgrove via Anzac Bridge. The second pair are in the colours of NSW Transport and both feature fleet no. 1213. OZBUS7101A is on route 310 to Eastgardens via Botany Rd (bottom photograph) whilst OZBUS7101B is on route 4 to Sydney Olympic Park. Each version will be limited to 100 pieces. Pre-orders are currently being taken by Jotus.com.
26th February 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

Kowloon Motor Bus has applied a dedicated series of banner ads to AD336 (HC1507) to commemorate the scheduled retirement of their AD-class Dennis Dragons in March. My thanks to Dennis Law foer providing both this news and the photographs.
25th February 2015

       
 
VMS Vehicle have produced this rather eye-catching flash drive, which has a capacity of 16GB and retails for HK$100.  I hope to add further details shortly.

  
Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Rowe

Two further 1/76 model releases from Best Choose are these Police and Fire Toyota Hiaces.

  
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

NHKB ordered a further five MAN NL323F with Malaysian Gemilang bodywork as a replacement of its remaining MAN NL263 commissioned in 2002.

The first of the order was delivered in November last year and it was only in mid January that the first two entered service, these being fleet nos. 6 (TD5321) and 7 (TD5502), the latter noted at Lok Ma Chau on Sunday. It should be mentioned that this batch of NL323 are fitted with day lights whilst the five that entered service in 2013 did not.
The New Hong Kong Bus page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has also been updated.
24th February 2015

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

 
Souter Investments, the global public transport company owned by Scottish transport entrepreneur Brian Souter, is investing NZ$12 million in 15 new double-decker buses from Auckland, New Zealand.

The double-decker buses are to be used on one of the City's most congested routes, the east Auckland corridor between Botany and downtown Auckland serviced by Howick & Eastern, which is owned by Souter Investments.

All but two of the buses are to be built in Tauranga by Kiwi Bus Builders and Alexander Dennis with the first two due to be ready for service by October. The rest are likely to take four to five months.
 
19th February 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Recently released is this resin Northern Counties bodied Dennis Dart in the colours of the New Hong Kong Bus Company. It is limited to 388 pieces and further details will be added shortly.

  
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

A new bus for a new route - KMB introduced route X42c at the weekend - details can be found here.
 
Problems with my PC tonight has resulted in a rather late update for UK visitors, but an early one for those in Hong Kong!

18th February 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Citybus continue to register its standard liveried 'urban' and 'airport' Enviro500NGs with 8512 the latest, seen here operating today in the Tung Chung area. 

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

Further photographs taken yesterday of KMB's new Scania.

My thanks to regular contributors Bobby Liu, Dennis Law and Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me their photographs.
15th February 2015

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow in Hong Kong is this Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500NG from Cars Workshop (94501).
 ATENU283 (SS273) on route 373A to Fanling (Wah Ming) and is limited to 1,800 pieces.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

As reported below, Kowloon Motor Bus registered the first of their two Scania K280UD yesterday and today it was placed into service. My thanks to Dennis Law for providing me with a selection of photographs, more of which have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Whilst the focus of late has been on new buses, it must be remembered that KMB's AD class of 11-metre Dennis Dragons will be retired at the end of March, making the above a scene from the past.
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Kwoon Chung Motors celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and MAN A91 has received a special decal to mark the event.
14th February 2015

 
Kowloon Motor Bus registered one of their new Scanias today, allocating it fleet number ASUD1 (TE7277).  They have also registered a further 19 Enviro500NGs in the past two days.
13th February 2015

   

Confirmation that the next KMB Enviro500NG, ATENU283, details of which were announced a couple of days ago, will be released this coming Sunday (15th).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

The first 'comparison' shots between the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Goat' models. More have been added to the relevant pages (80821 and 80822).

 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Not previously recorded is the release by Model 1 of this plain white 10.4 metre Leyland Olympian (63000). This is limited to just 150 pieces. 
12th February 2015

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

These two Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Goat decorated models from Cars Workshop are set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow.

ADL Enviro500 ATEU33 (PZ8988) is on route 81 to Jordan (To Wah Road) (39427) whilst Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU317 is on route 968 to Causeway Bay (Tin Hau) (94701). Each is limited to 2,000 pieces.

 
Following several unsuccessful attempts to access my website tonight, my web hosting company have the following as a status report.
 

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Issue opened: Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 17:25
  • Customers with websites hosted on the Linux server using IP address 88.208.252.200 will find their sites intermittently inaccessible. Our engineers are working to resolve this as soon as possible.


11th February 2015

   
The two Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Goat models are set for release on Thursday (12th).
 
It is also believed that the next KMB release will be a standard liveried Enviro500NG, ATENU283 (SS273) on route 373A (94501).

10th February 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Former Citybus Leyland Olympian 133, which was the subject of Creative Master Northcord Ltd's first release of this casting (hkbus2001), now operates for Gibson Direct Ltd and is seen here on Saturday  in Glasgow. Recent bad weather has resulted in its current appearance!
6th February 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Best Choose Models' Collector

The above are just a couple of photographs from the Best Choose Models' Collector Facebook page - well worth taking a look!


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Anthony's Bus Homepage

As reported yesterday, Kowloon Motor Bus has registered a further 13 Enviro500NGs and one of this batch, ATENU413, was operating route 281A when spotted at the Pioneer Centre earlier today. My thanks to Anthony's Bus Homepage for allowing me to share this photograph.

6th February 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two Year of the Goat Enviro500s models from 80M Bus Model Shop.

Citybus 8268 (80821/CM079) is on route 118 to Siu Sai Wan whilst New World First Bus 5568 (80822/20045) is on route 720 to Central. Each is limited to 1,088 pieces. New pages have now been added.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
China Model Bus

China Model Bus today released this resin Albion Viking EVK55CL on route 65K to Sheung Tsuen (CMB001). China Model Bus is a small small cube shop located in Tai Po and further details can be found on their Facebook page. This Albion is based on the P&T casting. L303 (BM243) is an example which doesn't have fog lamps fitted. This model is limited to just 60 pieces. Further photographs will be added shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HK Trucks

Further to the News item of 29th January, I am grateful to the HK Trucks Facebook page for allowing me to use the above photograph.

   
Kowloon Motor Bus registered a further 13 ADL Enviro500NGs today (ATENU404-416) along with 2 Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs (AVBWU387-8).
5th February 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of James Dawkins

A new page has now been added for the plain white Cars Workshop ADL Enviro500NG issued on 23 January (94503A).
4th February 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

These two colourful 1/64 scale Wrights Geminis with pull-back motors have recently been released by Cars Workshop.
2nd February 2015

     
Several new pages have recently been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
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