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New pages have just been added for the two 'Lai Yuen' Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler Fleetlines (38903 and 38904) from Cars Workshop and the two Kowloon Motor Bus 83rd Birthday decorated models - the ADL Enviro500 ATENU127 (KMB-M-2016001) and Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL (KMB-M-2016002).
31st July 2016

   

New pages have just been added for the two Best Choose Daimler Fleetlines released on 16th July and which carry cigarette branding. Both feature D666, KMB's first Fleetline - 180122 (top) is on route 102 to Shau Ki Wan whilst 180123 (bottom) is on route 105 to West Point - each is limited to 550 pieces.
28th July 2016

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop
   
Two further Kowloon Motor Bus Albion Viking EVK41XL models have been released by D-Toys, these being in addition to the two released earlier this month.

Those just released and pictured above (left-right), feature L257 (AR 7738) on route 76 to Sheung Shui as it was in 1981 (11002) and L246 (AR 7727) on route 73K as it was in 1987 (11001).  New pages for both will be added shortly.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Concorde Hobby Shop

New pages for the two released earlier this month have now been added, but here is a reminder - L262 (AR 7743) carries the standard KMB livery and represents the bus in 1982 - it is on route 34 (11003). L259 (AR7740) has the cream front, unique to these buses, and represents the bus in 1975 - it is on route 15A (11004).
26th July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Thanks to Jotus.com, further photographs have just been added for the three recently released China Motor Bus models from Buses Model Co. :-

top - Alexander bodied Dennis Jubilant DS20 with government road safety advertising (BDC20083)
middle - MCW Metrobus MB20 on route 20 to Central (
BMC12020)
bottom - MCW Metrobus MB34 on route 102 to Lai Chi Kok ( BMC34102)



Photograph courtesy and copyright of KMB

The two Kowloon Motor Bus 'birthday' liveried buses have recently been released and I hope to add further details shortly.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Look Lam

This Kowloon Motor Bus depot has recently been released by Tiny in Hong Kong. My thanks to Look Lam for sending me a selection of photographs - no further details are known and I believe the figures and some of the street furniture are from additional sets that are produced by Cars Workshop. 
25th July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Yet another release in Hong Kong today - Kwoon Chung Motors Gemilang bodied MAN A95 in the colours of New Lantao Bus (63204). Produced by Model 1 and featuring FT 1168 on route B2, it has already sold out!
24th July 2016

   
The two 11.45 metre two-axle China Motor Bus MCW Metrobuses from Buses Model Co. were released in Hong Kong today, BMC12020 and BMC34102.
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus has introduced yet another new class, the length of which means the fleet number almost stretches across the front windscreen!! - the 3ATENUW class, of which there is presently one, registered on 15th July, is a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 with RAS (rear axle steering). It is pictured today at University Station undergoing driver training and it is believed that it will be used on route 87K.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Meanwhile the number of KMB's white buses is ever-decreasing with the last of the 3AD class due to be retired by next week and the AV class by September.
Pictured today is AV525, set to retire on 26th July.

23rd July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Chow Ka-Yan
   
Just released in Hong Kong is a plain white MCV Evolution bodied Volvo B7RLE (94006). It has no limited edition certificate.


The Buses Model Co. China Motor Bus Dennis Jubilant with all over road safety adverting (BDC20083) is set for release tomorrow (23rd July).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Hong Choi

A second ex-Citybus Olympian, fleet no. 572, has joined the Discovery Bay fleet and my thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to use the above photograph.
22nd July 2016

 
My thanks to Stephen Cho for sending me some photographs following his recent visit to New Zealand.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

The above photograph is of Ritchies first of the only two Designline "Enviroline" bodied Scania K320UD - the company has ordered 27 Chinese made double deckers.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho
   
Ritchies also operate a batch of ex Citybus Hong Kong Volvo B12/Jonkheere

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho
   
On 28th May 2016 NZbus became the second operator in Auckland to operate Enviro500 double-deckers for 274/277 service linking Auckland downtown and Mt Eden in South East Auckland.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho
 
Hassle Free Tours in Christchurch have purchased former China Motor Bus MCW Metrobus ML 63 from Arriva Original London Tours, through Ensignbus, for sightseeing.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

Ritchies also operate in Christchurch, where it operates three of the five ex-Stagecoach Hong Kong Volvo B10M/Alexander PS - they operated previously for NZ Bus/Stagecoach in Auckland and Stagecoach Wellington.  
20th July 2016

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Eddy Sumantri
 
I am grateful to Eddy Sumantri for providing an update on some recent arrivals for rapidKL in Kuala Lumpur.

He advises that 4 buses (2 x E500s & 2 x E200s) arrived from Southampton on 14th May. A fifth bus (an E500) arrived two weeks later.

With the arrival of these buses, it has completed an order of 120 buses from Alexander Dennis (40 x E500s & 80 x E200s), in which 3 x E500s & 2 x E200s are cbu'd (completely built up) from UK. The remainder of these buses were assembled locally.


All of the cbu buses were sent to Penang island (under rapidPenang) for demonstrator & trial purposes and it was expected that these buses would be handed over in July.

Further photographs and videos of the unloading of these buses can be found at Eddy's excellent Flickr site - just follow this link.
18th July 2016

   

Making its debut today at the Alton Bus Rally and Running Day was former New World First Bus Dennis Dart 2066, having been restored to its former glory by owner Dave Rogers.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
 
Also in attendance was this former China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DL35.
17th July 2016

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Two further release from Best Choose are these all-over cigarette branded KMB Daimler Fleetlines. Both represent Kowloon Motor Bus D666, the above on route 102 to Shau Ki Wan and limited to 300 pieces (180122) and below on route 105 to West Point, limited to 550 pieces (180123).
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Cars Workshop

Lai Yuen (also known as Lai Chi Kwok Amusement Park) has launched a summer carnival in Asia World Expo this year. Cars Workshop has launched a series of merchandise for the event including two Daimler Fleetlines which carry Lai Yuen advertisements from the 1980s - both features D807 (BK 5279), one on route 12 (38904) and one on route 6A - both have a destination of Lai Chi Kok. This fleet number does not correspondend with the registration of D807, which should read BJ9264 and D817 is BK5279.

In addition, this semi-open topper KMB Damler is also being released, this too being on route 12 to Lai Chi Kok. 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Cars Workshop
   
Any further information on the above models would be most welcome.
16th July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of KMB

These two KMB 'birthday' models are set for release at the end of July. The Enviro500 is on route 968 to Yuen Long West whilst the Wrights Gemini is on route 83 - it is believed each is limited to 1,000 pieces.
15th July 2016

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Buses Model Co.
 
Buses Model Co have announced a further release of its Dennis Jubilant casting, this time featuring China Motor Bus DS20 in all over advertising for a road safety campaign. It is on route route 83 to Taikoo Shing and is limited to 600 pieces (BDC20083).

   
 
I have been contacted by Tim Moore, one of the co-owners of preserved New World First Bus Dennis Condor DM17 here in the UK advising that owing to personal commitments they no longer have the time to devote to her and have therefore reluctantly taken the decision to offer her for sale.

Tim advises that she if fully original inside and has her 6LXCT engine, so could be restored to CMB condition if desired without much effort other than an external repaint. She has been stored under cover since purchase in 2003 so her paint is in good condition.
 
She is available immediately and is currently on SORN and not MOT’d but a years MOT could be put on her if the right offer is made. The rear engine door has been replaced due to corrosion of the hinges (common problem) but not yet painted, but they hold the decals for it.

Genuine enquiries should be e-mailed to Tim Moore whose e-mail address is 'doublekite@sky.com'.

This link will provide further information and the history of DM17.

13th July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop
   
The two 12-metre KMB Duple Metsec Dennis Dragons are set for release on Friday 15th July - KLE15051 features 3AD81 (HN1569) on route 60X to Tuen Mun Town Centre whilst KLE15052 features 3AD169 (HU7803) on route 85C to Ma On Shan Town Centre - each is limited to 900 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

With KMB Enviro500 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBE61 receiving Pocari Sweat all-over advertising, is another model to follow?
12th July 2016

   
No less than eight versions of the Citybus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident have been announced - they are:-
   
Product code Fleet No. Livery Route Destination Quantity
 
CM106 2212 Standard E11 Causeway Bay 668
CM108 2233 Standard E23 Airport
CM107 2226 Standard E22 Chek Lap Kok South Road 888
CM109 2236 Standard E21 Tai Kok Tsui
CM110 2136 Cityflyer A11 North Point 948
CM111 2142 Cityflyer A22 Airport
CM112 2201 Stagecoach 118 Sham Shui Po 514
CM113 2201 Stagecoach 10 ?
     
11th July 2016



Two further 12-metre KMB Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragons are set for release shortly, these being in plain white air-con livery.

3AD81 (HN1569) is on route 60X to Tuen Mun Town Centre (KLE15051) whilst 3AD169 (HU7803) is on route 85C to Ma On Shan Town Centre (KLE15052) - each is limited to 900 pieces.

   
D-Toys have released two further versions of their Albion Viking EVK41XL - L262 (AR7743) carries the standard KMB livery and represents the bus in 1982 - it is on route 34 (11003). L259 (AR7740) has the cream front, unique to these buses, and represents the bus in 1975 - it is on route 15A (11004). No other details are presently known.

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Hong Kong Tramways have launched a new air-conditioned tram, No. 88 see here in service today and carrying  'Pilot Cooler Tram' decals.
10th July 2016

 

The latest (August) edition of Bus & Coach Preservation not only features an article on Hants and Dorset Bristol Lodekka KRU224F, which I vividly remember entering service in Bournemouth back in 1967, but also an excellent article by John G Lidstone on the restoration project of China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V AD 4563, undertaken by a group of enthusiasts in Hong Kong.
7th July 2016

   
Three previously unrecorded AsianBus Guy Arabs have just been added to the site, these being:-

Photograph courtesy and copyright of AsianBus

CB-09 - China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V - S10 (AC4717) on route 13 to Star Ferry - limited to 480 pieces and released in April.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of AsianBus

CB10
- China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V tree cutter (DE7931) - limited to 360 pieces and released in May.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of AsianBus

CB11 - China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk V tree cutter (DE7931) - limited to 864 pieces and released in May.

In addition two further plastic Bristol Lodekkas have been issued, as follows:-
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of AsianBus

MB-03 - Fok Lei (Macau) Bristol Lodekkas M-87-59 on route 21 Macau - Coleane - limited to 360 pieces.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of AsianBus
   
MB-04 - Fok Lei (Macau) Bristol Lodekka M-87-60 on route 11 Macau - Taipa - limited to 240 pieces.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tiny

..... and this could be just the place to park them!!! - soon to be released China Motor Bus Depot from Tiny.
5th July 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Just released in Hong Kong is this KMB Albion Victor VT17AL from APEC. It features L43 (HK4544) on route 12 to Jordan Road Ferry (38810) and is limited to 250 pieces.

3rd July 2016
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