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Further details of the three new KMB models are as follows:-

Seddon MK17 - HK 4374 - Route 8 to Star Ferry - 1,000 pieces (KMB-M-2017076)
(A photograph of the actual bus on this route can be found in Mike Davis's excellent book 'Hong Kong Buses - Volume Two - Kowloon Motor Bus'
Scania K230UB - ASB15 (NV 6395) Route 7M to Lok Fu - 700 pieces (KMB2018047)
ADL Enviro500 - ATENU1248 (VB 4398) - Route 280X to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) - 600 pieces (KMB2018008).

 
New pages will be added shortly.
   
On the subject of the above mentioned Seddon Mk17, I am struggling to find any reference to the actual length of this bus - any information would be welcome.
30th April 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus has today launched its new Urban Kowloon Route 20, which operates between Kai Tak and Tai Kok Tsui (Island Harbourview) - further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
29th April 2018

   
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Kowloon Motor Bus has announced the imminent release of three new 1/76th scale buses, these being the 85th Anniversary liveried 'facelift' Enviro500 (600 pieces), a 10.6 metre Scania/Caetano (ASB class) (700 pieces) and a Seddon MK17 (1,000 pieces). Further details will be added later.
   
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My thanks to Philip Chan for allowing me to use his photographs of ATENU1248 (VB 4398) carrying 85th anniversary decals and on the same route number as the model (destination of the model unknown). Larger images are linked to the above photographs.

 
Three of the six Citybus Wrights Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs from Model 1 have been released in Hong Kong today -

9540 (TZ3336) on route 40M  to Government Offices (63607/CM136)
9552 (UB 6643) on route 96 to Causeway Bay (63608/CM137)
9509 (TS 8048) on route 671 to Ap Lei Chau (63610/CM139)
28th April 2018

 
   
Over the past few months I have been working on a spreadsheet of 1/76th scale diecast models that includes operators from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and ex-Hong Kong buses operating in the UK. The spreadsheet is in Excel format and I have uploaded a sample version, using Google Sheets, to the following page.
26th April 2018

 
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Released in Hong Kong today is this KMB 12.8 metre ADL Enviro500 carrying all-over 'AXE' branding (CR178002). It features 3ATENU6 on route B1.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

My thanks to Watt Yung for sending me a selection of photographs of two recent additions to the New Lantao Bus fleet, these being VK 2668 (originally registered VJ 8144)  and VJ 7769.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung
 
Kowloon Motor Bus has so far this month registered forty new ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s, with ATENU1375 being registered on 12th  - the latest is ATENU1395 being registered today.
24th April 2018

 
I have recently noticed several of my photographs appearing on auction sites, without permission. As a matter of policy, I do not allow the use of any of my photographs for use on such sites.
 
Over the past few weeks, I have been taking new photographs of the different bus types and uploading these to the site - a few examples are shown below.


There is nothing more frustrating than seeing such photographs being used by others, bearing in mind that I have gone to the trouble and expense of buying the model in the first place, I have then removed the model from its case and plinth, placed it in a specially constructed 'photo studio', taken numerous photographs and then uploaded these to my pc where they are edited and finally published - rant over!
23rd April 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Overseas customers have another chance to pre-order the Crystal Bus MAN A95 from Model 1 - just follow the above link.
20th April 2018

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has announced it will release a 1:43 scale model of a Kwoon Chung Scania K360iB4x2 coach (L33601) - pre-orders are currently being taken. The lower photograph shows  a 1:76 scale MAN A91 with Asia Aero bodywork for comparison (63106).
19th April 2018

   
New pages have just been added for the six New World First Bus 12 metre Alexander ALX500 bodied Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympians' from Model 1:-
   
Product code Fleet No. Route No. Destination
63661/20075 5002 2X Wan Chai Express
63662/20076 5012 796X Tseung Kwan O
63663/20077 5040 905 Lai Chi Kok
63664/20078 5052 948 Cheung Wang Estate
63665/20079 5084 111 Central (Macau Ferry)
63666/20080 5103 682 Siu Sai Wan
     
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This photograph of fleet no. 5100 was taken on my first visit to Hong Kong - it was just 5 days old when noted at Wan Chai on 23rd November 2002.
   
.... and not forgetting, 5103 was the subject of a Creative Master Northcord model back in 2005 (hkbus1006).
17th April 2018

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of John Lincoln

My thanks to John Lincoln for confirming that he has indeed received his Citybus Wrights Gemini Volvo B9TL (63608/CM137) along with China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM8 (63073) - larger images are available.
15th April 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Announced today is news that six 12-metre Alexander ALX500 bodied Volvo Super Olympians in New World First Bus livery are to be issued in May. They will include fleet no 5002 on route 2X (20075), fleet no. 5012 on route 796X (20076), fleet no. 5040 on route 905 (20077), fleet no. 5052 on route 948 (20078), fleet no. 5084 on route 111 (20079) and fleet no. 5103 on route 682 (20080).

   
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The first glimpse of a New Lantao Bus 'facelift' Enviro400, built to the same specification as the New World First Bus examples (i.e. low-height) - happily take a model of one of these!


Following yesterday's update in which I understood that the six Citybus Gemini 2s from Model 1 had been released, I can confirm that this is not the case, although their release is believed to be imminent. The Citybus product codes are confirmed as being CM135 - CM140.
13th April 2018

 
Released today in Hong Kong are, I believe, the six Model 1 Citybus 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs  (63606, 63607, 63608, 63609, 63610 and 63611). I am assuming that each model also has a Citybus product code and would be grateful for any feedback on these numbers - possibly CM135 - CM140?
12th April 2018

 
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The latest ADL Enviro500s to be delivered to Kowloon Motor Bus feature a larger roof-mounted GPS pod than previously fitted. ATENU1283 (left) was registered at the end of November last year with ATENU1351 (right) being registered on 29th March this year. Larger photographs can be viewed by clicking on each image.
     
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Whilst ATENU1349 was registered on 27th March, ATE253 will celebrate it's 12th year in service this coming Thursday, having been registered on 13th April 2006.

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Another new feature found on the latest KMB ADL Enviro500s is the 'next stop' announcement system fitted just above the exit doors which also gives a warning when the doors are closing.
8th April 2018

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong
 
KMB are currently holding an event at YoHo Mall, Yuen Long with a display including non air-con Volvo Olympian S3V26 and air-con Leyland Olympian AL1. A pop-up shop is also believed to be on site. The events runs until 8th April and is located in the Ground Floor Transport Interchange. My thanks to Vincent Chong for providing details and photos - larger images being available by clicking on any of the above photos.
4th April 2018

 
S3BL159 - Leyland Olympian/Alexander - 4th December 2002
 
AV277 (HL 659) - Volvo Olympian/Alexander - 1st December 2009
   
ATR 240 - Dennis Trident/Duple Metsec - 4th December 2010
   
AVBWU782 (VJ 1253) - Volvo B9TL/Wrights - 2nd April 2018

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   
With the arrival today of a photograph of one of KMB's newest red Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL approaching Star Ferry, I thought I would 'dig out' a few shots taken by me in the same vicinity, but featuring older liveries. Unfortunately, by the time of my first visit, there were no red/cream liveried buses. Once again my thanks to Bobby Liu.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Zack Knightsun

Some news from Singapore, the Wrights Streetdeck bodied Volvo B8L demonstrator (SG4003D) was placed into service today by SBS Transit, operating on route 94. My thanks to Zack Knightsun for allowing me to share his photograph.
2nd April 2018
   
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