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More new models released and on the way!!
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Released today in Hong Kong is this Marcopolo bodied Scania K410iB4x2 from Model 1 (63705). It features TX 2919 and is in the livery of Shum Kong Wing Lee Cross Border Bus Co. Ltd. Quantities are presently unknown (now confirmed as 300 thanks to Kennis Tam).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has announced it is to release two versions of Discovery Bay Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart DBAY121. One is on route 6 to Discovery Bay Pier (63123) and the other has the destination 3/2/7/8 (63124).
   
DBAY121 seen leaving Discovery Bay Pier Bus Terminus - 2nd December 2010
   

     
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Leslie Chan

A sad sight - the end of the the road for KMB's Neoplan Centroliners AP59 (JU 2232) and AP58 (JU1546). Both were registered on 19th October 2000 and both were retired from service in August this year. My thanks to Leslie Chan for allowing me to share his excellent photograph, a larger image is available by 'clicking'. 

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Samuel Wong
 
As reported back on 13th August, Kowloon Motor Bus are to issue three models of it's Mercedes-Benz 0.305 double decker and ME14 (DF 9565) is believed to have been released today. ME14 carries the original and unique livery as applied to the 'ME' class and has a highly detailed interior (KMB2018091). It is limited to 800 pieces.
 
31st October 2018

   
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 80M Bus Model Shop
 
A surprise release in Hong Kong today is 'Millennium' tram no. 170, which is limited to 500 pieces (TT33101). A new page will be added as soon as time allows.
   
Millennium Tram 170 photographed in November 2007


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Also released in Hong Kong today is this Kwoon Chung Bus Jit Luen bodied Isuzu from Model 1 (63931). 
30th October 2018

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 80M Bus Model Shop
 
80M Bus Model Shop has announced it it taking orders for this 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'A' type. The model represents 4202 on route 2 to Star Ferry and includes opening features and poseable front wheels. It is limited to 500 pieces (KMB2018025).

   

 
I always looked forward to the late Don Cragg's articles in the popular UK model magazines - these were the first two, from 1998, and it was reading these that fueled my interest and led me to creating this site, which I hope provides similar enjoyment to others today.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Well loaded today was New Lantao Bus AD03, one of seven lowheight ADL Enviro400s registered in August 2018 for use on feeder routes for the new HZMB crossing.
 
Now this is a model I really would like to see!!

28th October 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
This China Travel Service Marcopolo bodied Scania K360iB4x2 is a specially commissioned model by Model 1 for the operator and it is not planned for general release (63704).
26th October 2018

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Ng Cheuk Yui
 
There was widespread social media coverage yesterday of the first day of operation of the new Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau crossing. My thanks to Ng Cheuk Yui for allowing me to share his excellent night shots of the buses serving the new Hong Kong boundary crossing.  Larger 'clickable' images are available for all of the above photographs.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The Kwoon Chung Bus Asia Aero bodied MAN A91, which was presented to its first passengers on yesterdays inaugural services across the new crossing, is limited to 800 pieces (63174). A new page will be added shortly. 
25th October 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Creative Bus Model

Creative Bus Model has announced a further version of its Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Mercedes-Benz 0.305, again in standard livery but featuring ME2 (DF 7102) on route 68X to Un Long (CBM10104).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

I believe Kwoon Chung Bus is to present passengers on its first four journeys over the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau crossing the above model of KC 306, an Asia Aero bodied MAN A91.
22nd October 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
 
My thanks to regular contributor Keith Wood for sending me this shot of former China Light and Power Leyland Olympian 312, now operating for Dekkabus of Poole, my home town.

   
Long Win Bus registered 12 new ADL Enviro500s on 19th October (5544-5555) - these Euro V engined buses received special dispensation from the HK Transport Dept., as with effect from 1st October, franchised buses had to be Euro VI compliant.
21st October 2018

   
 
It has been announced that the new link between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai will be officially opened on Tuesday 23rd October, with the bridge opening for traffic from 9am the following day, Wednesday 24th. Named the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau (HKZM) Bridge, the structure consists of three cable-stayed bridges, three artificial islands and one undersea tunnel spanning 55 kilometres through the Lingdingyang channel. It becomes the world's longest sea-crossing at 34 miles. Despite both Hong Kong and Macau driving on the left, traffic on the bridge will travel on the right. Construction began in December 2009 and it was completed in November 2017.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Advertising for the new bridge has appeared on New Lantao Bus Gemilang bodied MAN A95, MDR23 (VP 9106), as pictured above.
20th October 2018

   
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 80M Bus Model Shop
 
Due for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this 1/43 scale Long Win Bus Enviro500. It features 9547 (TB 2612) on route E33 to Airport and is limited to 500 pieces (KMB2018030). A new page has been added and further photographs will be uploaded tomorrow.


The second Mercedes-Benz 0.305 release from Creative Bus Model was released on 14th October, this featuring ME8 (DF 8120) on route 70 to Sheung Shui (CBM10102).


 
KMB's 3,000th Alexander bodied bus (Volvo Super Olympian 3ASV78) was new in June 2000 - I wonder what the number is today!
19th October 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 Bus Lanes / Wonders Production Hong Kong
 
My thanks to Bus Lanes / Wonders Production Hong Kong  for allowing me to share the above photographs of KMB's new Wrights Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
New Lantau Bus Gemilang bodied MAN A95 MDR26 has received all-over advertising for Ngong Ping 360.
17th October 2018

 
And the significance of the above two models?  
 
Capital Citybus 331 was the first model to be announced on my site back on 5th November 1998
China Motor Bus LF18 was the subject of the first photographs to be included in
 the 'News' page on 21st August 1999

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Same bus, same location, different operator!

My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me the above photographs showing Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident KR 8155 in New World First Bus livery, taken on 26th November 2017 (top) and in Citybus livery, taken on 14th October 2018 - both shots were taken at Des Vouex Road Central.

16th October 2018

 
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 80M Bus Model Shop
   
80M Bus Model Shop has announced the forthcoming release of this 1/43 scale Long Win Bus liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (KMB2018030), which is limited to 500 pieces. It is on route E33 but no other details are presently known.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow are these two Long Win Bus liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro500s, which were announced on this site back on 11th September. The first (top) features fleet no. 803 (MA 4413) on route R8 to Disneyland (KMB2018006) whilst fleet no. 801 (MA 2723) is on route E32 to Kwai Fong Station (KMB2018007).


The above two models have some significance in the history of this site - any guesses as to what these might be? e-mail me

Update
May I congratulate Lee Kai Hing, who was the first to identify the significance of Capital Citybus Olympian 331, followed closely by Chris Baines.
 The link with LF18 remains outstanding!!
Answers will be published shortly


 
As the 20th anniversary of this site fast approaches (5th November), today is an opportune time to thank another major contributor to this site, and one who has done so since September 1999.
 
On my first visit to Hong Kong, back in 2002, I vividly remember visiting an 80M shop and even for a man of my age, it felt like I had just entered paradise! Full to the brim with model buses, accessories, books and lots more - I was there quite a while! A trip to Hong Kong always takes in visits to several shops.

Since September 1999, 80M have continued to provide me with full sets of photographs of models stocked by them, and even today I have received a set of 10 photographs for each of the Long Win Bus Enviro500s. During the temporary closure of my site last year, I retrospectively requested images of models that I had missed, and these were forwarded by return. So in a nutshell, I am indebted to Mr Kwok and his team for his continued support - this site wouldn't be the same without you!   Thank You.

15th October 2018

   
The three APEC BACo bodied AEC Regent Vs in differing Kowloon Motor Bus liveries were released in Hong Kong yesterday :-
   
AD4807 on route 1A to Star Ferry (59901)
A28 (AD4816) on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) (59902)
A24 (AD4812) on route 9 to Ping Shek (59903)
 
Quantities for each are currently unknown and new pages have now been added.
11th October 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Model 1 is to release a second version of the red liveried China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian, LM5 (63070A). The first release of this model, back in February 2017, was restricted to Network Shuttle members (63070). This version is on route 94X, Lei Tung Estate - Central. Quantities are currently awaited.
8th October 2018

 
The following article appeared in the Belfast Telegraph Digital yesterday.

"Ballymena bus manufacturer Wrightbus has announced it has landed two valuable orders from its customers in Hong Kong.

The deals come days after the group company revealed a collapse in pre-tax profits from 10.7m to 1.5m.

Both orders will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus campus in Gracehill, Ballymena, the site formerly owned by tobacco giant JTI. The buses for KMB will be among the first to be produced and delivered from the remodelled facility.

Wrightbus said that Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) has ordered 150 units and its sister company, LongWin Bus, is taking a further 10. All are double-decker vehicles with Wrightbus bodywork and Volvo chassis.  And the firm said it also received an order for seven buses for New World First Bus (NWFB) and 46 for its sister company City Bus Ltd. These vehicles are also Wrightbus bodywork with Volvo chassis combination. This brings the total number of bus bodywork orders won by the company in Hong Kong in the last two years to 484 units.

John McLeister, group business and product development director, said:  “We are honoured to receive these two new orders from our long-standing customers in Hong Kong.  Working closely with our partners Volvo, we have supplied almost 1500 double-deckers for operation in Hong Kong since we shipped the first bus in 2001.
“The Hong Kong double-deckers will be manufactured at our facility in Ballymena and will provide a real boost for our workforce and the local economy.”

Wrightbus International was established as a separate division of the Wrights Group to generate growth in key overseas markets."

 
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As reported below, New World First Bus has registered three new Euro 6 engined 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500s and pictured above is 5752, registered on 2nd October.
6th October 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HKWFM (Hong Kong Wholesale Fish Market)

ATH1 (TA 2344), one of Kowloon Motor Bus's hybrid Enviro500s, has been repainted into champagne livery - it is pictured below at it's official unveiling on 13th September 2014. It is believed ATH2 and ATH3 will follow suit shortly.
 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of S3N92


   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ailsa-Volvo Megastore

The above AsianBus model of AMR2, KMB's second MCW Metrorider, has just come to light, thanks to Steve Walsh. It is on route 238 to Tsuen Wan MTR (KB02).

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

The latest 'Brand Hong Kong' livery is carried by Citybus ADL Enviro500NG and includes the strapline 'Connect and Excel'.
5th October 2018

 
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APEC has announced it will release three versions of a BACo bodied AEC Regent V in differing Kowloon Motor Bus liveries, albeit without fleetnames or logos. From top to bottom, the models will feature :-
   
AD4807 on route 1A to Star Ferry (59901)
A28 (AD4816) on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) (59902)
A24 (AD4812) on route 9 to Ping Shek (59903)
 
No other information is currently available.
3rd October 2018

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

Not to be outdone, New World First Bus has today placed into service it's first 12-metre Euro 6 engined 'facelift' Enviro500s, with 5750 and 5751 having been registered on 28th September. The third, 5752, was registered today,
2nd October 2018

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This Model 1 Marcopolo bodied Scania K360iB4X2, in in the colours of GDHK (Guangdong-Hong Kong Auto Transport), is believed to have been released on 29th September - a new page will be added shortly (63702) - now added. 



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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Cityflyer 6839 is one of two Euro 6 engined 'facelift' Enviro500s registered back on 30th May, the other being 6837. For some reason, these did not enter service until late September, when two further examples, 6838 and 6840, also entered service, these having been registered on 20th September.
1st October 2018
 
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