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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle

The final news for 2018 - Model 1 are expected to release two 16-seater Toyota Coaster Public Light Buses in January, registration nos. AMS1 (63805) and AV6168 (63806).

 31st December 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop are accepting pre-orders for these two Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s. Both feature 3ATENU119 (UF8335) - the first (top) is on route 42A to Cheung Hang (KMB2018094) whilst the second is on route 60X to Tuen Mun Central (KMB2018121). Each is limited to 400 pieces. New pages will be added as soon as time allows.

   
Well for the second time in two days, my summary of models released during the year (see below) has had to be revised - I knew I should have awaited the year end!
 
Released in Hong Kong today are the five Kowloon Motor Bus liveried BACo bodied AEC Regent MkVs from APEC, first announced earlier this month.

599045990559906
5990759908

59904 - A1 (AD4789) route 6C to Lai Chi Kok - quantity 80
59905 - A6 (AD4794) route 13 to Jordan Road Ferry - quantity 50
59906 - A25 (AD4813) route 5 to Choi Hung - quantity 80
59907 - A4 (AD4792) route 13A to Sau Mau Ping Upper - quantity 80
59908 - A15 (AD4803) route 6D to Ngau Tau Kok - quantity 80
 
30th December 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle

I believe that the two 19-seater Toyota Coaster Public Light Buses from Model 1, first announced back in March, are set for general release very shortly, with quantities being distributed to AMS employees today. UZ7840 is on route 31 to Causeway Bay (63801) (pictured right) whilst the second features ED77 on route 481B to Tsuen Wan Market Street (63802). New pages have been added and the summary table below has been updated to reflect these two models.
   


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Former New World First Bus Volvo 'Super' Olympian 5090 (KU4116) is now part of the Citybus non-franchised fleet, being allocated fleet no. 259 and carrying driver recruitment advertising. It is pictured earlier today on route 88R to Central.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle

These two versions of Discovery Bay's Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart, DBAY121 (HD7319), from Model 1, are set for release early in the new year (63123 (top) and 63124).
29th December 2018

 
It is that time of the year when I publish a summary of model releases for the year, by bus operator and model manufacturer.
With three days still to go, this is of course subject to change!


 Operator 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018  Manufacturer 2011 2012 2013  2014  2015 2016 2017 2018
         
 China Motor Bus 1 0 2 8 6 13 28 16  80M Bus Model 14 12 25 9 5 9 39 37
 Citybus 3 4 9 5 5 18 16 9  Asianbus 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
 Discovery Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5  APEC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
 Kowloon Motor Bus 37 32 45 47 69 66 50 49  Automodel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
 Kwoon Chung 0 0 0 0 2 6 2 3  Best Choose 1 0 4 5 10 15 0 0
 Long Win 1 0 1 0 1 8 2 6  Buses Model 1 7 2 3 8 10 13 5
 MTR Bus 2 1 1 0 0 0 7 1  Cars Workshop 21 14 13 25 19 11 2 2
 New Lantao Bus 0
0
0 0 2 3 6 2  Creative Bus Model 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
 New World First Bus 2
3
6 2 3 17 9 12  Drumwell 4 10 13 12 0 0 0 0
 Park Island 0
0
0 0 2 0 0 0  KMB 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
 Singapore operators 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0  Model 1 0 0 4 2 15 35 55 44
 Others 1 5 4 2 7 9 5 12  P & T Diecast 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 8
 Roadshow Creations 0 0 0 0 35 32 0 0
 Others 6 2 10 8 4 24 6 1
   47 45 71 64 98 140 132 115    47 45 71 64 98 140 132 115
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Concorde Hobby Shop

Best Choose has announced it will release two unlicensed Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Volvo Olympians, namely AV249 (HH6380) on route 60X (180131) and AV156 (GY6694) on route 307 (180132). 
28th December 2018







   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Nixon Lo

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Nixon Lo
 
It is confirmed that the six New World First Bus Volvo Super Olympians, from Model 1, were released today, each being limited to 900 pieces.
21st December 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle
 
Further details have now been received for the New World First Bus (NWFB) and Citybus Year of the Pig models. The NWFB example (63345/20081) has a destination of 'Happy New Year' and is limited to 918 pieces whilst the Citybus example (63346/CM151) has a destination of 'Kung Hei Fat Choy' and is limited to 968 pieces.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
   
Two new trams are released today - new generation tram no. 98 carries 'catch a ride catch a smile' decals and has a destination of Causeway Bay (TT33703) - it is limited to 500 pieces. Millennium tram no. 169 carries KMB livery promoting a free tram ride when using a KMB cross harbour route. (TT33102).

   
My thanks to Kennis Tam for informing me the quantity of the Discovery Bay Transit liveried Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL as being 388 pieces (see below).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The six New World First Bus Volvo Super Olympians from Model 1, announced back on 13th April, are believed to be set for release on Friday (21st). They are :-

    5002 (JD3488) on route 2X Wan Chai Express (63661/20075)
    5012 (JD6190) on route 796X Tseung Kwan O (63662/20076)
    5040 (JE2524) on route 905 Lai Chi Kok (63663/20077)
    5052 (JV9670) on route 948 Cheung Wang Estate (63664/20078)
    5084 (AD4589) on route 111 Central (Macau Ferry) (63665/20079)
    5103 (KV2768) on route 682 Siu Sai Wan (63666/20080)

19th December 2018

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Pictured above are the 'Year of the Pig' models for Citybus (left) and New World First Bus. As mentioned previously, the Citybus model represents 8537 (VP850), a 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63346/CM151) whilst the NWFB model represents 6188 (VE8977) a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63345/20081). 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Released in Hong Kong is this Discovery Bay Transit liveried Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL from Model 1. It features DBAY212 (TP1192) on route DB03R with a destination of Discovery Bay Marina Drive (63063). The quantity is currently unknown.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My thanks to regular contributor Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his photographs of KMB's new Wrights Streetdeck bodied Euro 6 engined Volvo B8Ls.

18th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

A new addition to the Citybus open-top fleet is former New World First Bus Alexander bodied Dennis Trident 1220 (KP3470) which has been re-registered HT817 and allocated fleet no. 25.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore
 
Another superb shot from Tim Moore - ex-London Transport DMS1559, which entered service for Kowloon Motor Bus in May 1981 as 2D28 (CN1106), is captured here at the Star Ferry Terminus at Tsim Sha Tsui in February 1988. As a result of accident damage soon after entering service, it received a new front from stocks of Metal Sections and BACo spares held by the company. 

   
Both Singapore and Macau have received new hybrid buses which are now operating on revenue services.  

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The first, for Transmac Macau, is a pair of China made Higer KLQ6109GQHEV5  single deckers which were first noted on service 72 and now serving on route 9A.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Dream Land

For Singapore, after the success trial of the Volvo B5LH, LTA ordered a batch of 50 with MCV Envora bodywork and SG 3006C was seen at Houggang Central Interchange undergoing driver training. Th
e first of the type made it's maiden trip on route 272 on 10th December.


The above photograph shows the ever increasing range of Tiny KMB models, some of which have yet to be released.
16th December 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore
 
My thanks to Tim Moore for allowing me to share his excellent photograph, taken in February 1988, of China Motor Bus LF105 (BL482), an Alexander bodied Leyland Fleetline, first registered in July 1976 and originally fitted with a Metal Sections body.


A new page has now been added for the Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes-Benz 0.305 with St John Ambulance decals that was released back in August and was the subject of licensing issues (CBM10103).
15th December 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Creative Bus Model
 
One release that I missed whilst on holiday in November was this KMB liveried Mercedes Benz 0.305 from Creative Bus Model, It features ME2 (DF7102) on route 68X to Un Long (CBM10104).  I would be grateful if anyone could provide the quantity of this model - now confirmed as 388 pieces.


On the subject of numbers, there are presently thirty-one models that have been announced but have yet to be released - and a back-up of the site tonight confirms it consists of over 39,000 items!
13th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus
 
The plain white Mercedes-Benz 0.305 from BR Bus Model has been released today (BR-001).
11th December 2018

Details of the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Pig' models have been released.  The Citybus model will represent 8537 (VP850) a 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (CM151) whilst the NWFB model will represent 6188 (VE8977) a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (20081).
10th December 2018


At great expense (well 3.30) the homepage has received a makeover!!

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
 
These two China Motor Bus Guy Arabs are set for release tomorrow - LX40 (AC4795) is on route 23 to Pokfield Road (97003) (top) whilst LX33 (AH4045) is on route 101 to Kwun Tong (97004). Each is limited to 400 pieces and they are produced by Cars Workshop.

   
APEC are to release no less than five KMB liveried (minus the logos/fleetnames) BACo bodied AEC Regent Mk V :-
59904 - A1 (AD4789) route 6C to Lai Chi Kok - quantity 80
59905 - A6 (AD4794) route 13 to Jordan Road Ferry - quantity 50
59906 - A25 (AD4813) route 5 to Choi Hung - quantity 80
59907 - A4 (AD4792) route 13A to Sau Mau Ping Upper - quantity 80
59908 - A15 (AD4803) route 6D to Ngau Tau Kok - quantity 80
8th December 2018

   
My thanks to Peter Harrison and Dick Lindsay for responding to my request for information on the lengths of the various Model 1 coaches (see News 1st December).


Several new pages have now been added for some recently released models and trams. 

     
There have been a number of books published during the year and I hope to add details of some of these over the next few weeks.
   
   
 Pictured above are three publications from New Overground Publishing which focus on different vehicle types.


Pictured above are two further publications from New Overground Publishing:- that on the left 'Australia & New Zealand Double-Deck Bus'
by Stephen Cho was mentioned briefly towards the end of last month whilst that on the right 'Hong Kong Public Transport' by Arthur Chan
covers all aspects of the former colony's transport system.

7th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has released a plain white version of it's Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa, which carries registration no. RM7923 (63862).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

I have today received further information on the Mercedes-Benz 0.305 announced yesterday (BR-001) - it comes in a plain white livery with decals for the purchaser to apply which  relate to 'The Wonderful World of Whimsy'. It is on route 68X to Jordan Road Ferry and will be limited to 800 pieces. My thanks to China Model Bus for sending me these details.
4th December 2018

Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

A further Mercedes-Benz 0.305 release is on it's way, this time representing ME25 (DG4602) and from another new name, BR Bus Model. No further details are presently known (BR-001).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus began operating route 608 on an all-day basis yesterday and pictured above is 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 64430 heading for Sai Wan Ho.


3rd December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ray Ng
   
My thanks to regular contributor Ray Ng for sending me a set of photographs of the recently released red China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM5 (63070A), which has just been added.


Can you help?

 I am trying to establish the lengths of the following models - if you are able to help, please e-mail me.
   
 Asia Aero bodied Volvo B7R
 63171 and 63172
 Jit Luen Isuzu LT434C  
 63931 and 63932
 Marcopolo Audace 1050 bodied Scania K360iB4x2
 6370163702, 63703, 63704 and 63705.

1st December 2018



Merry Christmas

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Nixon Lo

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Nixon Lo
 
It is confirmed that the six New World First Bus Volvo Super Olympians, from Model 1, were released today, each being limited to 900 pieces.
21st December 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 Network Shuttle
 
Further details have now been received for the New World First Bus (NWFB) and Citybus Year of the Pig models. The NWFB example (63345/20081) has a destination of 'Happy New Year' and is limited to 918 pieces whilst the Citybus example (63346/CM151) has a destination of 'Kung Hei Fat Choy' and is limited to 968 pieces.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
   
Two new trams are released today - new generation tram no. 98 carries 'catch a ride catch a smile' decals and has a destination of Causeway Bay (TT33703) - it is limited to 500 pieces. Millennium tram no. 169 carries KMB livery promoting a free tram ride when using a KMB cross harbour route. (TT33102).

   
My thanks to Kennis Tam for informing me the quantity of the Discovery Bay Transit liveried Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL as being 388 pieces (see below).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The six New World First Bus Volvo Super Olympians from Model 1, announced back on 13th April, are believed to be set for release on Friday (21st). They are :-

    5002 (JD3488) on route 2X Wan Chai Express (63661/20075)
    5012 (JD6190) on route 796X Tseung Kwan O (63662/20076)
    5040 (JE2524) on route 905 Lai Chi Kok (63663/20077)
    5052 (JV9670) on route 948 Cheung Wang Estate (63664/20078)
    5084 (AD4589) on route 111 Central (Macau Ferry) (63665/20079)
    5103 (KV2768) on route 682 Siu Sai Wan (63666/20080)

19th December 2018

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Pictured above are the 'Year of the Pig' models for Citybus (left) and New World First Bus. As mentioned previously, the Citybus model represents 8537 (VP850), a 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63346/CM151) whilst the NWFB model represents 6188 (VE8977) a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (63345/20081). 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Released in Hong Kong is this Discovery Bay Transit liveried Wrights Gemini 2 Volvo B9TL from Model 1. It features DBAY212 (TP1192) on route DB03R with a destination of Discovery Bay Marina Drive (63063). The quantity is currently unknown.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My thanks to regular contributor Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his photographs of KMB's new Wrights Streetdeck bodied Euro 6 engined Volvo B8Ls.

18th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

A new addition to the Citybus open-top fleet is former New World First Bus Alexander bodied Dennis Trident 1220 (KP3470) which has been re-registered HT817 and allocated fleet no. 25.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore
 
Another superb shot from Tim Moore - ex-London Transport DMS1559, which entered service for Kowloon Motor Bus in May 1981 as 2D28 (CN1106), is captured here at the Star Ferry Terminus at Tsim Sha Tsui in February 1988. As a result of accident damage soon after entering service, it received a new front from stocks of Metal Sections and BACo spares held by the company. 

   
Both Singapore and Macau have received new hybrid buses which are now operating on revenue services.  

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The first, for Transmac Macau, is a pair of China made Higer KLQ6109GQHEV5  single deckers which were first noted on service 72 and now serving on route 9A.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Dream Land

For Singapore, after the success trial of the Volvo B5LH, LTA ordered a batch of 50 with MCV Envora bodywork and SG 3006C was seen at Houggang Central Interchange undergoing driver training. Th
e first of the type made it's maiden trip on route 272 on 10th December.


The above photograph shows the ever increasing range of Tiny KMB models, some of which have yet to be released.
16th December 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Moore
 
My thanks to Tim Moore for allowing me to share his excellent photograph, taken in February 1988, of China Motor Bus LF105 (BL482), an Alexander bodied Leyland Fleetline, first registered in July 1976 and originally fitted with a Metal Sections body.


A new page has now been added for the Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes-Benz 0.305 with St John Ambulance decals that was released back in August and was the subject of licensing issues (CBM10103).
15th December 2018

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 Creative Bus Model
 
One release that I missed whilst on holiday in November was this KMB liveried Mercedes Benz 0.305 from Creative Bus Model, It features ME2 (DF7102) on route 68X to Un Long (CBM10104).  I would be grateful if anyone could provide the quantity of this model - now confirmed as 388 pieces.


On the subject of numbers, there are presently thirty-one models that have been announced but have yet to be released - and a back-up of the site tonight confirms it consists of over 39,000 items!
13th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus
 
The plain white Mercedes-Benz 0.305 from BR Bus Model has been released today (BR-001).
11th December 2018

Details of the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Pig' models have been released.  The Citybus model will represent 8537 (VP850) a 12-metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (CM151) whilst the NWFB model will represent 6188 (VE8977) a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 (20081).
10th December 2018


At great expense (well 3.30) the homepage has received a makeover!!

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop
 
These two China Motor Bus Guy Arabs are set for release tomorrow - LX40 (AC4795) is on route 23 to Pokfield Road (97003) (top) whilst LX33 (AH4045) is on route 101 to Kwun Tong (97004). Each is limited to 400 pieces and they are produced by Cars Workshop.

   
APEC are to release no less than five KMB liveried (minus the logos/fleetnames) BACo bodied AEC Regent Mk V :-
59904 - A1 (AD4789) route 6C to Lai Chi Kok - quantity 80
59905 - A6 (AD4794) route 13 to Jordan Road Ferry - quantity 50
59906 - A25 (AD4813) route 5 to Choi Hung - quantity 80
59907 - A4 (AD4792) route 13A to Sau Mau Ping Upper - quantity 80
59908 - A15 (AD4803) route 6D to Ngau Tau Kok - quantity 80
8th December 2018

   
My thanks to Peter Harrison and Dick Lindsay for responding to my request for information on the lengths of the various Model 1 coaches (see News 1st December).


Several new pages have now been added for some recently released models and trams. 

     
There have been a number of books published during the year and I hope to add details of some of these over the next few weeks.
   
   
 Pictured above are three publications from New Overground Publishing which focus on different vehicle types.


Pictured above are two further publications from New Overground Publishing:- that on the left 'Australia & New Zealand Double-Deck Bus'
by Stephen Cho was mentioned briefly towards the end of last month whilst that on the right 'Hong Kong Public Transport' by Arthur Chan
covers all aspects of the former colony's transport system.

7th December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has released a plain white version of it's Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa, which carries registration no. RM7923 (63862).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

I have today received further information on the Mercedes-Benz 0.305 announced yesterday (BR-001) - it comes in a plain white livery with decals for the purchaser to apply which  relate to 'The Wonderful World of Whimsy'. It is on route 68X to Jordan Road Ferry and will be limited to 800 pieces. My thanks to China Model Bus for sending me these details.
4th December 2018

Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

A further Mercedes-Benz 0.305 release is on it's way, this time representing ME25 (DG4602) and from another new name, BR Bus Model. No further details are presently known (BR-001).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus began operating route 608 on an all-day basis yesterday and pictured above is 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 64430 heading for Sai Wan Ho.


3rd December 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ray Ng
   
My thanks to regular contributor Ray Ng for sending me a set of photographs of the recently released red China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM5 (63070A), which has just been added.


Can you help?

 I am trying to establish the lengths of the following models - if you are able to help, please e-mail me.
   
 Asia Aero bodied Volvo B7R
 63171 and 63172
 Jit Luen Isuzu LT434C  
 63931 and 63932
 Marcopolo Audace 1050 bodied Scania K360iB4x2
 6370163702, 63703, 63704 and 63705.

1st December 2018
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