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Citybus 8108, a 12 metre ADL Enviro500, was released 10 years ago today (80896/CM070).
30th April 2019

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

A second MCV Evoseti bodied Volvo B8L, destined for Kowloon Motor Bus, has today arrived in Hong Kong. Unusually, it carries no KMB livery or logos. My thanks to Watt Yung for sharing the above photographs.

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

New pages have tonight been added for the two Long Win Bus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s announced yesterday - just click on an image.

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop
 
Full sets of photographs have tonight been received from 80M Bus Model Shop for the above two KMB Enviro400s and these have now been added.
29th April 2019

   
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 of 80M Bus Model Shop

Today's news reverts back to oriental model buses! Announced today are these two 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s in Long Win Bus 'escalator' livery. Fleet no. 2501 (VB4686) (top) is on route E34A to Tin Shui Wai (KMB2018093) whilst fleet no. 2502 (VE573) is on route E41 to Tai Po Tau (KMB2018120). Each is limited to 600 pieces.

   
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

The above two KMB Enviro400s are released today. ATSE46 (RW5136) carries KMB's 86th anniversary livery and is on route 86 (KMB2019009) (750 pieces) whilst ATSE36 (RV7831) carries standard champagne livery and is on route 103 to Pokfield Road (KMB2019010) (550 pieces).

   
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With the current focus on the closure of the Peak Tram, a comparison of two Route 15 buses!
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28th April 2019

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

The Peak Tram was temporarily suspended on Tuesday, 23rd April for around 2-3 months whilst an upgrade project is carried out. As a result, New World First Bus (NWFB) introduced a new route, the X15, which runs non-stop between Admiralty and The Peak. This has meant NWFB utilising the majority of its low-height Enviro400s, usually operating on routes 9 and 14, for this new temporary route.
   
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To cover these routes at busy times, NWFB has hired in 10 Citybus Enviro400s and today saw their first day of operation.

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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Not oriental related, but set for release in May are these two Optare Spectra resin models in demonstrator livery from Jotus.com.  RS76623A (top) has a destination of Optare Spectra 003 and is limited to just 100 pieces whilst RS76623B, which shows the bus whilst in service with Trent Buses, and is limited to just 50 pieces. 

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Meanwhile, 
at the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Centre Piazza, Kowloon Motor Bus held a "Road Safety Carnival" - on display was their 86th anniversary liveried Enviro400 along with a Mobile Safety Bus converted from a MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE (AVC13/PF6731).

My thanks to Philip Chan and Bobby Liu for providing the 'real' bus news from Hong Kong.
27th April 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Automodel
   
Released in Hong Kong today are two of the four Kowloon Motor Bus liveried 11 metre Leyland Olympians from Automodel, first announced in July 2018. They are S3BL428 (FU 6538) on route 62X (36624) and S3BL462 (FW 2243) on route 81 (36625). Each is limited to 488 pieces.
25th April 2019

   
 
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Two further models have been announced today and both feature Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro400s - ATSE46 (RW5136) carries KMB's 86th anniversary livery and is on route 86 (KMB2019009) (750 pieces) whilst ATSE36 (RV7831) is on route 103 to Pokfield Road (KMB2019010) (550 pieces).

   
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In addition to the spate of newly announced models, Buses Model Co. has today announced it will release three versions of a 12 metre Kowloon Motor Bus liveried MCW Metrobus. They are as follows:-

Fleet no. 3M1  (CN870) on route 36A to Sham Shui Po Ferry (B3M1-36A)
Fleet no. 3M2 (CP5230) on route 42C to Lam Tin (B3M2-42C)
Fleet no. 3M3 (CS1204) on route 6 to Star Ferry (B3M3-06)
  
All are limited to 380 pieces.

     
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Thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, a full set of photographs has now been added for each of the above three KMB models above - just click on an image.
21st April 2019

 
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New photographs have just been added for the two KMB liveried 12-metre ECW bodied Leyland Olympians released yesterday by P&T Model. Both feature 3BL1 - that on the left is on route 80K to Yuen Chau Kok (DC1026) whilst that on the right is on route 89A to Kwun Tong Ferry (DC1027). Each is limited to 400 pieces.
20th April 2019

   
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 of Bournemouth Daily Echo
   
Totally off-topic (but that's just one of the advantages of being the site owner!) is the above photograph of Bournemouth Corporation trolleybuses at the Pier Approach on 19th April 1969 - the last day of trolleybus operation in the town.

There is, of course, a link between the town and a certain Hong Kong bus operator - no prizes for guessing!

   
 
Another anniversary is celebrated tomorrow, this being the 15th anniversary of the opening of MSD Bus shop in the Apple Mall at Tin Hau. Only last week did a visitor to my site ask for help in locating a certain model and within a couple of days, 
MSD Bus had located one - and the same story has been repeated many times over the years - well done Jacky.

   
Released in Hong Kong today are the two versions of Kowloon Motor Bus liveried ECW bodied Leyland Olympian 3BL1 from P&T Model (DC1026 and DC1027). 
19th April 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

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 of 80M Bus Model Shop

Details of the three models announced yesterday are as follows:-
 
3ATENU172 (VN7625) on route 307 to Ma On Shan Town Centre  (KMB2018095600 pieces
3ATENU177 (VP2261) on route 681 to Tai Po Central (KMB2018122) 600 pieces
AVBWU392 (TE8754) on route 281A to Kwong Yuen (KMB-M-2017028) 500 pieces
 

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BusLanes / Wonders Production Hong Kong

And thanks to BusLanes / Wonders Production Hong Kong I can share the photograph of the new Enviro500 mentioned in yesterday's news.
18th April 2019

It appears that three new Kowloon Motor Bus models are set for release shortly, according to KMB's Facebook page which advertises the opening of a 'pop-up' store from tomorrow (18th) until the 24th - it's whereabouts cannot at present be confirmed other than possibly in the Tai Po area! Two of the models feature red liveried 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s - one on route 681 and the other on route 307 - the third model is a champagne liveried 12 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL on route 281A. No other details are presently known.


It is reported that KMB has taken delivery of it's first 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 with a glass sided staircase.
17th April 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Terence Tong

Following yesterday's posting of a photograph of preserved ex-China Motor Bus Leyland Victory MK2 LV36, now
part of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum collection, a new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. This gives details of what a small group of enthusiasts from Hong Kong achieved last week.
15th April 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Dream Land

Kowloon Motor Bus celebrated it's 86th anniversary yesterday and to mark the occasion Alexander Dennis Enviro400 ATSE46 (RW5136) has received this all-over livery.

 
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My thanks to Alistair Liddle for allowing me to share his photographs, taken yesterday at Heysham Docks. Noted were seven KMB Streetdecks and one Long Wing example. Larger 'clickable' images are available.

 
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To conclude today's News update, pictured above is former China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 LV36 basking in the sunshine at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum last Friday. More details will be added tomorrow.
14th April 2019

  
It is confirmed that the two standard liveried Citybus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s are set for release tomorrow (13th April). Fleet no. 6419 is on route 10 to North Point (63347/CM154) whilst fleet no 6432 is on route 608 to Kowloon City (63348/CM155). 

   
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Tiny has released two further plain white models, these being a Daimler A (P18) and a DMS Fleetline (P22).
12th April 2019

   
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P&T Model has today announced two further versions of its 12 metre ECW bodied Leyland Olympian 3BL1, these being pictured above (DC1026 & DC1027)
11th April 2019

   
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Five new models from Model 1 have been announced today.  The first two feature New World First Bus 11 metre Volvo Olympians. VA38 (GV6192) is on route 38 (63513/20085) whilst VA5 (GE1766) is on route 81 (63514/20084). It is believed these are limited to 1,250 pieces each.
   
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And now the the news that has been long awaited - the first Cityflyer liveried 'facelift' Enviro500s are on their way in the form of :-

6823 (VD418) on route A11 (63350/CM158)  
6836 (VF9060) on route A20 (63351/CM159)
6811 (UP860) on route A29 (63352/CM160)

These are limited to 1,500 pieces each.
   
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And here is a superb shot of the actual 6811 on route A29
 
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not forgetting the actual 6823 on route A11

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

It is believed that the release of the above two Citybus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s, announced back in February, is imminent, with quantities being distributed within Citybus/New World First Bus. To recollect, fleet no. 6419 is on route 10 to North Point (63347/CM154) whilst fleet no 6432 is on route 608 to Kowloon City (63348/CM155).
10th April 2019

 
A livery I really liked - this Corgi Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident was released 20 years ago this month.
9th April 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

This resin Albion Chieftain Service vehicle from APEC, announced at the end of last month, was released in Hong Kong today (55902).
8th April 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Automodel

Automodel has confirmed that the four Kowloon Motor Bus liveried 11 metre Leyland Olympians, which were first announced back in July last year, are set for release shortly.

They will feature S3BL423 (FP 7359) on route 60X (36622), S3BL455 (FV 6212) on route 87D (36623), S3BL428 (FU 6538) on route 62X (36624) and S3BL462 (FW 2243) on route 81 (36625). The first two models will feature grey seating whilst the latter will feature brown seating.
7th April 2019

 
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 Network Shuttle
 
Model 1 has today announced it will release the above two models. The first (top) features the first model to carry HZM Bus livery, MB8532, a Marcopolo Audace 1050 bodied Scania K410iB4x2 (63706). The second features Citybus 6304 (TW9885), a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 with all-over advertising for Dragon Centre, which is on route 967 to Tin Shui Wai (N) (63349).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tiny

Tiny has just released this plain white 1/110 scale Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL (Box P13).
4th April 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tiny
 
Tiny has announced it will release a new 1/110 scale casting of a Kowloon Motor Bus 12 metre non air-con Dennis Dragon.
1st April 2019
 
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