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Confirmation that the Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'C' type D296 (AD4752) mentioned below (see News 25th) was released on 28th (KMB2019019). A new page with a full set of photographs, thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, has now been added.
30th September 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
Today Citybus invited members of the Hong Kong Transport Society to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary and some photographs of the event have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
 
Following yesterday's Tiny update, the company has today announced it is to release this Long Win Bus version.

Long Win Bus 301 (JV7629) was the sole Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident in the Long Win fleet. It was first registered on 5th December 2000 and it was a replacement for  an Alexander bodied Trident (197) that was lost in a fire in July 1999.

It is believed this model will be available from 7-Eleven stores in Hong Kong from 2nd October.

28th September 2019

 
 UPDATE

1/110 Scale

Released yesterday in Hong Kong was Box 185 (KMB2019002), Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident ATR160 (JD3231) on route 23 to Kwun Tong Ferry.

Other recent releases for which photographs are currently unavailable are:-

Box 120L (KMB2018085) Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU472 (UN5648) on route 284 to Sha Tin Central..

'20th Log-on' special (KMB2019035) Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian AV38 (GE2641) on route 82M Kowloon Tong Railway Station.

1/76 Scale


A new page has been added for the Kowloon Motor Bus Hino 700 recovery truck (Box 167) announced earlier this month.

My thanks to regular contributor Steve Walsh for the above information, details of which have been added to the Tiny page.

27th September 2019

 

Currently being offered for pre-order to Citybus staff are these 40th anniversary models. Two are to 1/76 scale and two to 1/120 scale.

All represent 12.8-metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s - in respect of the 1/76 scale models, fleet no. 6493 (VB9800), in the pale yellow livery, is on route 1 (CM161) whilst fleet no. 6495 (VD980), in the canary yellow livery, is on route 182 (CM162). These are limited to 1,388 pieces each.

The 1/120 models are each limited to 2,000 pieces and are on the same routes as their larger counterparts.

26th September 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
 80M Bus Model Shop

Available to pre-order on the 80M Bus Model Shop website is this Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'C' type D296 (AD4752) on route 50 to Un Long (KMB2019019).

 
Wrightbus enters administration

About 1,200 Wrightbus workers have been made redundant after the company entered administration.
Just 50 jobs will be retained at the firm - the last UK-owned bus manufacturer - administrators said.

The company had suffered cash flow problems and had sought investment or a new owner and talks with two potential buyers of the firm, best known for building the New Routemaster, known as the "Boris Bus", failed to reach a conclusion last week. Deloitte, the firm's administrator, said the lack of a buyer for Wrightbus had caused the redundancies.

The Wright family, who founded Wrightbus in 1946, said "global changes from diesel to electric in bus technology have caused a sharp decline in demand for buses in the UK".
In a statement, the family said that it moved work from its facility in Malaysia to Ballymena in a bid to secure local jobs. "These factors have resulted in significant losses at Wrightbus which our family have been covering for a over a year."
25th September 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Martin Wong

A new page has tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site that includes photographs from yesterday's Citybus 40th Anniversary event.

 
The Company has also added a special 40th Anniversary section to it's website which contains some excellent information and photographs, just follow this link..

I am reliably informed that models of the above ADL Enviro500s will be announced by Citybus shortly.

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Ray Ng
 
Thanks again to Ray Ng for providing a full set of photographs of each of the two recently released New World First Bus 11-metre Volvo Olympians VA38 and VA5 and these have tonight been added to their respective pages, (63513/20085) and (63514/20084).
24th September 2019

Citybus celebrates it's 40th Anniversary today

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Albion Kwok


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Some minor alterations to my loft to mark today's event - now wouldn't it be nice to have another 'set'?
 
23rd September 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of NP Model

I can confirm that the two champagne liveried Neoplan Centroliners from NP Model were released on Thursday (19th). These feature AP48 (JT1542) (top) on route 968 to Yuen Long (West) (NP1001) whilst AP128 (JZ3928) is on route 277X to Ping Tin (NP1002). Each is limited to 750 pieces. My thanks to 'Lo' for providing photographs of AP48.
22nd September 2019

   

Automodel has announced no less than six Toyota Rosa models, all featuring Macau liveries, details are which are :-
36626 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 4/ Yellow & Blue) - R323 rt.17
36627 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 4/ Yellow & White) - R324 rt.28C
36628 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 5/ Yellow & Blue) - R333 rt.9
36629 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 5/ Yellow & White) - R348 rt.16
36630 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 5/ Red & Maroon) - MW-39-06 rt.6B
36631 - 1/76 Macau Fuso Rosa (Euro 5/ Green & Yellow) - 1090 rt.28B

18th September 2019

 
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With the arrival today of Model 1's New World First Bus lowheight Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident, I thought a line-up of 'Peak' buses, past and present, was in order! The image is 'clickable'.


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Released in Hong Kong today is the Berkhof bodied MAN 24.310 from APEC featuring
AMN9 (JM3524) on route 52X to Mong Kok Park Avenue (63001). Being an unlicenced product, it carries no fleetnames or logos.



Tiny has announced that it is planning to issue the above 1/76th scale  model, believed to be in diecast form, of Kowloon Motor Bus Hino recovery truck RF2119 (KMB2019061), subject to approval from KMB. This vehicle was issued in resin by Automodel back in 2016, just follow this link.
17th September 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers
 
Citybus has started to apply 40th anniversary decals to it's buses and ADL Enviro400 7055 (RY8397) is one such bus to receive the additional logos.
17th September 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Sfd135gr42gta1473

Two further commissioned models for Gemilang, these marking the company's recent 30th anniversary. The centre photograph features a 12.8 metre 'facelift' MAN ND323F (A95) with Lion's City (Gemilang) three-door bodywork. The bottom photograph features a MAN NL323F, also in a three-door layout. My thanks to Sfd135gr42gta1473 for allowing me to share these photographs. The models are produced by Model 1.
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Sfd135gr42gta1473

and a couple more!
15th September 2019

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ray Ng

My special thanks to Ray Ng, a regular contributor of bus model photographs, who has sent me a selection of photos of these New World First Bus lowheight Dennis Tridents. The above is just a taster of his photos, taken purely for publishing on my site, The remainder will be added as soon as time allows.
Left to right:- 
3351 (KS 1615) on route 14 to Stanley Fort (63492/20087), 3301 (JH 6164 ) on route 15 to The Peak (63493/20088) and 3330 (JJ 7481) on route 9 to Shek O (63491/20086

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
My thanks also to regular contributor of 'real' bus photographs Philip Chan, for providing the above photographs of New World First Bus Olympians VA38 and VA5, the subjects of the recently released model from Model 1. Larger images have been added to the respective pages, (63513/20085) and (63514/20084).
 

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan


 

The champagne liveried Neoplan Centroliner from NP Model - unsure if this has actually been released.



MSD has updated it's Facebook page with a few new photographs, just to whet the appetite of anyone either visiting it's shop in person or looking for something particular on-line. Jacky, the owner, is most helpful in searching out any models you may be missing, as witnessed by several recent recommendations. For more information, just follow this link.
14th September 2019

     
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Shu Tou

My thanks to Shu Tou for allowing me to share his photographs of the new two-axle Wrights Streetdeck for Kowloon Motor Bus.
 
Noted on the excellent Across website is the registration today of either this vehicle, or a similar one, with a fleet number of W6S1 (WJ198).

12th September 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

I can confirm that the two Model 1 New World First Bus 11-metre Volvo Olympians have been released in Hong Kong today They are, top to bottom:-

VA38 (GV 6192) on route 38 to Chi Fu Fa Yuen (63513/20085)

VA5 (GE 1766) on route 81 to Hing Wah Estate (63514/20084
Both are limited to 1,250 pieces,

Also released today are the three lowheight New World First Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents, also from Model 1 :-

3330 (JJ 7481) on route 9 to Shek O (63491/20086)

3351 (KS 1615)  on route 14 to Stanley Fort (63492/20087)
3301 (JH 6164 ) on route 15 to The Peak (63493/20088)
All are limited to 1,433 pieces,
11th September 2019

 
Photograph copyright of The Transport Photo Interchange

A rare early colour photograph (photographer unknown) of Citybus (City Buses as it was then known) D5, recently acquired from the copyright holder, The Transport Photo Interchange.

D5 was one of six former Bournemouth Corporation Weyman bodied Daimler Fleetline CRG6-30 acquired by Citybus in 1979. Originally numbered 192 (CRU 192C) in the Bournemouth fleet, she was new in July 1965, as the extract from my British Bus Fleets 'South Central' book shows.


 
She was the first of these six buses to be registered in Hong Kong, on 24th August 1979, and was withdrawn in 1986.
 


EFE produced a model of sister vehicle D4 (CA8427), in the later canary yellow livery back in 1998 (23504).


 
The release of Model 1's five New World First Bus models (three lowheight Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents and two 11-metre Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians) is imminent with several UK customers being notified that their models are on their way.
9th September 2019

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus continues to receive it's 12.8m ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s, with E6X28 (the latest) being registered on 4th September. Some of these are fitted with white destination displays, E6X25 (WH7680) being one such example, having been registered on 2nd September. In contrast, E6X16 (WH4230) registered on 21st August, displays the standard orange display.
 

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8th September 2019

   


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The first release from ABC Models was issued 20 years ago today (000101)
7th September 2019

 
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APEC is to release a model of a Kowloon Motor Bus Berkhof bodied MAN 34.310. It features AMN9 (JM3524) on route 52X to Mong Kok Park Avenue (63001). Being an unlicensed product, it carries no fleetnames or logos.
6th September 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus enthusiast's diary

The above photograph of China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 LV59 (CJ9245), recently posted by Bus enthusiast's diary, prompted me re-visit the Collector's Model release of this bus back in 1999 (V104A), and reminded me just how difficult it was to remove the model from it's plinth owing to lots of pieces of twisted wire!!!
 

3rd September 2019
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