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The coronavirus crisis in Hong Kong is having a severe impact on public transport patronage as a result of people staying at home. This has resulted in the bus companies using single deck buses for Western Harbour Tunnel routes to save the tunnel fee. Consequently, large numbers of buses are being stored - Citybus has a number of Cityflyer buses parked at Disneyland Car Park. There also appears to be a slow down of Transport Department vehicle registrations, resulting in new buses being stored pending registration. The above photographs were taken on 25th Feb at the Citybus Ocean Park depot. New 'Cityflyer' liveried buses up to fleet number 6871 were noted (6860 was the last registered). Fleet numbers between 6474 and 6488 were also sighted (6473 being the last registered).
29th February 2020

   
Holiday over and now time to catch up with the news in my absence ...............

Photograph courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

The three New World First Bus Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs from Go Idea were released on 20th February. They are, from top to bottom, Fleet no. 5200 (UH7961) on route 2 to Central (Macau Ferry) (20089), fleet no. 5209 (UJ405) on route 701 to Mong Kok (20090) and fleet no. 5221 (UL3677) on route 109 to Ho Man Tin (20091).  New photographs for each will be added shortly.

     
Automodel released four Macau liveried Mitsubishi Fuso Rosas on 25th February

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Top left - R324 (MQ-70-91) on route 28C - Euro 4 version (36627)

Top right - R348 (MT-11-84) on route 16 Lower Wan Market
- Euro 5 Version (36629)

Bottom left - MW-39-06 on route 6B 
(36630)

Bottom right - 1090 MW-37-22 on route 28B  
(36631)

New pages will be added as soon as time allows.



 
Tiny have now released the Kowloon Motor Bus champagne liveried 12.8 metre 'ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 (Box 63 - KMB2019099), the 'Yan's Ice Cream' Leyland Victory Mk 2 (ATC64602) mentioned in the News update on 31st January and finally a 'Red A' liveried China Motor Motor Bus Daimler Fleetline (DMS), which features XF119 (CW2863) on route 5B to Causeway Bay (Box 64 - ATC64806). All are to 1/110 scale.

Three new 1/110 scale models announced include two 11 metre Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians (unlicenced), one in Citybus livery featuring 9041 (HP9730) on route 85 to North Point
(Box L21 - ATC64891) whilst the other features New World First Bus VA51 (HN8481) but whilst on loan to KCRC - it carries a fleet number of K216 and is on route 506 (Box  L20 - ATC64890). The third model features a Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes Benz 0.305 (KMB2020008).

My thanks to Steve Walsh for providing the above information on the Tiny models.

28th February 2020

   
   
Released in Hong Kong today is this Tiny 1/110 scale New World First Bus liveried ADL 12m 'facelift' Enviro500. It features 5778 (VW9857) on route 722 to Central (Ferry Piers). It is an unlicensed product and therefore carries no fleetnames or logos (L14 - ATC64756). The Tiny Index Page has been updated accordingly.
13th February 2020

   
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Following my appeal below (see 10th Feb) for further information on former China Light and Power Volvo Olympian 316, which has recently returned to Hong Kong, I am grateful to Bob Belcher for sending me the above shots - that on the left was taken on 10th April 2011 at the London Bus Museum Cobham Gathering whilst that on the right was taken on 18th April 2018 operating a school run in Burford (images are 'clickable').
12th February 2020

   



Two new YouTube videos have just been posted by Simon Ayres which feature the model buses of Citybus (approx. 45mins) and New World First Bus (approx. 36 mins). In each video Simon gives a detailed background of the bus company before moving on the the models themselves, when he provides information about the actual bus type modelled, with of course excellent photography, and details of the model itself. Below are screenshots from each. Just click on either of the above images.





   
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Recently released is this Tiny 1/110 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL with all-over Aeon advertising. It features AVBU58 (PS 9654) on route 243M to Mayfair Garden (KMB2019060).
   
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.... and here is the real bus!




Released 20 years ago this month is this Collector's Model Kowloon Motor Bus Pokémon liveried Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon
a super model that remains one of my favourites (DA102B)



New World First Bus ADL Enviro500 fleet no. 5550 (RK4924) is believed to be undergoing conversion to part open-top.
11th February 2020

   
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Another former Hong Kong bus arrived back in Hong Kong yesterday from the UK. This time it is a 12-metre Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian, new to China Light & Power in October 1994 as fleet no. 316 (GE5021). It was acquired by Citybus in 1997 and returned to the UK in 2006.
 

It appeared at the 2006 Showbus event in the attractive livery of Beestons, having been registered M129 BNO. It was subsequently acquired, in 2009, by Kinches of Minety before passing to Mortons of Chineham in 2011, where is was registered D17 BUS. Subsequent owners were Steve Stockdale and Pulham's Travel. Any further information on this bus would be welcome.

10th February 2020

   

Set for release on 8th February is the second 1/110 scale 'metallic finish' 12.8 m ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 from Tiny, this time in Long Win Bus livery. It features 1551 (WA9954) with a destination of 'LWB' (KMB2019117).
6th February 2020



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I am grateful to Brian Chan for advising me of four Automodel releases not previously recorded on this site. All feature champagne liveried Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs and all are believed to have been issued during 2018. Being unlicensed products they carry no fleetnames or logos.

They are, top to bottom:- AVBWU395 (TF6492) is on route 5R with a destination of Kwun Tong apm, AVBWU415 (TM3362) is on route 30X to Whampoa Garden, AVBWU388 (TE4351) is on route 74X to Tai Po Central and AVBWU340 (SX3428) is on route N260 to Tuen Mun Pier Head. New pages for each will be added shortly.


 
Another Tiny 1/110 scale release is this unlicensed Citybus 'Cityflyer' liveried ADL Enviro500NG. It features 8057 (ST9234) on route A22 to Lam Tin MTR (ATC64723).

5th February 2020

 

A very recent publication, which I received today, is the above book by Gary Seamarks. It is published by Amberley Publishing and comes in softback form, measuring approximately 160mm x 284mm with 96 pages and 180 colour photographs. Further details and photographs will be added shortly.

   
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Totally off-topic is news of two plastic 1/87 scale Routemasters from Brekina, one open-top and one closed. Green and red liveries are planned for the closed-top whilst the open-top will feature a sightseeing livery. My thanks to omnibus.news for this information - take a look at their site for details of other news from the Nuremburg Toy Fair.

3rd February 2020

   
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Some historic Kowloon Motor Bus vehicles on display today in Hong Kong (all images are 'clickable').
2nd February 2020

   
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80M Bus Model Shop

On general release today is this 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2 from Tiny. It features G127 (CD4320) on route 70 to Jordan Road Ferry and is limited to 1,000 pieces (KMB2019120). A full set of photographs has been received from 80M Bus Model Shop and these have now been added.


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80M Bus Model Shop

The first 'quality' photographs of Tiny's 1/110 scale 12.8 metre Kowloon Motor Bus ADL 'facelift' Enviro500, which went on sale today and, I am reliably informed, promptly sold out.
1st February 2020
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