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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

The additional set of photographs, taken at the former China Motor Bus Depot at Chai Wan in January 2020 by Vincent Chong, have now been added to the  section of the site.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of GrantBus Gallery

Meanwhile, the Kowloon Motor Bus Depot at Tuen Mun is keeping busy with the arrival of new buses.  The top photograph shows 11.3 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s,  believed to be part of an order of 101 , whilst the lower photograph shows the first 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvo B8L, a total of 110 of this type is on order.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Shun Li

New pages have now been added for the three champagne liveried Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents released by BMCU on Tuesday. They feature ATR205 (JN1445) on route 40X to Wu Kai Sha Railway Station (BMCU40X), which, thanks to Shun Li, is pictured above, ATR289 (JU2300) on route 116 (BMCU116) and ATR252 (JS6669) on route 259D to Lung Mun Oasis (BMCU259D),

If anyone can provide an image of ATR289, or confirm it's destination, I would be most grateful.
30th April 2020

   

Believed to have been released last week are these two Kowloon Motor Bus liveried 11-metre Leyland Olympians from BMCU. S3BL470 (GB2444), nearest the camera, is on route 16 to Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) (BMCU16) whilst S3BL422 (FP8167) is on route 66 to Tai Hang (BMCU66).. As these are unlicensed products, they carry no fleetnames or logos.
 

Also released yesterday are the three champagne liveried Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents, again from BMCU. They feature ATR205 (JN1445) on route 40X (BMCU40X), ATR289 (JU2300) on route 116 (BMCU116) and ATR252 (JS6669) on route 259D (BMCU259D), which is pictured above. New pages will be added as soon as time allows.

 
Continuing the checking of the Model 1 catalogue, a further model has now been added to the site, this being a specially commissioned Kwoon Chung Bus Asia Aero bodied MAN A91 carrying decals for 'No Use Single Plastic Awareness Day', which occurred in Hong Kong on 30th May last year. The model was issued in July 2019 (63177). Unfortunately no photograph of the model is available - if anyone can provide further information, please either contact me by e-mail of via the site's Facebook page.

On the subject of this checking exercise, I am correcting any errors on this site as I find them, i.e. quantities, 'typos' in route numbers, destinations, etc. I know several collectors have either printed lists or spreadsheets that may be based on my information and, subject to enough demand, I may incorporate all these corrections into a list at the end of the exercise - but you will need to let me know either by e-mail or via the site's Facebook page.! 

 


Released 20 years ago today was this Corgi Leyland Victory Mk 2 in Kowloon Motor Bus predominantly red livery. It features G7 (BZ9778) on route 68 to Un Long (44802). It was limited to just the 5,000 pieces!!!


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

Following my recent feature on the soon to be demolished China Motor Bus Depot at Chai Wan, I am grateful to Vincent Chong for sending me a selection of photographs taken in January this year, one of which shows the reception area and is shown above. Further photographs will be added shortly.

29th April 2020

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung

And yet another Tiny 1/110 scale release, this time Kowloon Motor Bus ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 E6X42 (WL 9211) on route 89D to Wu Kai Sha Station (KMB2020001).


Photographs courtesy and copyright of Sfd135gr42gta1473

My thanks to Peter Harrison for advising me that Network Shuttle has recently updated its catalogue of Model 1 products and for providing me with an Excel spreadsheet comprising of this information. I am currently comparing this latest list with the information contained within this site. As a result, I have found a few errors on both the Network Shuttle list and on my lists. The errors vary from simple 'typos', which I am correcting as I find them to models that have been totally missed!

Two such omissions are the above two MAN/Gemilang models, released in August last year to mark the 30th anniversary of Gemilang. New pages have today been added for both and I am grateful to Sfd135gr42gta1473 for allowing me to share these excellent photographs. The first is a MAN A95 'facelift' Gemilang (63220) whilst the single-decker is a MAN A22 (NL323) (63241).

Further updates will be posted as the checking continues.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of TeemusPhoto.om

This photograph, entitled 'Probably the TALLEST tram in the world!' and posted this morning on the HK Tramways Facebook page, caught my attention and I am grateful to TeemusPhoto.com for allowing me to share it - the image is 'clickable'. 

 

Two of the 'most liked' photos posted on this site's Facebook page as part of April's 'Photo of the Day'. Each of these is 'clickable'.
28th April 2020

Tiny 1/110 scale releases dominate todays news and I am grateful to Dennis Leung for allowing me to share his photographs.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung

First is this Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L carrying trade plare and with a destination of 123 Hanover Displays (KMB2020003). 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung

Next comes this Friends of KMB decorated Volvo Olympian featuring AV255 (HH 9619) on route 61X to Tuen Mun Railway Station (KMB2020004).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung

Then it is Kowloon Motor Bus Gemilang bodied MAN A95 AMNF1 (UJ 5790) on route 269D to Tin Fu (KMB2020017).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Leung

And finally, this China Motor Bus Driver Training Bus liveried Daimler Fleetline T19 (CW 7787) (ATC64950).
27th April 2020

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of HKTransportNews

I can confirm that the above China Light & Power liveried Tiny 1/110 scale ADL Enviro500 has now been released (Box L23) as has the Kowloon Motor Bus 1/76th scale Hino Recovery Truck (Box 167).
 

Tiny has also announced some further releases, these being a China Motor Bus DMS type in all-over Draiver Training livery, a KMB Volvo Olympian with 'Friends of KMB' decals and a Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L.
26th April 2020

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has today announced no less than four ADL Enviro400 models, two in New Lantao Bus livery, which appear above along with Citybus and New World First Bus example, the latter being planned for release in the 3rd quarter of 2020 - no further details of these models are known. The New Lantao Bus models feature AD01 (BM 3218) on route 3M to Mui Wo Ferry Pier (63371) and AD02 (VR 1903) on route B4 with a destination of Airport (63372). 

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan



Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

As promised, I have tonight added a new page to the  section of the site that features a superb selection of photographs of the former China Motor Bus Depot at Chai Wan, which is set to be demolished shortly. My thanks to Donald MacRaeJoe Kwong of Jotus.comIsland Vintage Bus, regular contributor Philip Chan and The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group for allowing me to share their photographs. Just click on the logo to be taken to the page.
24th April 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has announced it plans to release, in the 3rd quarter of 2020, the above Discovery Bay liveried 11.3 metre Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart. It features DBAY135 (SR2398) on route 9A (63382).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

The former China Motor Bus depot in Chai Wan is soon to be demolished and the above photograph, taken earlier today, shows the erection of scaffolding in preparation. I plan on adding a new page to the  section of the site shortly that will include several photographs of the Depot.
22nd April 2020

   
More Tiny 1/110 scale models are on their way, including two Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls, one in Citybus livery on route 22 with a destination of Kai Tak Cruise terminal (ATC64905) and the other in New World First Bus livery on route 116 to Tsz Wan Shan (ATC64906). These are both unlicenced products. The third model features a 3-door 12-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon in Kowloon Motor Bus livery on route 101 to Kwun Tong (KMB202047).
21st April 2020

 

Yet another planned 1/110 scale release from Tiny is this unlicensed China Light & Power liveried ADL Enviro500 (Box L23 - ATC64810). It features fleet no. 317 (NV 7086)
20th April 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop
 
The first images of the Kowloon Motor Bus 87th anniversary model have been published. The model features Wrights Gemini 3 boded Volvo B8L V6B104 (WH 5413) on route 287X with a destination of Sha Tin (Shui Chun O) (KMB2020005). When released, it will be limited to just 830 pieces.

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Despite being registered on 27th December last year, Discovery Bay's DBAY179 (WN 3965), a Gemilang bodied MAN A66, did not enter service until Friday (17th April). Unusually this bus features adjustable coach seats and foot rests. The above image is 'clickable'.
19th April 2020

   
 
Today's 'Photo of the Day' on this site's Facebook page features a couple of Kowloon Motor Bus air-conditioned buses!


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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus has begun transferring a further batch of ADL Enviro 500 MMC 12M buses to New World First Bus, these being fleet nos. 
8525-8536, which have become fleet numbers 5840-5851 in their new fleet. The above photographs (which are 'clickable') show that Citybus 8533 (left) has become NWFB 5848. The first few buses being transferred happen to carry all-over advertising and therefore no repaint is needed!

   
My thanks to Peter Harrison for providing further information on the two Bachmann trams featured in yesterday's News update. It is believed they were issued in April 2012 and came with a choice of destinations, carry no fleet numbers and are without limited edition certificates.
18th April 2020

 

Two further Bachmann trams have been added to the Trams section of the site. CE00607 is in plain blue livery and CE00608 is in plain red. I am unsure of their release, or quantity. My thanks to Thorsten John from Germany for advising me of these.
17th April 2020

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Anthony's Bus Homepage

The arrival of Kowloon Motor Bus's first 11.3 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 - thanks to Anthony's Bus Homepage for allowing me to share his photographs.

Yesterday saw the arrival in Hong Kong of the first 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvo B8L (see below).



Tiny has announced another new 1/110 scale model, this being a 12 metre New World First Bus liveried ADL Enviro500 (Box L18 - ATC64993). It is an unlicensed model and as such it carries no fleetnames or logos and is on route 116. No other details are presently known.
16th April 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Sets of photographs for the three recently released Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls have now been received and these have tonight been added to the appropriate pages - just click on an image.
15th April 2020

   

Now available from 80M Bus Model Shop are these three licensed Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls. They feature V6B63 (WF 3175) on route N122 to Shau Kei Wan (KMB2019110), V6B15 (WB 9327) on route 868 to Sha Tin Racecourse (KMB2019111) and V6B53 (WF 653) on route 98D to Hang Hau North (KMB2019112). The above images are 'clickable' and new pages will be added shortly.

   
KMB 'DMS' 2D44 pictured at Star Ferry in 1981 on route 2C with a destination of 'Star Ferry'
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Hall

KMB 'DMS' 2D38 pictured in 2020 on route 2C with a destination of 'Star Ferry'
Photograph copyright of Oriental Model Buses


   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Anthony Poulton

One of the advantages of being 'The Boss' of this website is the fact I can post (within reason!)  anything I like!!!!

Well today I am doing just that - no relation whatsoever to Oriental Model Buses is this superb photograph, courtesy of Anthony Poulton, of Morebus ADL Enviro200 no. 232 (HF18 CGX) captured passing through the village of Corfe Castle. Route 40 operates 'the long way round' from Poole to Swanage, rather than over the Sandbanks-Studland Ferry. Usually operated by Purbeck Breezer liveried closed-top MCV Evoseti bodied Volvo B5TLs, as depicted below. The present ongoing situation has seen these Enviro200s, which under normal conditions are only found operating routes M1 and M2 (the main corridor between Poole and Bournemouth) operating a number of other routes. Double-deckers have been confined to the Depot! My thanks to Anthony Poulton for allowing me to share his photograph.
   
14th April 2020

   

Kowloon Motor Bus celebrates it's 87th anniversary today

13th April 2020

 
An interesting development today is the apparent removal of all MGG Workshop red Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls from sale in Hong Kong.

 

Two further Kowloon Motor Bus Neoplan Centroliners from NP Models have been released in China, these featuring AP61 (JU 2489) on route 66M to Tai Hing (NP1006) and AP102 (JX 2224) on route 265B to Tin Heng Estate (NP1007). Each is limited to 120 pieces.

As a result of the use of the product code NP1006, I have amended (or will shortly!) the product codes for the two pearlescent green versions, also only released in China, from NP1006A and NP1006B to NP1003A and NP1003B.

11th April 2020

 


Released in Hong Kong 20 years ago today was this Year of the Dragon liveried Citybus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident (44510).

 

Tiny's 1/76 scale Kowloon Motor Bus  Hino 700 recovery truck is set for release tomorrow (Box 167 - KMB2019061).

 
 
The KMB Hino didn't quite make it in time for inclusion in today's 'Photo of the Day' on this site's Facebook page!


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus 87th anniversary liveried Wrights Gemini 3 boded Volvo B8L V6B104 (WH 5413) seen earlier today.

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of MANBSP Photography

The first glimpse of what is thought to be KMB's first 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvo B8L - this image is 'clickable'.
10th April 2020

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Kowloon Motor Bus
 
To mark the company's 87th anniversary on 13th April, Kowloon Motor Bus has decorated Wrights Gemini 3 boded Volvo B8L V6B104 (WH 5413) in this colourful livery. The company has also announced a 1/76th scale model will follow, expected around May/June. 
9th April 2020


Today's update is again dominated by new Tiny 1/110 models.

Released today is the above Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander Dennis Enviro500 in 80th Anniversary livery. It features ATEU5 (NX 3426) on route 68X to Jordan To Wah Road (KMB2019062).

Forthcoming releases are a Transbus Enviro500 in Long Win Bus livery on route R8 (Box 111 - ATC64920) together with a Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler Fleetline DMS (Box 174 - KMB2019063).
8th April 2020

 
The three licensed Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L's announced back on 2nd December are set for release on 20th April. They feature V6B63 (WF3175) on route N122 to Shau Kei Wan (KMB2019110), V6B15 (WB9327) on route 868 to Sha Tin Racecourse (KMB2019111) and V6B53 (WF653) on route 98D to Hang Hau North (KMB2019112). A small number have been released already for those that pre-ordered.

 
 
Tiny has announced another new 1/110 model, this being a Kowloon Motor Bus 'Ma Pak Leung' liveried Enviro500. It features ATE10 (KY 6735) on route 26 to Tsim Sha Tsui (East) (KMB2019031).
7th April 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

The two resin Singapore liveried Mercedes-Benz 0405G articulated buses, first announced back on 28th January, are now available to pre-order at Jotus,com. Each is limited to 150 pieces - the top photograph shows the version in SMRT livery whilst the lower is in Trans Island Bus Services livery. The latter is expected to be available in late April/early May.
6th April 2020

   
 
Following Model 1's recent announcement that it planned to release two Stagecoach liveried Volvo Olympians later in the year, my records indicate only one such liveried vehicle has been issued to date, this being produced by Corgi back in January 1999. It featured fleet no. 8 (GK 3194) on route 801R to Shatin (43217). When Stagecoach ceased operations, this bus was acquired by Citybus and received fleet no. 507.
5th April 2020

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
MGG Workshop has today released two further Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls, these being V6B64 (WF 3464) on route K81S (MGG-B8K81S) and V6B83 (WG 1194) on route 102P (MGG-B8102P). 

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Simon Ayres
 
My thanks to Simon Ayres for allowing me to share his photographs of his National Express MAN A95 - truly stunning!! (the above images are 'clickable')
3rd April 2020

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 has announced it is to release (3rd quarter of 2020) two Stagecoach liveried 12 metre Volvo Olympians. Stagecoach fleet no. 11 (GK 3258) is on route 801R/802R to Shatin (63030) whilst Citybus fleet no. 508 (GK 4058) is on route 107 to Kowloon Bay (63031). 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

My thanks to Donald MacRae for allowing me to share his photograph of Stagecoach no. 11, taken in 1995 - a larger image can be found on the relevant page, along with an interesting story behind the registration of this bus.

   
   
Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this Tiny 1/110 scale 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 in Citybus 'Cityflyer' livery - minus the decals! It features 6837 (VM 4166) on route A26 to Yau Tong (Box L25 - ATC64884).

 
10 years ago today Big Bus Company introduced
a new route operating between Central (Star Ferry Pier) and S
tanley
1st April.
4 x Citybus 2500

2nd April
     

Continuing the daily posting of an 'ad hoc' image on this site's Facebook page, and in case you do not participate, here are the last two day's images.
2nd April 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

MGG Workshop has today released it's sixth version of it's Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L. V6B72 (WF 5768) is on route 42A. Like the version released last week (see 27th March) it too is fitted with luggage racks (MGG-B842A). 
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