- first announced in KMB's 'Today' magazine in mid June 2005, this
was released in Hong Kong on 1st July 2005. I believe the Corgi casting
represents a 'highbridge' Atlantean, and am surprised that KMB have
to base the model on one of their 'lowbridge' examples, especially when
they had 'highbridge' versions. Any comments?
- with the rapid expansion of the New Territories, and the opening of
first cross-harbour tunnel, KMB needed to acquire, at short notice, new
buses. The supply of new double-deck buses from the UK, from which Hong
Kong operators were obliged to use, was restricted following the
of one-man-operation in the UK and the subsequent bus grant which
these operators to replace their single-deckers with
therefore forced to acquire 115
second-hand buses, from various UK dealers. These were to varying
and included the first rear-engined buses for KMB. All received KMB
number commencing '2', denoting second-hand. 2L35 was originally new to
East Midlands Motor Services in 1959 and entered service with Hong Kong
in July 1973. It's life in service was short-lived, being withdrawn in
August 1975. These vehicles carried a predominantly cream livery with a
red skirt and a red band above above the front windscreen, similar to
applied to Ribble's 'Gay Hostess' vehicles.
information is extracted from Mike
Davis's excellent reference book
Kong Buses - Volume Two - Kowloon Motor Bus'