|The model -
The fifth China Motor Bus 'LM' class Olympian (LM4) from Buses Model Co.
carries an all-over 'Save Our Seas' livery and was released in Hong Kong
on 28th September 2003.
- to enhance public awareness about our environment, WWF Hong Kong launched
a WWF Hong Kong Green Bus Competition in October 1995. The competition
was divided into three categories - Primary, Secondary and Open with themes
set on "Save Our Seas", "Discover Mai Po" and "Invest in Our Future" respectively.
The winning designs were painted on three double-deck buses to carry the
important message of environmental conservation to different parts of the
The winner of the Primary section was a Primary
Six student aged 12. His winning design had converted the bus into a giant
whale swimming happily with many other varieties of marine life. The young
artist said that whales were the largest creature in the ocean and the
umbrella of other marine life, and humans should be the ones to protect
the environment. The Green Bus with the winning design of "Save Our Seas"
category operated from Sheung Wan to Ma On Shan.
LM4 was one of a batch of ten - CMB's last
non-air conditioned buses. These ten vehicles entered service during December
1993. All ten vehicles were transferred to New World First Bus in September
1998, however, as part of that Company's policy of withdrawal of non air-con
buses, the whole batch was withdrawn early in 2000.
In July 2000, the batch arrived back in
the UK, having been completely refurbished, repainted and converted to
single door, for operation by First PMT. They were subsequently transferred
to First Manchester, operating mainly on route 17 from Manchester Arndale
Centre to Rochdale.