- details of this model emerged at the beginning of September 2005, with
a planned release date, in the UK, of October. The model was released in
Hong Kong on or around 23rd November 2005, with a UK release date now expected
in December 2005 or January 2006.
The bus - Citybus ordered 12 Alexander bodied 11-metre Leyland Olympian air-conditioned coaches in 1988. These were delivered in 1989 and featured coach seats, soft trim and curtains. These coaches were used on the cross-border service to Shenzhen as well as residential commuter routes. Windows were of the gasket type, with radiused corners. Further orders were placed, and these later batches are easily identified by their bonded windows.
|Manufacturer of model||Creative Master Northcord Ltd.|
|Prototype chassis||Leyland Olympian ON3R49C18Z4|
|Prototype bodywork||Alexander 'R' Type|
|Prototype length||11 metre|
|Fleet number||13642 (ex-Citybus 116 )|
|Registration number||H625 LNA (ex-EF8850)|
|Quantities (if known)||
CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD - PRESS RELEASE
May be published immediately in full or in précis - Date: 3rd November 2005.
2006 : MAGICBUS
Tri-axle Leyland Olympian / Alexander Coach
“LOW FARES” and “GREAT VALUE” are the slogans of the MagicBus service operated by Stagecoach. Creative Master Northcord Limited is proud to release the first MagicBus livery on its well-known 11-metre, tri-axle Leyland Olympian / Alexander R-type coach model.
The model represents Stagecoach Manchester
13642 (H625 LNA) in MagicBus livery that formerly operated with Citybus
in Hong Kong as its 116 (EF 8850). This coach features the gasket glazing
that was fitted to the first twelve 11m coaches that Citybus bought.
Although most of the former Citybus 11m coaches have served on the Megabus network, the arrival of new Neoplan coaches rendered some Olympians surplus to the requirements of the Megabus fleet, and toilets were not needed on these.
13642 was one of seven that entered service on MagicBus routes in Manchester. Their high seating capacity makes them ideal for use on route 142, 192 or 216.
As on the previous successful hkbus 2000 series models produced by CMNL, hkbus 2006 has many innovative designs on the tooling, some of which were seen for the first time on a CMNL double-deck model. The replica features excellent detailing, inside and out, including all handrails on board and detailed, individual air-vents above the seats. Of note is the improved upper-deck ceiling detail that features the correct colours of the prototype coach. The most remarkable accuracy is seen on the front dome that represents this feature of the Alexander R type bodywork.
Once again, this is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application. The model has no ugly metal poles to hold it together.
The hkbus 2006 model is limited to 1600 pieces worldwide. They will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) and Porte Publishing Company (Japan).
Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)
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