- Released in Hong Kong on 19th November 2009 is the third variation of
Drumwell's air-conditioned Leyland Victory Mk 2 casting. This example
shows the vehicle in the special livery applied whilst in the UK.
The bus -
CM3879 was one of over 500 Leyland Victory Mk2s to enter service with Kowloon
Motor Bus, but was unique in that it was the only one to be classified
as a coach, it was fitted with air-conditioning and had coach seats.
It is easy to distinguish from the standard Victory Mk2 in that the three
rear lower deck side windows are shallower than the others, as a result
of a raised floor. The vast majority of these buses were shipped
to Hong Kong in kit form, for building in Hong Kong by the local workforce,
however CM3879 was shipped fully built. Prior to leaving the UK,
it appeared at a Hong Kong exhibition in London, at which time it carried
a distinctive yellow and cream livery (a colour photograph of this livery
appears in the book 'Leyland Victory 2' by Danny Chan and Tin Yau Lee,
published by Northcord Transport). On arrival in Hong Kong, it entered
service in April 1981 carrying KMB's standard coach livery, but unusually,
was not allocated a fleet number. The air-conditioning proved unreliable
and troublesome, and by May 1983, CM3879 had had its air-con equipment
removed and re-entered service as a bus, being allocated fleet number G544.
The above information has been extracted
from Mike Davis's
excellent book Hong
Kong Buses - Kowloon Motor Bus.