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 AS1004 - MCW/Scania 'Metropolitan'
China Motor Bus
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The model - The second Metropolitan from AsianBus features MS1 in blue and cream livery and was released in both Hong Kong and the UK in September 2003. This model was imported into the UK by wholesalers John Ayrey Die-Casts, and was generally available at the time. In 2006, a variation of this model was offered to collectors of a Spanish Model magazine, and details of this model can be found at the bottom of this page. My thanks to Andrew Shirley for providing me with this information and photos.

The bus - China Motor Bus purchased two MCW-Scania 'Metropolitans' in 1975, namely Fleet Numbers MS1 and MS2. These buses were part of CMB's attempts to increase the 'spec' of vehicles operating on town routes, as well as being used for evaluation purposes.

Upon their arrival, in November 1975, they operated Cross-Harbour Tunnel route 102. Both were withdrawn in the late 1980's.

The above information has been extracted from Mike Davis's
excellent book Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus.

 
 Manufacturer of model  AsianBus
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype Chassis  MCW Scania
 Prototype Bodywork   -
 Prototype Length  9.7 metre
 Fleet No.  MS1
 Registration No.  BJ4860
 Route No.  103
 Destination  Wang Tau Hom
 Quantity (total)  1,008
 
    Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
?
 Date Released
 24th Sep 2003
28th Sep 2003

 
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MS2 sporting it's later blue and cream livery, 
taken at Chai Wan in November 1987
Photograph Sholto Thomas and
courtesy of Donald MacRae

 
Spanish Variation - Issued in 2006


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Andrew Shirley
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Andrew Shirley

This new version carries a fictitious registration number BJ4859. Other differences include a different route number, the removal of items like the rear view mirrors and some of the extra tampo printing found on the original.
 

 

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This page last updated Wednesday, 10th January 2007
 
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