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43205 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
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The model - this model appeared in Corgi's 'The Original Omnibus Company' July - December 1997 catalogue and is shown as carrying 'Network 26' branding. The release of the model was delayed until June 1998, by which the 'standard' Citybus livery had been chosen in preference to 'Network 26'. Again, the scale length of 11 metres is incorrect. 

The bus - The Olympian has been part of the Citybus fleet since 1985, when Citybus purchased its first air-conditioned double-deck bus. Since then, over 500 Olympians have been purchased, all of which are air-conditioned. There are three variations in length, with the 12 metre version being the current Citybus standard.

These buses work on a wide variety of routes in the territory, including high frequency local routes and longer distance express routes. Route 930, featured on this model, was one of the first to operate the new Western Harbour Crossing and now carries almost 300,000 passengers per month.

Fleet No 521 is a 12 metre Volvo Olympian and entered service on 19th February 1997 

 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander Royale
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  521
 Registration number  HA 9804
 Route number  930
 Destination  Tsuen Wan
 Commissioned by  Citybus
 Quantity (total)  8,800
      Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
 Date released
June 1998

Peter Harrison has kindly sent me details, including the scanned image shown above, of his weekend acquisition at a swapmeet in the West Country. It features Corgi's Leyland Olympian (43205) in the standard Citybus livery, but with an additional Dragon motif added to both the nearside and offside. The Dragon motif is that applied to the nearside of Corgi's Volvo Olympian (43222), the KMB Dragon Boat Festival model. 

In all other respects, it is a standard issue of 43205, the certificate being the same. 

Has anyone else come across this variation, or can anyone shed any further light on this subject? 

14th March 2001

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Photograph courtesy of Gareth Jones

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