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63030 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
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The model - this is one of two Stagecoach liveried models announced by Model 1 on 2nd April 2020 and released on 30th July 2020. The other features GK4058, formerly fleet no. 9 in the Stagecoach fleet, before becoming Citybus 508 (63031).

The bus - Stagecoach Hong Kong commenced operation of Resident's Services in January 1994, initially with a fleet of five Volvo B10Ms with air-conditioned Alexander PS bodies. These were joined in 1995 by six 12 metre tri-axle Volvo Olympians with Volvo engines and Alexander 'R' type air-conditioned bodies capable of carrying 110 seated and 37 standing passengers. They operated on routes 801R and 802R between Shatin in the New Territories and Wanchai, Admiralty and Central (Sheung Wan) on Hong Kong Island.

Fleet no. 11  was first registered on 4th May 1995. When Stagecoach ceased operations in 1996, all six Olympians were sold to Citybus and GK3258 received the new fleet no. 510 (the batch receiving fleet nos. 505-510).

Interestingly, soon after it's acquisition by Citybus, 510 received a new registration number of GW1534, as the number 3258 was deemed to be unlucky according to Chinese culture. The number 32 is considered to be a good number, representing teamwork, the number 5 is considered to have the meaning 'no' and the number '8' denotes good luck and wealth, so in all the number can be interpreted as the business will not be a success.
 Manufacturer of model  Model 1
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  11
 Registration number  GK3258
 Route number  801R/802R
 Destination  Shatin
 Quantity  688
 Date released - Hong Kong  30th July 2020

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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

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Stagecoach HK No 11 - Shatin, October 1995
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

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