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I am now on holiday until Thursday 26th May. There will be no updates during this time, but do please e-mail me any news items in my absence and these will be added upon my return. 
13th May 2022

 

The above new page has just been added to the XTRA section of site - just click on the image. 
11th May 2022

   
The 80M Bus Model Shop has updated it's website with the four new models mentioned below, all of which can be ordered by overseas customers.
 
Since posting the above at 9.18 this morning, the website now shows 'sold out' on both models (12.20pm).
   
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© Felix Fung
   
My thanks to Felix Fung for allowing me to share a selection of his photographs of the two Sun Bus StreetDeck models that went on general release today - more have been added to the relevant pages. XH3328 is on the left (KMB2021108) and XH7857 is on the right (KMB2021109)..
   
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© Dav Hung
 
And, thanks to Dav Hung, here are the two Kowloon Motor Bus Caetano bodied Scania K310UDs also released today - ASU19 on the left
(KMB2021020) and ASU22 on the right (KMB2021021). 
  10th May 2022

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© Leo Kwok
   
Kowloon Motor Bus continues to register its new 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s. The first to carry 'XZ' prefixes were registered on 3rd May (E6X161-164) and the latest is E6X172 (6th May). Photographed earlier today are E6X161 (left) and E6X162 (right).

 
The 'OMB' logo has appeared in the May edition of Buses magazine!
 
Unfortunately, the retailer who has used my photograph, which carries the OMB watermark, has done so without my permission and also appears to have stretched the photograph to make it fit the advertisement!
9th May 2022

   
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10 years ago today saw the last day of operation of KMB's 'hot dogs' and pictured above are a few of the buses that operated in service that final day.
8th May 2022

 
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© 80M Bus Model Shop
 
80M Bus Model Shop has updated it's website with the four new models mentioned below, all of which can be pre-ordered.
 
F
irst come the two 10.6 metre Sun Bus Wright StreetDecks. XH3328 (top) has a destination of 'WRIGHT' (KMB2021108) whilst XH7857 is on route 331 with a destination of Noah's Ark (KMB2021109). Each is limited to 650 pieces.
   
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Pictured above are the two Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310Us. 
ASU19 (PC7322) (top) is on route 38 to Kwai Shing (East) (KMB2021020) whilst ASU22 (PC6429) (bottom) is on route X42C to Express > Tsing Yi (KMB2021021). Each is limited to 700 pieces.
 
New pages and further photographs have now been added.

   
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© Philip Chan

Citybus's electric double-decker was captured earlier today at Central Ferry Pier. The bus is visiting various districts in Hong Kong for promotional purposes and it is expected to enter service in the summer.
 
I am planning to add further photographs of this bus to a new page in the XTRA section of the site shortly.
7th May 2022

 
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© Dennis Cheng
 
I am grateful to Dennis Cheng for allowing me to share his photographs of this new Sun Bus StreetDeck. As reported below, this is one of two Sun Bus StreetDecks and this model features XH7857 on route 331 with a destination of Noah's Ark. It is limited to 650 pieces and produced by 80M Bus Model (KMB2021109). A new page and further photographs have now been added.

   
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My thanks to BusLanes for allowing me to share the above photographs of the recently arrived 12.8 metre Wright Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls for Kowloon Motor Bus.
 
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And another shot taken soon after unloading at the docks.
6th May 2022

 
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©Tom Torrance

My thanks to Tom Torrance for allowing me to share his photographs of the Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvo B8Ls at Southampton earlier today.

   
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© Philip Chan
 
Tomorrow is the last day of service for these Metro Cammell MTR trains built in the 1980s. They underwent refurbishment in the late 1990s which was carried out by Alstom.

5th May 2022

   
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© Dave Rogers
 
Noted yesterday at Southampton Docks were these 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvo B8Ls. My thanks to Dave Rogers for allowing me to share his photograph.

 
Meanwhile, new arrivals in Hong Kong are some 12.8 metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls.

 
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced several new models today, four of which feature 1/76th scale buses.
 
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The first two feature 10.6 metre Sun Bus Wright StreetDecks. XH7857 is on route 331 with a destination of Noah's Ark whilst XH3328 has a destination of 'WRIGHT'. Next come two Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310UDs, ASU19 (PC7322) on route 38 to Kwai Shing (East) and ASU22 (PC6429) on route X42C to Tsing Yi Express. 

   
Many congratulations to my local football team, AFC Bournemouth, who will return to the Premier League next season, having secured promotion last night.
4th May 2022

   
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© Philip Chan
   
One Bus Project Studio recently organised a small bus rally in the New Territories at which nine former Hong Kong buses attended. I am grateful to regular contributor Philip Chan for providing the photographs.                                                                

2nd May 2022
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