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Released in Hong
Kong today is the second
Creative Master Northcord Leyland Olympian coach ( hkbus-2003
), this example carrying Citybus Cross Border decals. Limited to 1,800
pieces, it is on route no. 88 to Central.
With the increasing popularity of Fotopic sites, I have decided to add a new section to my Links page to include those that have a Hong Kong link. A few are listed to start off with, but if you come across any others, please e-mail me .
29th March 2004
Just received is the above photograph of KMB Duple-Metsec bodied Trident ATR213 in all-over Brother livery.
24th March 2004
|Following the announcement
and photos below of the Brother
liveried Dragon, I am now able to provide some further details, thanks
to Brother themselves. 1,000 models were commissioned by Brother to
to it's dealers in Hong Kong and Japan. The model is not being released
generally. I am also informed that two actual buses are carrying this
and I hope to be able to post a photograph of one of these
20th March 2004
A couple of corrections to yesterdays updates:-
The photo of KMB Driver Training 3BL should read 3BL3 and not 3BL2.
18th March 2004
Released in Hong
Kong today is Citybus Dennis
Trident 2108 carrying 'Year of the Monkey' livery (OM44401),
which is limited to 2,000 pieces.
New photographs of Megabus.com vehicles have been added, thanks to Keith Wood, and these appear on the appropriate page in the Xtra section of the site. A table has also been added to this page which aims to assist conversion between UK and Hong Kong identities. If you can provide any of the missing details, please e-mail me.
Further to the news below about KMB releasing a second version of the their 3BL, the above photograph shows 3BL3 in Driver Training livery, albeit with a revised front grille, but showing clearly the opening side window arrangement.
17th March 2004
As reported on
this site on 14th November last year, Citybus No.105, a 12-metre
Leyland Olympian, has been purchased by a private owner here in the UK.
The new owner is Dave Rogers, who already owns Citybus No.102, and both
vehicles are pictured above. 105 arrived in the UK last weekend and
further details and photos can be found in Dave
are to release a second version
of their KMB 12 metre Leyland Olympian. It is believed this will
one of the first batch delivered (Fleet Nos. 3BL2-21) which feature a
grille and sidelight/indicator arrangement, and side windows that are
of the full-depth sliding type, thus eliminating the need for internal
safety rails. It is on cross harbour route 111 and quantities
limited to 3,000.
I've also been
informed that the second version
of Wright bodied AVW model is scheduled to be released in either March
I am advised that the Megabus service between Bournemouth & London is now being operated by a single deck coach, owing to low loadings. Checking today, I can confirm that this was the case, and the vehicle (PSU 788) was carrying full Megabus livery.
12th March 2004
Best Choose have released the above diaroma featuring CMB Guy Arab AC4717 (02045S), converted to a cash vault vehicle. It is limited to just 500 models and the retail price is expected to be HK$268.
11th March 2004
Creative Master Northcord Ltd. yesterday issued a Press Release in respect of two Trident models in the UKBUSxxx series, further details of which can be found at British Model Buses. Included in this release was mention of JB1006, a Mitsubishi Fuso Non-Step Citybus for Sapporo Citybus, which reads:-
"Whilst CMNL had
anticipated being able to
release some of its JB1006 product onto the open market, the entire
run was purchased by a single agent. Consequently, CMNL deeply regrets
that no models of JB1006 will be available for the Hong Kong or UK
or collector market by open sale."
Further details and photos can be found on the new page for this model.
10th March 2004
I would like to personally thank Stuart Dobie, former Marketing Manager of Citybus, who has recently left the Company, following the merging of the management of New World First Bus and Citybus.
Stuart had worked for Citybus for 11 years. When I launched this site back in 1998, Stuart actually contacted me and began providing the information that was second to none - the sort of information that I had attempted to prise out of other operators/manufacturers - such as HK and UK quantities, details and photos of planned models, plus lots more - most without success. He consistently provided this information throughout the 5-year period I have known him.
Not content with this, during both my visits to Hong Kong, he has, in his own time, arranged visits to Citybus Depots.
I am very sorry to see Stuart leave, but wish him every success for the future, and offer him a big THANK YOU on behalf of all the visitors to my site that have benefited from all the information provided by him over the years.
8th March 2004
Further to News item on Monday 1st March regarding the expansion of routes by Megabus.com, I have today managed to catch up with one of the vehicles operating the Bournemouth - London service, and these have been added to new page in the Xtra section of the site.
Also updated on the Xtra section is further information on the accident involving a KMB Olympian that occurred on Saturday 18th October last year.
4th March 2004
As reported in
yesterdays News, NWS Holdings
unveiled its brand new service image during the NWS Holdings Brand
held today in Golden Bauhinia Square.
A new page has been added to the Xtra section of the site showing the recently repainted Citybus Trident Fleet No 2700, and new photographs of Citybus 2309 (ex-NWFB 1208) have also been added.
3rd March 2004
Megabus.com started it's south coast operations yesterday, and ex-Citybus Olympian 174, now Stagecoach 13613 and registered J939 MHC, was operating the twice daily Bournemouth to London service. Other new routes to London include those from Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton , Plymouth, Bristol and Swansea.
NWS Holdings, of which New World First Bus is a member, has announced they will be holdong a 'Brand' ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd March) at which it will unveil its brand new service image. The ceremony, which takes place at 1115hrs in Golden Bauhinia Square, Wanchai, will involve a Citybus & NWFB that will carry the image on its body. It's also a milestone event after the two bus companies realigned.
2nd March 2004
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