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As promised yesterday, I have tonight added a new page for the above book - just click on the above image.
   

     
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Philip Chan

Former China Motor Bus/New World First Bus Leyland Fleetline SF15, now in preservation in Hong Kong, has received a new all-over livery to celebrate the success of Hong Kong's athletes in the recent Olympic Games.

29th August 2021

   
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I have today received my copy of Roger Bailey's new book - "Hong Kong 1984 - Book 1 China Motor Bus", which is pictured above with China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DL1, photographs of which are included in the book!  Work is underway to create a new page and this will be added shortly.
 28th August 2021

 
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Announced by Tiny today as 'coming soon' is this 1/110 scale Long Win Bus 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500. It is a 'Members Exclusive' and features 1538 (UG5769) on route E32 with a destination of 'via Cheung On' (KMB2020102).  This was model was included in Tiny's 2021 catalogue.
   
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Continuing with Tiny 1/110 scale models, now available to pre-order is this Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander bodied Dennis Trident, which is described as being a 'new tooling'. It features ATR4 (HV6619) on route 300 to Prince Edward  (Box 112 / KMB2021075). It is expected to be released next year.
 
I am very grateful to both Leo Kwok and Tsz Hin Ho for their continued assistance in providing information on these Tiny models - thank you both!

 
 
I have tonight added a new page to the XTRA section of the site for the recently acquired pre-production sample of Citybus's Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart - just click on the above image.
 27th August 2021

 
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I was very lucky to have been offered first refusal on a pre-production sample of Corgi's Citybus Plaxton bodied Dennis Dart (42803). It arrived yesterday and I am presently in the process of taking a few photographs to show the differences between this p/p sample and the production model.  

The p/p sample is pictured on the left in the above photographs, and the most noticeable difference is the lack of a roof-mounted air-con pod. Whilst the production sample features fleet no. 1419 (GM7990), the p/p sample features 1402 (GM6631) although this registration is missing on the rear of the bus. The rear of the p/p sample is also missing the Cityshuttle logo. The shades of blue, red and yellow are darker on the p/p sample. There are a few more minor differences and these will be apparent once I have completed photographing the models and added a new page.

   

Believed to have been recently released are these two 1/76 scale Toyota Coaster public light buses from Tiny. Pictured above is JU112 (Box 8(e) / ATC65054) whilst the lower image shows LV6780 on route 103 to Kwun Tong Ferry Pier (Box 25 (e) / ATC65175)
26th August 2021


Kowloon Motor Bus announced today to sign a 5-year HK$500 million green loan with Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (“BOCHK”). The proceeds will be used for funding sustainability- and environmental, social and governance- (ESG) related initiatives, marking the first green loan of KMB. Meanwhile, KMB has also become the first franchised bus operator in Hong Kong to promote sustainable development with green loan, committed to combating climate change with the community.

The green loan, which is used for sustainability-related initiatives, including purchasing the latest model of eco-buses, electric buses and solar panels, will enable KMB to reduce carbon emissions generated by operations and promote green transport.

For the company's full press release, click here.

Meanwhile, some other general Kowloon Motor Bus news.

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Leo Kwok
   
To coincide with the above announcement, the company has applied this rather attractive 'Go Green' livery to 12 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 ATENU1326 (VG6020).
   
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Leo Kwok

Kowloon Motor Bus ATENU1681 (SS7413) still displays its Long Win Bus fleet number of 9529.
 
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Leo Kwok
 
Kowloon Motor Bus has created a new class, E5Tx, for former Long Win Bus Enviro500s originally numbered 65xx. These were new in 2015 and were fitted with high specification coach seating. The upper deck seating remains 'high-spec' but the number of seats has been reduced to 55. Pictured above is E5T9 (TH4359) which was formerly 6505.
 24th August 2021

 

MSD Bus has just launched a new website, which can be found at www.msdbus.com or by clicking on the above image.

MSD specialises in the buying and selling of second-hand model buses in Hong Kong and was established in 2004. I addition to this new website, they can be found on Facebook under MSD BUS and also at their retail shop which is located within the Apple Mall at Tin Hau, where they have stock of over 1,000 items.

   
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Devin Wong
 
My thanks to Devin Wong for allowing me to post a selection of photographs taken over the weekend during his visit to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Weekend. I have only posted those with a Hong Kong link but an excellent selection of all the buses can be found on his Facebook page or on his Flickr site. All the photographs are 'clickable'.

 23rd August 2021

 
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Omitted from the news update on 20th August was the second 1/76 scale tram release from Tiny. Again featuring Sanrio characters all over decals it features tram no. 30 with a destination of Kennedy Town (ATC76018).

 
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Released today in Hong Kong is this Citybus 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 with decals marking the 500th edition of Automobile Hong Kong. It features 6321 (UA2892) on route 307 with a destination of Sheung Wan (CM177). It is produced by 80M Bus Model and is limited to 400 pieces. 

   
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This 'plated' Tiny 1/110 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 was also released today - it features ATENU91 (SF3203) on route 168R to Yuen Long West (KMB2020111).
 
 21st August 2021

 
   
Recently published is the above book by Roger Bailey entitled 'Hong Kong 1984 - China Motor Bus'. It is the first of three books on Hong Kong buses with almost all the photographs taken by Roger in October 1984, of which he took over 5,000!  The second book will feature Kowloon Motor Bus and the third will cover all the other operators plus those on Macau and Lantau Island. It is A5 in size, contains 70 pages and the cost is 12.00. Roger is planning to visit toyfairs at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) and Sandown Park, plus bus rallies at Wythall Bus Museum and hopefully Showbus. For further details, Roger can be contacted by e-mail at:- rogerbaileybooks@gmail.com.

 
Wilson Wong
 
I am grateful to Wilson Wong for providing information and photographs of NP Models Sun Bus liveried Neoplan Centroliner NP1015. I previously had this incorrectly recorded as NP1015A and similarly had NP1015A incorrectly recorded as NP1015. This latest information has enabled me to remove another entry from my 'Help Needed' page. The aforementioned pages have now been corrected and Wilson's photographs have also been added.  

   
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Tiny has released this 1/76 scale open top tram decorated with Sanrio characters - it features tram 28 and is limited to 500 pieces (ATC76019). A new page will be added shortly.
 20th August 2021

 
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When venturing into my loft this afternoon to store away a couple of recent acquisitions, I decided to check through a few of my Buses magazines to see if there was any Hong Kong related articles, and this one, from 40 years ago this month, jumped out at me!
 
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Tiny has reissued two 1/110 scale unlicensed Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents in Citybus liveries (L09 and L10). Further details are shown below.
 
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The first, in standard Citybus livery, features fleet no. 2215 (HW6956) on route 88R to City One Shatin (L09 (b) / ATC65129).
 
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The second, in Cityflyer livery, features fleet no. 2129 (HT4830) on route E21A to Tung Chung (YatTung) (Box L10 (b) / ATC65191).
 19th August 2021

   
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Hong Choi
 
My thanks to Hong Choi for allowing me to share his photographs of the above trams taken today, which was a Free Ride Day. This was to mark the occasion of the Tramways being awarded the Guinness World Record title of the largest double-decker tram fleet in service. Tram no. 166 carries a livery similar to that applied to the recently released model tram, whilst Tram no. 165 (bottom left) appropriately carries decals to record the fact the fleet consists of 165 trams. Tram no. 88 (bottom right) carries a new shade of green developed by Pantone and described as a vivid and verdant deep grassy green that celebrates the heritage and cultural significance of HK Tramways and its unique distinction as a globally recognised iconic mobile landmark.

 
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Coincidentally, the above Sunny Max 1/87 tram joined the collection today, just 21 years after being released!!  New photographs have now been added to the relevant page. Of note is the destination, which reads 'WESTERM'.


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Keith Wood
 
As reported back on 26th July, Ensign Bus has recently registered this Enviro500, which was used as a development bus for ADL/Transbus. Having never made it to Hong Kong it was acquired by Ensign Bus, who have cut off the roof applied this attractive livery. My thanks to Keith Wood for the above shot taken at the weekend whilst operating in Southend on open top route 68. 
18th August 2021

 
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Tiny has announced a second Argos liveried Fleetline, this time featuring fleet no. 24 (DC5287) in grey livery (ATC64781). Its release is not expected until next year. This was originally London Transport DMS301 (JGF301K).
17th August 2021

 
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Released in Hong Kong today is this Kowloon Motor Bus set featuring two versions of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 registration NV966 - in its original Long Win Bus livery and in its new Kowloon Motor Bus red 'Heartbeat of the City' livery.  The Long Win example features fleet number 8401 on route E34B to the Airport whilst the KMB example features ATEU37 and is on route 8 to Star Ferry (KMB2021082). The set is limited to 500 pieces.
 
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Also released today is this Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L featuring V6B133 (WM3881) with route 5A branding. It is on route 5A with a destination of Kai Tak (Kai Ching Estate) (KMB2021081). It is limited to 500 pieces.
   
Additional photographs for both these models have tonight been added.
14th August 2021

 
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Set for release tomorrow is Tiny's 1/110 scale Crystal Bus liveried MAN A95 (ATC65213).
13th August 2021

 
Tony Ng
 
The second KMB 'Proud of You' decorated Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L features V6B166 (XE651) and it has appeared today operating on route 270B. My thanks to Tony Ng for allowing me to share his photograph.

 
And now for a Tiny 1/110 scale roundup:-
 
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Recently released is this Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2 featuring G302 (CL2402) on route 4A Tai Hang Tung (Box 55(f) / KMB2020122).

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Available to pre-order is another KMB Leyland Victory Mk 2, this carrying Pompompurin decals (ATC65303).
 
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Announced today at the Hong Kong Food Expo is the KMB Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L with banner advertsing for Jumbo foods. Featured is V6B84 (WG1459) on route 960 to Wan Chai (North) (KMB2021092).
12th August 2021

   
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The following is an article from The Standard, Hong Kong:-

"To celebrate the outstanding performance of Hong Kong athletes at the Tokyo Olympics and to extend the enthusiasm of the Games, Kowloon Motor Buses Co Ltd (KMB) has launched two Olympics-themed buses, which began their journey today.

The two buses cover route 66X, traveling between Tuen Mun (Tai Hing Estate) and Olympic Station, and route 270B, traveling between Sheung Shui and Olympic Station.

The color white is used as the main tone for the body of the buses. There are also silhouette images on the bodies, using the colors of the five Olympic rings – blue, yellow, black, green and red.

The images represent Hong Kong athletes who are in action when competing in the 13 Olympics events, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, karate, table tennis, cycling, windsurfing, equestrian, fencing, triathlon, golf and badminton.

There is also a message written on the body of the buses, saying “PROUD OF YOU,” which expresses gratitude to athletes for creating history for Hong Kong in Tokyo.

Earlier, KMB had already give out one-year free rides, and “bus naming rights” to all members of the Hong Kong delegation. Every member can name one KMB bus, and a tag with naming content and messages will be displayed at the front of the bus compartment.

On the other hand, Octopus Card Ltd will issue a special edition of the smart card to Hong Kong athletes as well.

The tailor-made Octopus cards will feature drawings of each athlete created by photorealist artist Paul Lung, capturing the unforgettable moments for them. These unique cards will be sent to the athletes very soon.

A spokesperson of Octopus Card Ltd praised the athletes for their perseverance and determination, and hoped that the cards will commemorate their moments at the Olympics."

The bus pictured is V6B176 (XE732).


   

A new page has just been added to the XTRA section of the site - just click on the above image

10th August 2021

 
 
A new page has just been added to the XTRA section of the site - just click on the above image
9th August 2021

 
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Now available to pre-order is this Kowloon Motor Bus set of two versions of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 registration NV966 - on the left in its original Long Win Bus livery and on the right in its new Kowloon Motor Bus red 'Heartbeat of the City' livery.  As fleet number 8401 on the left it is on route E34B to the Airport whilst on the right is is known as ATEU37 and is on route 8 to Star Ferry (KMB2021082). The set is limited to 500 pieces.

   
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Next comes this 12.8 metre Citybus ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 with Automobile Hong Kong decals on a Stagecoach style retro livery. 6321 (UA2892) is on route 307 to Sheung Wan (CM177). It is limited to 400 pieces.

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And finally, for now, this Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L features V6B133 (WM3881) with route 5A branding. It is on route 5A with a destination of Kai Tak (Kai Ching Estate) (KMB2021081). It is limited to 500 pieces.

New pages and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.


 
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Philip Chan
 
E6X145 (XM4121) is one of two Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s to be registered on 5th August, the first of this type to be registered since November 2020. The other is E6X144 (XM4447). A new page will shortly be added to the XTRA section of the site showing interior shots of these new buses. 

   
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Long Win Bus 12.8 metre MCV Evoseti bodied Volvo B8L UV6X4 (XM5044) noted at the airport earlier today. I plan to add a new page to the XTRA section of the site for this new bus type shortly.
8th August 2021

 
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80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today is this colourful 1/76 scale tram from 80M Bus Model. HongKong Tramways’ iconic tram system has recently been awarded the Guinness World Records title of the “largest double-decker tram fleet in service
. Tram no. 8 has a destination of Whitty Street Depot (TT33685). A new page and further photographs have now been added.
7th August 2021

 
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Grantbus Gallery

Long Win Bus has registered its first 12.8 metre MCV Evoseti bodied Volvo B8Ls, allocating them the fleet number series UV6Xxx.  To date, UV6X1 - UV6X7 have been registered.  UV6X3 (XM4453) was noted earlier today at the Airport on route A43 to Fanling. My thanks to
Grantbus Gallery for allowing me to share the above photograph.
 6th August 2021

   
Dave Rogers
   
My thanks to Dave Rogers for allowing me to share his photograph of Citybus Volgren bodied MAN 2500 in Year of the Snake livery. This photograph dates from January 2001, soon after these decals were applied and was taken at Fortress Hill.

 
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and here is Corgi's model (OM45403)
 5th August 2021

   
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Tiny has announced a further 1/110 scale Coca Cola liveried model, this time featuring an Alexander Dennis Enviro500.(COKE033).
 3rd August 2021

 
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Philip Chan

Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B198 (XL6027) is the first of the type to receive 'Heartbeat of the City' livery. 


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Tiny opened a new store in The Forest HK shopping mall in Mong Kok today when it released three further plain white liveried 1/110 scale models, these being a 12 metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L (P25/ATC65324), a 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 (P26/ATC65325) and a 12 metre Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident (P27/ATC65326).
1st August 2021
   
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