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Luke Garley
   
Still operating in the UK is former China Motor Bus (CMB) Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Condor DL13 (EF7027) which was one of a batch of forty-six such buses delivered to CMB in 1989/90. It was first registered in Hong Kong on 17th August 1989. Thirty plus years later is was noted operating a school run last Thursday (26th January). Now registered HIL8130, it is in the ownership of Myalls of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, whom I believe acquired the bus soon after its arrival in the UK in 2002. My thanks to Luke Garley for allowing me to share his photograph and to Anthony Lui of Hong Kong for advising me that Bassingbourn is in Cambridgeshire and not Hertfordshire!
29th January 2023

 
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Grant Ng Kwok Kuen
     
   
Seeing the photograph of Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon AD272 (GR8180) in all-over advertising for Nikon on social media earlier today prompted me to photograph my model of the bus, albeit the model carries no registration. The model was released by Collector's Model back in July 2001 and features Hong Kong singer Joey Yung. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use his photograph. Further details of the model can be found here:- CM-DGR111.

27th January 2023


With today's arrival I have been able to update the Kowloon Motor Bus zodiac liveries page, which can be found in the XTRA section of the site - just click on the above image.
26th January 2023

 
Peter Harrison

My thanks to Peter Harrison for sending me a set of photographs of the recently released Citybus Year of the Rabbit decorated model and these have now been added to the appropriate page (63629/CM182). 
25th January 2023

 
Robin Bennett
   
A new page has now been added for the previously unrecorded Venus Collectibles Leyland Olympian, which was recently brought to my attention by Robin Bennett, and details of which were included below (MBL03).

   
Bus Dream Land
   
A new page has also been added to the XTRA section of the site for the Citybus Year of the Rabbit bus.



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Released 20 years ago today was this Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz O305.  Produced by Drumwell, it features ME3 (DF6700) on route 105 to Lai Chi Kok and was limited to 3,500 pieces - rather more the the quantities produced these days!  More details can be viewed here:-  DW10402.

23rd January 2023

   





21st  January 2023

 
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Vincent Wong
   
Released in Hong Kong today is this 'My Melody' decorated Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre MCV EvoSeti bodied Volvo B8L. It features V6X72 (XE904) on route 1A to Star Ferry and is limited to 1,000 pieces (KMB2022152). Details of this model were reported back on 20th December. A new page and further photographs have now been added thanks to Vincent Wong..


   
Robin Bennett
 
I am grateful to Robin Bennett for informing me of a Venus Collectibles release not previously recorded on the site. This features Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympian BL16 (DA489) on route 113 to Choi Hung and is limited to 170 pieces (MBL03). A new page and further photographs will be added shortly. If anyone can confirm the release date of the model, please e-mail me
20th January 2023

 
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Tiny has announced the above 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 with KMB employment advertising. It features G492 (CW9973) on route 72 to Tai Wo Estate (ATC43211). It is anticipated that it will be released in the 4th quarter of this year.

Tiny has also announced several new 1/110 scale model buses and these are currently being added to the Tiny 1/110 page.

   
I believe that both the Citybus and Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Rabbit models have now been released.
18th January 2023

   
   
With the news below (see 8th January) that the unique China Motor Bus Albion Viking AM1 was moved from its long time outside storage, presumably for restoration, the above video has been posted on YouTube and is well worth a look. 

   
Lo Yin Wai

My thanks to Lo Yin Wai for sending me the above photographs of New Lantao Bus ADL Enviro400 AD04 (VR286) decorated with Year of the Rabbit decals. A new page, with larger images, has just been added to the
XTRA section of the site.
17th January 2023

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Vincent Chong

Pictured above are the newest buses in the Kowloon Motor Bus fleet, both having been registered last Friday (13th). E6X258 (top) and E6X259 are 12.8 metre Alexander Dennis 'facelift' Enviro500s with the
narrower glass staircase panel.
16th January 2023

 
New pages have now been added for the two Year of the Rabbit models, links to both having been added to the relevant details below.

   
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Island Vintage Bus
   
Island Vintage Bus former China Motor Bus Tilling Stevens 4943 participated in the Central Motoring Club Festival today.



My thanks to Steve Smith of Steve's World of Trams for advising me of a tram released last year that I missed. It features tram number 165 with all-over advertising for Sanrio Characters and was issued to mark the 118th anniversary of Hong Kong Tramways.
15th January 2023

   
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Network Shuttle
   
Now available to pre-order is the Citybus Year of the Rabbit
liveried Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L 8829 (XV1863). It is on route 78X with a destination of Fanling  (63629/CM182). A new page will be added in due course.
14th January 2023

 
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Released today is this 1/76 scale Hong Kong tram and diorama (TT33901). It features tram no. 168 with a destination of Happy Valley and is limited to 120 pieces. A new page will be added shortly.

13th January 2023

 
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Kowloon Motor Bus has formally announced a 1/76 scale model of its Year of the Rabbit bus along with a similarly decorated Qbus. As confirmed already, the model features
12-metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B96 (WG8086) and it is on route 118 with a destination of Siu Sai Wan (KMB2022187).  
12th January 2023

 
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Citybus has officially launched its Year of the Rabbit livery for 2023. It has been applied to Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L 8829 (XV1863). The model was first announced back on 8th December.  I am unsure if a New World First Bus example will follow.
 

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Tony Ng
   
 And here she is operating route 979 this evening!!  My thanks to Tony Ng for allowing me to share his photograph.
11th January 2023

   
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AVBE1 (LU3721) was the 
first Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 bodied Volvo B9TL. It was registered 18 years ago today and consequently was retired from service yesterday. Pictured above is the Cars Workshop model which was released in June 2006 (39403). 
10th January 2023

   
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Bus Dream Land
   
Pictured above is Kowloon Motor Bus E6X257, a 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500, which was registered on 6th January and is the newest of this type. Of interest is the narrower glass staircase panel, when compared to the shot below of E6X145, which was registered in August 2021.
       
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Vincent Chong


 
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Jumbo bus Hong Kong

Pictured above is the unique China Motor Bus Duple Dominant bodied Albion Viking EVK55CY, which, after years of open-air storage, appears to be heading to a new home. I was fortunate enough to visit AM1 (BJ352) back in 2010 and I have just created a new page in the XTRA section of the site where I have included these photographs.
   

8th January 2023

 
   
More than two years after it was first announced, Model 1 has today released this China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM7 (FW3152) carrying CMB Hotline decals. It is on  route 680 with a destination of Ma On Shan (63075).
7th January 2023

   
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Grantbus Gallery
 
Kowloon Motor Bus has unveiled its 'Year of the Rabbit' livery for 2023, which has been applied to 12-metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B96 (WG8086). My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me a selection of photographs, more of which will be added to the
XTRA section of the site later today (now added).
5th January 2023
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