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The two Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95s mentioned in yesterday's news have been released in Hong Kong today. M6EX1 (YC378) is on route 260X to Tuen Mun (Po Tin Estate) (KMB2021233) whilst the M6FX1 (YB9150) is on route 58X to Tuen Mun (Leung King Estate) (KMB2021234). Each is limited to 1,300 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added. 

 
Next month Kowloon Motor Bus celebrates its 90th anniversary and it appears that at least two buses have received retro liveries.  Enviro500 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBE59 (NA8693) has received a white air-con livery whilst ADL 'facelift Enviro400 E6M93 (XA7911) has received a cream/red non air-con livery. Possibly some models to follow?
31st March 2023

 
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Tony Ng

My thanks to Tony Ng for allowing me to share his photograph of Citybus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L 8807(WP1057) which carries this eye-catching 'One Citybus' livery.

   
   
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced two new 1/76 scale models, both featuring a 12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95.  One features M6EX1 (YC378) on route 260X to Tuen Mun (Po Tin Estate) whilst the second features M6FX1 (YB9150) on route 58X to Tuen Mun (Leung King Estate). More details of the models will be added when known but in the meantime further details of this bus type can be found in the XTRA section of the site - just click on the following image.

   


The XTRA section of the site was launched 20 years ago today!


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Dickson Tsang Wai Lok
 
Thanks to 
Dickson Tsang Wai Lok, here is a photograph of M6EX1 on the same route and with the same destination as one of the models.

   
.... and finally, for those of you who are interested in Tiny's 1/110 scale models, I have updated the page that lists these models thanks to the help of James Leung and Yi Jian - just click on this link.

30th March 2023

I believe the New Lantao Bus ADL 'facelift' Enviro400 featured in yesterday's news was in fact released yesterday. The quantity is presently unknown (now confirmed as being 550).
29th March 2023

 
My holiday is now over, so time to catch up on the latest news........
   
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Firstly, Model 1 has announced this New Lantao Bus ADL lowheight ADL 'facelift' Enviro400.  It features AD03 (VP9994) on route 4 to Tong Fuk (63379).

   
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Bus Dream Land

New World First has applied it's original 'wave' livery to two of its ADL Enviro500s, namely 5518 and 5669.


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Bus Lodge Hong Kong

Citybus/New World First Bus launched two new cross-harbour routes on 20th March, these being 690S and 694S, providing services for Tseung Kwan O and LOHAS Park residents to travel directly and fast to Wan Chai, Central and Quarry Bay, Tai Koo via Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel.

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28th March 2023

 
Tim Moore
   
Twenty years ago this week, New World First Bus Dennis Condor DM17 arrived in the UK for preservation.
16th March 2023

   

Set for release shortly is this Tiny 1/76 scale Toyota Coaster public light bus which was featured in Tiny's 2022 catalogue. It features LT8286 (Box 08(f)/ATC65497).
   
14th March 2023

 
I am in the process of reducing my collection of books, magazines and models and rather than sending these to my local charity shop (or tip!), I thought I would list these items in order to give anyone the opportunity to acquire them.
 
 
 
I have just created a new page, which details the items listed so far - more will follow when time allows - just follow this
link or click on the above image.

   
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Long Win Bus 1549 (WA4616), a 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500, was transferred to the Kowloon Motor Bus fleet in early 2022, being painted red at that time. The bus was used on routes P960/P968, as seen in the above photograph (left). The bus was transferred back to Long Win Bus in early March this year and the logo was changed to LWB, as seen in the above photograph (right).

 
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Bobby Liu

Following on from yesterday's update on the current bus scene in Macau, Bobby Liu has sent me the above 'past & present' photographs of sister vehicles D45 & D46 taken in 2019 and H33 & H34, taken in 2023.
12th March 2023

   

I am grateful to Bobby Liu for sending me a selection of current TCM and Transmac buses taken during his recent visit to Macau - just click on the above link to see the new page in the XTRA section of the site,
11th March 2023

   
John Scragg
    
I am very grateful to John Scragg for allowing me to share his photograph of China Motor Bus Guy Arab S28 at Shek O Bus Terminus which was taken on 7th May 1976. This photograph has now been added to the Shek O page in the 
XTRA section of the site.
10th March 2023

   
I am still none the wiser as to why most of the tables on the model pages became distorted over the weekend when viewing the site on certain mobile devices. As previously mentioned, the problem of re-sizing has affected several other website/apps that I use. To rectify this problem, firstly I need to identify each model page that is affected (as not all are) and once identified, a minor modification is needed to ensure the page displays as it should. Work is already underway to carry out these modifications, but as the problem appears to be affecting a minority of visitors, this will take a little time.
9th March 2023

   
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Today sees the retirement of ASV100, the very last 10.6 metre Volvo 'Super' Olympian in the Kowloon Motor Bus fleet. Two models of this type were issued, the first featured ASV11 and was issued in June 2003 and it came with a diorama (39001) whilst the second (39002) featured the prototype of this bus type in a plain white livery, the bus eventually becoming ASV50.
 
And, thanks to Alexander Lo, here are some shots taken a short while ago!!

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Alexander Lo

8th March 2023

 
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Donald MacRae

My thanks to regular contributor Donald MacRae for sending me a photograph of the recently issued Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian 3AV310, which was taken at Kwun Tong in November 2014.
7th March 2023

   
The issue with distorted tables on many of the model pages does not appear to be as widespread as I first thought. I do not believe it is a problem with my site, as this morning, when making my daily visit to both the Wordle and Heardle websites, these appear minuscule compared to their normal appearance, so I am assuming it is an issue with my old android Google Pixel 3A mobile phone. If anyone is experiencing the same problem, please either e-mail me advising what device you are using or post a message on the site's Facebook page.
6th March 2023

 
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Released today in Hong Kong are these two Volvo Olympians which were announced a few days ago.
The KMB example features 3AV310 (HG3895) on route 259D with a destination of Lung Mun Oasis (KMB2023001) whilst the Long Win Bus example features LW9 (HD4316) on route E32 with a destination of Chek Lap Kok (KMB2023002). Each is limited to 820 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added.
   
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 Keith Wood

My thanks to regular contributor Keith Wood for sending me a photograph of Long Win Bus LW9 taken back in 1998.

 
I have today become aware of a problem that appears to be affecting a large number of the tables that appear on each model page when viewing the site on certain mobile devices. The normal layout of the table is shown on the left (screenshot from a tablet) with the distorted table on the right (screenshot from my android mobile phone).
The tables appear correctly on my laptop and I have had several visitors confirming that the tables appear correctly on their iphone. I would be grateful for any feedback in order that I may attempt to investigate and correct this problem. Here is a link to the page shown above - please take a look at let me know or post a message on my Facebook page - thank you.
5th March 2023

 
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Kowloon Motor Bus
   
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced two new 1/76 scale 12-metre Volvo Olympian models, as pictured above. The KMB example features 3AV310 (HG3895) on route 259D with a destination of Lung Mun Oasis (KMB2023001) whilst the Long Win Bus example features LW9 (HD4316) on route E32 with a destination of Chek Lap Kok (KMB2023002). No other details are presently known.
2nd March 2023

      
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Kris Lake Transport Photos
 
I am grateful to Kris Lake for allowing me to share his photograph of the former Kowloon Motor Bus Wrightbus Streetdeck, which is now certified for UK use and is believed to be the last vehicle to be painted into Ensign livery. Just follow the links to see Kris's Flickr site, which is well worth a visit.
   
Further information on this sole KMB Streetdeck can be found in the XTRA section of the site - just follow the link.

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