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A new release from Tiny is this 1/76th scale 19-seat Toyota Coaster Public Light Bus. It features VU9736 with a destination of Mei Foo (Box 183d/ATC66002).

     
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Citybus

An extract from a social media post by Citybus,

"Citybus's first double-decker hydrogen bus officially launched with its first refueling station! Our car can be launched in a brand new look at "The Future is H2re" from here on! Our goal is to start service in January 2024 and will start using the routes within Kowloon District initially, allowing the public to experience


Citybus' #MissionZero zero-emission transition program is committed to helping Hong Kong move towards carbon neutral and is committed to fully using zero-emission buses by 2045 to achieve true "zero-emission"!"

The bus was registered RP866 yesterday and allocated the fleet number 59200.
30th November 2023

 
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Donald MacRae
   
Noted this morning with it's new decals is Citybus Weisheit hydrogen bus undergoing testing. My thanks to Donald MacRae for allowing me to share his photographs, more of which can be found in a new page in the XTRA section of the site.

 
80M Bus Model Shop
   
Thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, further photographs of these three models have now been added.
25th November 2023

 
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Released today in Hong Kong is this Tiny 1/76 scale 19-seat Toyota Coaster Public Light Bus. This model first appeared in the 2022 Tiny catalogue (Box 180c/ATC65510).

24th November 2023

 
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Cheung Cheuk Wing
   
Another stunning shot - this time just the one bus!  Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'A' type 4961 is sat outside the Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong as part of the 95th anniversary celebrations marking the opening of the hotel on 11th December 1928. My thanks to Cheung Cheuk Wing for allowing me to share his photograph.
23rd November 2023

 
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Dicky Ng
 
Occasionally a photograph appears on social media which is, quite frankly, just stunning. Well, I am sure you will agree the above is just that. I am very grateful to Dicky Ng for allowing me to share this superb shot which was taken on Nathan Road, Mong Kok.

     
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KMB2023010
(900)
KMB2023011
(900)
KMB2023012
(950)
     
I can confirm that the three Kowloon Motor Bus models featured above are all 80M Bus Model products are their quantities are indicated in brackets. Several of those who pre-ordered, via the KMB on-line shop, have received their models today.
22nd November 2023

 
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My thanks to Andrew Mak and Steven Li for sending me the images posted on the KMB on-line shop yesterday, before they disappeared, having sold out. New pages have now been added and can be found by following these links - newly arrived in Hong Kong example (KMB2023010) and AVW1 in service (KMB2023011).

   
   
A new page has also been added to the XTRA section of the site - (I don't think I need to explain its topic!), just click on the above image. 
21st November 2023

 
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Well, the BYD B12D model appeared on the KMB on-line shop as detailed below, but as far I can see, the two Wrights Explorer bodied Volvo B10TL models have not! The BYD model has a product code of KMB2023012 and a new page has now been added.
   
Update - I can confirm that the two Wrights Explorer bodied Volvo B10TLs did appear, but sold out within a few hours. I believe both feature the very first of the type for Hong Kong, AVW1. The first represents the bus when it first arrived in Hong Kong, carrying a registration of WRIGHTBUS and with route 264M displayed  (KMB2023010) whilst the second carries the registration KY2604 and is on route 2 to So Uk (KMB2023011). New pages will be added shortly - if anyone 'captured' the images from the KMB on-line shop, I would be most grateful to receive any - just e-mail me.

     
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Donald MacRae
 
I would happily take a model of one of these ................
    
My thanks to Donald MacRae for allowing me to share his photographs.

20th November 2023

   
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Set to become available to order on KMB's on-line shop from 11am on Monday 20th November (HK time) are fifteen new models, including these three at 1/76 scale.
 
The first is a BYD B12D double-deck electric bus. It represents an example prior to first registration, having a registration of KMB and a destination of eBus. The next are a pair of unidentified Wrights Explorer bodied Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympians'. One is on route 264M to Tin Shui Wai Town Centre and the other is on route 2 to So Uk. Further details will be added when known.

 
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Ross Bowden   
 
Well, at least one escaped!!!!!
17th November 2023

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Network Shuttle

Now available to those who have pre-ordered are these two New World First Bus 11-metre ADL Enviro500NG models which were first announced back on 10th June 2021. 

Fleet no. 5621 (TN8120) is on route 8H with a destination of Tung Wah Eastern Hospital
(63318/20102) whilst 5849 (TL7248) is on route 722 with a destination of Yiu Tung Estate (63319/20103).

 
      
A new page has been added to the XTRA section of the site that features the new Zhongtong minibus now in service with Transmac Macau - just click on the above image.

 
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Robin Bennett
   
I am always grateful to receive information on models that are not listed on my site and one such example is pictured above. My thanks to Robin Bennett for taking the time and trouble to send me photographs of this resin P&T Model Kowloon Motor Bus Albion Viking EVK55CL which he has recently acquired. Whilst I have two versions listed, L287 and L308 (B0025), this release features L308 (BM245) on route 54 to Un Long. It carries a product code of B0025D and is limited to 350 pieces. A new page has just been added along with further photographs. If you are able to provide any further details, such as a release date, I would be very grateful - just e-mail me.  
16th November 2023

   
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Having received my copy of the above book, which is published today, I couldn't resist posing Corgi's Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dart in front of it, as it shares the same route number and destination as the Dart featured on the cover of the book!
 
Full details of the book can be found by following this link,  I have also added a brief review. Interest in the book has been huge, with more than 800 likes on this site's Facebook page since posting details last Thursday evening.
   
In the UK it is available direct from the publishers, Amberley Publishing, Amazon or ebay  For overseas customers it is available from Wordery, who provide free delivery to many countries (but sadly not to Hong Kong) or Amazon.


   
Following the two recent Citybus additions to my collection, I am always looking to feature pre-production models in the XTRA section of the site along with any models that never made it to production. If you possess such a model, do please get in touch.

 
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Alexander Dennis has announced that it is to supply 35 battery-electric Enviro500EV double-deck buses to MTR Corporation. They will be delivererd during 2025 and 2026.
 15th November 2023

   
Network Shuttle
   
New pages have now been added for the two 11.3 metre New World First Bus ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s first announced on 10th November.

The top photograph shows 4053 (UR698) on route 1M to Exhibition Centre (64304/20108) whilst the lower photograph features 4068 (UT2129) on route 26 to Hollywood Road (64305/20109). Both are Model 1 products and each is limited to 450 pieces.

14th November 2023

   
Recent additions to my collection are these two Citybus models that date from over twenty years ago.
 
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The first is 10.4 metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon 701, which was converted by Citybus to a trolleybus for trials in 2001/2002. The model is based on the Collector's Model casting and was issued as a trolleybus by 80M Bus Model Shop in May 2001 and just 800 were produced (88001).

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The second is a pre-production model from Corgi, representing Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian 352 with Network 26 decals. It is one of the two models contained in the  Network 26 set issued by Corgi in December 1999. It does, however, have a few differences from the final production version, a couple of which are shown below.
 
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The production example, to the rear, correctly features a double-door entrance, along with a change in position for the nearside route number box. A new page has just been added to the XTRA section of the site where a few more differences can be spotted! Just follow this link.
13th November 2023





11th November 2023
     

 
Two 11.3 metre New World First Bus ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 models are on their way! The first features 4053 (UR698) on route 1M to Exhibition Centre (20108) whilst the second features 4068 (UT2129) on route 26 to Hollywood Road (20109). Both are Model 1 products and each is limited to 450 pieces. New pages will be added in due course.



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Released 20 years ago today was this Kowloon Motor Bus Metal Sections bodied Daimler 'A' type fitted with a Birmingham style radiator grille. It was produced by Cars Workshop and was limited to 3,000 pieces! For further details, just follow this link.
10th November 2023

 
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Set for publication next Wednesday (15th) is the above book 'Hong Kong Buses and Trams 1976-1997 - The Final British Years' by Philip Wallis and published by Amberley Publishing. It consists of 96 pages with 180 illustrations and retails for 15.99. It will also be available in Kindle, Kobo and iBooks format. A new page has just been added and once I receive my copy, a review will be added - just follow this link.
9th November 2023

 
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 Bus Dream Land

In the recent fleet re-numbering exercise carried out by Citybus, it was noted that several batches of vehicles did not receive new fleet numbers. These include Citybus 12-metre Enviro500s (fleet nos. 8100-8127) along with similar New World First Bus examples (fleet nos. 5500-5517). Another batch not to receive new fleet numbers are New World First Bus 11.3 metre examples (fleet nos. 4000-4019). I believe these are all Euro IV buses.
   
Noted at the weekend, parked in the corner of the Citybus Kowloon City car park, are some of the Citybus examples.

7th November 2023

   


5th November 2023

Today marks the 25th anniversary of this website

Launched on 5th November 1998, its aim was to provide fellow Hong Kong model bus collectors with news and information on the new models being released at that time.  
25 years on and the aim remains the same!

The website layout has remained generally unchanged throughout the 25 years, partly because most visitors found it fairly easy to navigate and partly because my web design skills are rather limited!  There have, I hope, been several improvements and useful additions along the way.

My first Hong Kong model was this Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian from Corgi, which was released in June 1997. It was one of seven Hong Kong models listed in Corgi's July-December 1997 'The Original Omnibus Company' catalogue and the range were featured as a centre page spread under the heading 'The Oriental Omnibus Company'. The model was on sale at a toy fair I attended at Sandown Park, near London, in 1998 with my 13-year-old son. Up to that point, my collection consisted mainly of Corgi 1/64th scale Routemaster models in various liveries. Seeing this Olympian intrigued me, as I had no idea what the Hong Kong bus scene was about. Anyway, my son persuaded me to buy it, so it is all his fault! Trying to find out details of these models proved difficult, so I decided to make use of the free webspace my internet provider was offering and create a website to pass on the information I had researched..... it just happens that I am doing much the same today, albeit nothing is for free any more!

Over these 25 years, I have made many good friends, both here in the UK and also in Hong Kong. I have also visited the former British colony over ten times. May I thank you all for your support, especially the large number of you who have contributed over the years - the site wouldn't be what it is today without you. Special mention to Sindy & Joe of Jotus.com, (Joe designed my 25th anniversary logo), Mr Kwok of 80M Bus Model Shop, Philip Chan, Donald MacRae, Bobby Liu and Network Shuttle, all of whom have willingly provided information and photographs over the bulk of these 25 years. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my family for putting up with my obsession during this time! 

Here are a few random facts about the site:- 

it consists of over 3,600 pages
it includes over 53,000 images
almost 6 million visits have been recorded 
since a 'counter' was added in December 2001
more than 1,650 1/76 scale diecast Hong Kong models are listed
the site's name was changed from 
"Unofficial Site for Corgi Oriental Buses" to its current title in June 1999
the XTRA section was added in March 2003 and now contains over 600 pages
the site's URL became 
www.orientalmodelbuses.co.uk in October 2006
a record 2,746 visits were recorded on 3rd November 2010
   
Included below are some 'home page' screenshots over the years.



March 2004 May 2007


February 2011 March 2012


August 2014 November 2015


December 2016 August 2018


June 2019 July 2020


 
5th November 2023

   
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Eric CM Lo
 
Former New World First Bus Gemilang bodied MAN A95 6090 (TZ9233) has received the new Citybus livery, and in my opinion, it looks very smart! Further photographs, courtesy of Eric CM Lo, Lo Yin Wai and Tony Yeung, have just been added to a new page in the XTRA section of the site - just follow this link.

   
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 Bus Dream Land

Meanwhile, noted in Tuen Mun today are these four Kowloon Motor Bus 'retro' liveried 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s, all awaiting first registration.
 
4th November 2023

 
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Benson Ho
 
Thanks to Benson Ho, some further photographs of the two Gemilang 30th anniversary models issued back in 2019 have been added to the respective pages. On the left is a MAN NL323 (A22) (63241) whilst that on the right features a MAN ND323F (A95) (63220)
2nd November 2023

 
I can confirm that the New Lantao Bus Year of the Tiger decorated ADL 'facelift' Enviro400 was released yesterday. It features AD04 (VR286) on route 3M with a destination of Tung Chung Town Ctr. (63380).  

 
Just a reminder that I am continuing to update the Tiny 1/110 scale pages with new models, two of which have been added today - just follow this link
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