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On sale at the Citybus e-shop is a Dragon Lucky Bag, which includes the above two Year of the Dragon models (CM191) and (CM195). 
31st January 2024

   
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Citybus has today unveiled its Year of the Dragon liveried buses. On the left is 63861 (WR4068), a 12.8 metre 'Cityflyer' Alexander 'facelift' Enviro500 whilst on the right is 52101 (WN4213), a 12 metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L.
     
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Network Shuttle
   
I can confirm that models of both buses are set for release tomorrow and these will display the route numbers and destinations as shown in the above photograph - 63861 on route A11 to North Point and 52101 on route 101 to Kennedy Town.
   
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and here is one of the models!
30th January 2024

 
Kowloon Motor Bus has today announced three new 1/76 scale models.

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The first, as expected, is the Year of the Dragon decorated
12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95 M6FX5 (YB9089).
 
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Next are two 9.4 metre MCW bodied Daimler Fleetlines in driver training liveries. No further details are currently known.

29th January 2024

 
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Clement Ng
   
The above photographs are the type of photographs that capture the vibrant city of Hong Kong and I am grateful to Clement Ng for allowing me to share them. There is no prize for correctly guessing the number of buses in view!!

   
   
Hong Kong model bus producer and retailer, Jotus.com, has just launched their new website - just click on the above image to take a look.
       

   
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Four new Citybus service vans, two of which carry the registrations of former buses - nearest the camera is GM8878, previously allocated to Citybus Dennis Dragon 831 whilst the next, GM8878 was previously allocated to New Lantao Bus Guy Victory Mk 2 no. 38.
25th January 2024

 
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New Lantao Bus has unveiled its Year of the Dragon livery, and this year a single-decker has been chosen. MN94 (TT1858) is a Gemilang bodied MAN RC2, new in 2015, and it looks like a model will follow!

   
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Pirro Cheung

My thanks to Pirro Cheung for sending me photographs of newly repainted Citybus 12 metre Alexander Dennis Enviro500 50002 (RN3214), now part of the non-franchised fleet and formerly fleet number 8235.

24th January 2024

 
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80M Bus Model Shop
 
80M Bus Model Shop has today announced, via its Facebook page, that it has a small number of thee above models available..

First mentioned back on 17th December is this Big Bus Tours Ankai open top bus in Lantau Sightseeing Bus livery. It features JD5739 with a destination of Ngong Ping 360 and, appropriately, it is limited to 360 pieces (80872).

   
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Network Shuttle
   
Network Shuttle has today announced that two Citybus 'Cityflyer' liveried ADL Enviro500NGs, announced back in June 2021, have been released today.

8004 (SB3800) is on route A12 with a destination of Dragonair House (63320/CM178) whilst 8065 (SY6396) is on route A10 with a destination of Airport (63321/CM179). Each is limited to 1,100 pieces.
20th January 2024

 
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Vincent Chong
   
Former New World First Bus 4038 (PF1805), an 11.3 metre ADL Enviro500, is the first of the type to receive the new livery, becoming fleet number 41018.

 
Following on from the question I posed on 8th January as to what format the next series of Hong Kong registrations will take, I am grateful to Ray Ng and Philip Chan for providing information, and below is the answer! 

Upon exhaustion of the current two-letter prefix system, when it reaches "ZZ", the Transport Department will reallocate registration marks that have been returned, but not reallocated to other vehicles (such as those obtained from auctions). Allocation will begin from the "WA" series in reverse alphabetical order. This results in the "WA" to "WZ" series issued first, followed by "VA" to "VZ" then "UA" to "UZ" and so forth. It is estimated that there are about three million registration marks not yet reallocated. Projected from the current rate of allocation, the amount is sufficient to meet demand for at least 20 years.

   
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Is Kowloon Motor Bus planning to introduce a new 'retro' or 'heritage' livery, bearing in mind there are at least thirty-four 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift Enviro500s parked in Tuen Mun and fourteen 12.8 metre MCV bodied Volvos in Egypt, all carrying this attractive livery?
14th January 2024

   

A new page has just been added to the XTRA section of the site for the Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Dragon liveried Gemilang bodied MAN A95 - just click on the above image. My thanks to Lo Yin Wai and Hong Choi for allowing me to share their photographs.
13th January 2024

   

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Announced in a press release twenty years ago today was this Creative Master Northcord Limited Japanese model. It was the company's first CNG (compressed natural gas) model and features a Mitsubishi FUSO MP non-step model
in 2001 Sapporo City Bus colours - further details can be found by following this link JB1007

   

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Released ten years ago today were these two Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Horse' models. Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU16 is on route 271 to Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road) (DW10520) whilst Alexander Dennis Enviro500 ATE236 is on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin (39425).
12th January 2024

     
   
Just added to the XTRA section of the site is a new page featuring a selection of Singapore models in my collection - just follow this link or click on the image above.

10th January 2024

   
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Vincent Chong
       
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Anthony's Bus Homepage

As reported yesterday, Kowloon Bus has applied Year of the Dragon 2024 decals to 12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95 M6FX5 (YB9089) and here she is!


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Derek Hunter

My thanks once again to Derek Hunter for kindly sending me a further selection of photographs taken whilst in Egypt yesterday. These have now been added to 
the XTRA section of the site - just follow this link. Meanwhile, larger resolution images have replaced those posted yesterday.

     
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Anthony's Bus Homepage
 
Further to yesterday's news regarding the first 'ZA' registered buses, I am able to provide photographs of two of the six Citybus vehicles, thanks to Anthony's Bus Homepage. Interestingly, 52136 (ZA80232) carries the new livery whilst 52137 (ZA8100) carries the old livery and fleetnames.

   
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Lee Kai Hing
   
My thanks to Lee Kai Hing for providing me with a full set of photographs of the APEC BACo bodied AEC Regent Mk V issued back in January 2020.  A19 (AD4807) is on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping Central (59909).

9th January 2024

   
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Kowloon Motor Bus has applied Year of the Dragon 2024 decals to 12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95 M6FX5 (YB9089). The bus will work mainly on route 960.

 
Meanwhile, Citybus has today registered six Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls.  52131/3/4/6/7 and 53138, all carry ZAxxxx registrations.
   
Following the issue of the first 'Z' registrations, it leads me to pose the question - "Has the Hong Kong government announced what format the next series of registrations will take?". 

 
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Derek Hunter
 
My thanks to Derek Hunter for allowing me to share these photographs of a batch of MCV bodied Volvo B8Ls in Egypt. Further photographs have now been added to a new page in the XTRA section of the site - just follow this link.
8th January 2024

 
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80M Bus Model Shop
   
Released today in Hong Kong are these two 12.8 metre Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro500NGs, which were first announced on 29th December. The first features 3ATENU2 (SV1948) on route 75K to Tai Mei Tuk (KMB2023024) whilst the second features 3ATENU21 (TV4348) on route 26 to Tsim Sha Tsui (East) (KMB2023025). Each is limited to 750 pieces. New pages and further photographs have now been added.
6th January 2024

   
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Island Vintage Bus
   
Island Vintage Bus had a mechanical test day on 1st January and former China Motor Bus Tilling Stevens and Guy Arab V were spotted in the New Territories.
2nd January 2024

   
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80M Bus Model Shop
   
The two Long Win Bus Enviro500 bodied Volvo B9TLs announced on Saturday 30th December were released yesterday.
Fleet number 401 (MX9771), with '2007' decals, is on route A41P to Airport and is limited to 900 pieces (KMB2023022) whilst fleet number 701 (MX4719) is on route E34 to Tin Shui Wai Town Centre and is limited to 750 pieces (KMB2023023). New pages and further photographs have now been added.


Following the release of the above two models I have now updated the two tables detailing the number of releases over the past four years, by model manufacturer and by bus operator.
   
Model manufacturer 2020 2021 2022 2023
 80M Bus Model 22 43 34 29
 BMCU 5 0 0 0
 BR Bus Model                      4 2 3 0
 Go Idea 5 0 0 2
 MGG Workshop 4 0 0 0
 Model 1 47 14 7 21
 NP Model 17  7 4 0
 Tiny 6 2 4 4
 Unknown/Others 9 5 3 1
 TOTALS 119 73 55 57
   
   
Bus operator 2020 2021 2022 2023
 China Motor Bus    14 2 0 2
 Citybus 11 5 7 5
 Discovery Bay 3 0 0 0
 Kowloon Motor Bus 45 45 36 23
 Long Win Bus 5 5 2 4
 New Lantao Bus 5 1 0 4
 New World First Bus 13 9 1 13
 Others 23 6 9 6
 TOTALS 119 73 55 57
   
1st January 2024
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