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The Buses & Trams of Hong Kong


The Buses & Trams of Hong Kong

Ref: IT1001D


Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories are an absolute feast for the transport enthusiast. Buses of all shapes and sizes abound. Trams are ancient (Hong Kong Island) and modern (Tuen Mun).

So why not sit back and be transported to the part of Asia where the double decker rules the road and public transport is king.

This video, shot in 1995, takes you to Hong Kong Island to witness China Motor Bus working amongst the trams, Citybus and KMB on cross-harbour tunnel routes. Then sail on the Star Ferry to Kowloon where Kowloon Motor Bus is in abundance. Filmed on Nathan Road and Jordan Road we see all types of KMB vehicles working together with Citybus. A ride on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) back to Hong Kong Island for a day time ride to Happy Valley and back to Central to view peak time in Des Voeux Road.

We visit Stanley to see modern air-conditioned Citybus Olympians and Dennis Dragons alongside rebuilt CMB Guy Arabs.

Tuen Mun, in the New Territories, is home to the world's busiest Light Rail System. Experience a ride and view the complex cross-overs and junctions of the system after a ride by KMB Dennis Dragon along the spectacular Tuen Mun highway at Castle Peak Bay.

Night time is also spectacular in Hong Kong for transport. We travel from Kowloon in a tunnel bus, and then experience the excitement and lights of Wanchai as we travel through by tram.




Filmed by/when: 1995
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 85-mins (1hr 25mins)

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Citybus


Citybus

Ref: IT1012D


Citybus, or City Buses as it was called when the company was established in 1979, runs a large modern air-conditioned fleet on Hong Kong island and mainland. The company has grown in size since it first became Citybus in 1983 and ran ex. London DMS Fleetlines on a route to China. The company had connections in London running as Capital Citybus. In 1991 it ran its first franchised route, the 12A, and then in September 1993 took over 28 routes from the former China Motor Bus company, and marketed them as Network 26. Now the company is owned by the UK's Stagecoach group, and runs in a smart livery of yellow, red and blue.

This video, shot during November 2000 shows Citybus vehicles in service in many parts of Hong Kong island and running in the New Territories. We also make visits to depots at Ap Lei Chau and Fo Tan. At the former we get a sneak preview of the work being carried out on Dennis Dragon 701 as it is converted to a Trolleybus. These depots are very busy places, and are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, as there is always a 95% availability requirement for vehicles.

At Fo Tan we see a heavily converted former London Transport Routemaster, ex. West Yorkshire PTE Olympians, and the former National Express, ECW Olympian coach, now in opentop guise. 3-axle Dennis Dragons, Leyland and Volvo Olympians, as well as Dennis Tridents make up the current fleet. Look out for the unique M.A.N. with Volgren body number 2500.

Our camera captures the excitement of the late afternoon rush in Central, Hong Kong - to see Citybus running alongside New World First Bus and KMB. There are stills of Citybus vehicles photographed in 1995 combined with an action packed montage of Citybus today.




Filmed by/when: 2000
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 55-mins (0hr 55mins)

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Hong Kong Buses & Trams Revisited


Hong Kong Buses & Trams Revisited

Ref: IT1002D


If you saw my last video, THE BUSES & TRAMS OF HONG KONG, you will be no stranger to the fact that HONG KONG, KOWLOON and the NEW TERRITORIES are packed with wall to wall buses and trams. Nearly all are of U.K. design and manufacture, they are immaculate in turn out and the service offered is second to none.

This video updates the previous one that I shot in 1995. Filmed in March 1999 we visit Central, Wanchai, Queensway and other parts of Hong Kong island, also Kowloon and the New Territories – to visit Tuen Mun to see the L.R.T.

Brand new vehicles abound, K.M.B., NEW WORLD FIRST BUS and CITYBUS are all operating 3 axle Dennis Tridents with either Alexander or Duple Metsec bodies. Dennis Darts with Plaxton bodies represent the single decker in an area where the double decker is king. Not forgetting the older non air-conditioned vehicles – there are still a number of front engine Leyland Victory’s running with N.W.F.B. (formally CHINA MOTOR BUS CO.), alongside Daimler Fleetlines, representing both long and short variants. Look out for the K.M.B. Dennis Jubilant a type soon to disappear.

So be prepared to be transported to a land where there appears to be more buses on the roads than cars!




Filmed by/when: 1999
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 115mins (1hr 55mins)

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Kowloon Motor Bus


Kowloon Motor Bus

Ref: IT1013D


The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd. was originally formed to operate the franchised bus services in Kowloon. It later developed to operate services throughout the New Territories and to Hong Kong island. KMB is the world's largest operator of double deckers, and was the first operator to run double deckers in Hong Kong.

Today the fleet is made up of both 2 and 3 axle vehicles of Leyland, Volvo, Dennis, M.A.N. and Neoplan manufacture; there is also a substantial fleet of MCW Metrobuses. Most of the bodies are shipped CKD from the UK and assembled at KMB's own workshops, which is seen on this video.

As well as the new air-conditioned low floor vehicles, there are still large numbers of non air-con buses still in service.

This video programme, shot in November 2000 records the KMB operations in many areas of the New Territories - such as Mei Foo, Lai Chi Kok, Tuen Mun, Nathan Road, Jordan Rd and Salisbury Road in Kowloon. Also in the busy Central area of Hong Kong island, where we witness KMB operating alongside Citybus and New World First Bus.

The video shows buses of the Kowloon and Canton Railway (KCR) in service - some of these vehicles operate with KMB fleet names on some shared services. As filming took place a new fleet of Dennis Trident / ALX500 vehicles were just entering service.

KMB is a fascinating fleet to the lover of British bus design, being maintained to the highest standard. From the older 2 axle Metrobuses and Olympians to the new low floor M.A.N.'s, Neoplan Centroliners, Volvo Super Olympians and Dennis Tridents, there will be something there to make you want to go and see KMB for yourself!




Filmed by/when: 2000
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 88mins (1hr 28mins)

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New World First Bus


New World First Bus

Ref: IT1003D


1st September 1998 was the first day of operation of New World First Bus of Hong Kong. It took over the remaining routes of the former China Motor Bus Co.

This video, shot in March 1999, shows the operations of the new Dennis Tridents and Dennis Darts recently put into service by N.W.F.B., and of course the vehicles they took over from C.M.B. on 31st August, 1998.

Filmed in many places on Hong Kong island – Central, Wanchai, Shau Kei Wan Road, Siu Sai Wan, Tin Hau, etc. We also travel to Kowloon to see New World First Bus vehicles operating.

Experience air-conditioned luxury rides on brand new Alexander ALX500 Dennis Tridents and Plaxton bodied Dennis Darts. You can also ride on LV117 a non air-conditioned Alexander bodied Leyland Victory from Stanley to North Point – quite a stark contrast!

So sit back and enjoy a view of Hong Kong’s newest bus company, operating some of the most up to date buses in the world, and some of the most interesting older ones taken over from the China Motor Bus Company.




Filmed by/when: 1999
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 65-mins (1hr 5mins)

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 Singapore Bus Services


Singapore Bus Services

Ref: IT1006D


SINGAPORE BUS SERVICES has a fleet of almost 3,000 vehicles. The fleet consists of Leylands, Volvos, Scanias, Mercedes, with bodies from Alexander and Duple Metsec. This video shot in October 1999, shows its vehicles in service at many locations on the island.

You will see 3-axle Leyland and Volvo Olympians with Alexander ‘R’ air conditioned bodies (‘Superbus’), some in quite amazing overall advertisements. Non air-con, 2-axle Alexander Olympians, some with earlier style bodies, and some with ‘Superbus’ fronts. The latter are due to return to the U.K. to operate with the FirstBus group - SBS7204J, the first to arrive here is seen operating with First Pennine on this video!

There is footage of Leyland Atlanteans, also with Alexander bodies, which were built in 1984-6. Similar bodied Mercedes Benz 0305’s can also be seen. Single Deckers are represented by Mercedes, Volvo, Scania and Dennis. Their bodies by Duple Metsec and Alexander.

We also take a brief look back at 1993, and see operating one of the batch of 100 Leyland Atlanteans that were sold to Citybus of Hong Kong.

So if you enjoy seeing U.K. style buses operating in a tropical setting - this is the video for you!




Filmed by/when: 1999
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 110-mins (1hr 50mins)

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