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KMB Alexander Dennis Enviro500MMC E6X19
The bus scene is Hong Kong is ever changing and since my last visit it has turned red, perhpas reflecting the comunist takeover! Probably,not,,on occasions it was reminiscent of London. KMB,or Kowloon Motor Bus has abandoned its campagne gold livery, in which two of its buses appeared at SHOWBUS, most notably and Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident in 2002 to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee,but the streets of Hong Kong are now awash with red and not gold. There are two basic versions of the livery, on this 2019 Alexander Dennis Enviro500MMC silver is the relief colour,but on more recent deliveries large white fleetnames and nothing else adorns the red. Matching white led destination screens add to the new effect. Seen on Friday E6X19 (WH5832) is about to swing in to the large Tuen Mun depot adjacebt to Castle Hill Fire Staticn, which is shared with a separated small Citybus contingent, which included two Olympians, probably preserved. Likewise the KMB depot inluded a Duple Metsec bus, probably a Dennis Dominator, though it was in a poor condition and void of makings in the livery which preceded the champagne gold: white with red lining, introduced on the first air conditioned buses, before that the livery was a darker red than current with cream relief. One Enviro500 was spotted at a distance in those heritage colours. More changes to the Island seen are imminent with Citybus set to absorb the operations of New World First Bus, an operation started 25 years ago by UK's Firstbus to take over some of the CMB network. They introduced a refreshing orange, white and green livery but interiors were specified to the same colours as First ised in the UK. The merged company appears to be set to trade as "One Citybus" with buses of both fleets showing a stylised "One Citybus" logo on their destination displays when not on service, but no other obvious changes.
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