Hong Kong Buses & Trams 2013 - New Territories
The third part of our
Hong Kong Buses & Trams 2013 trilogy encompassing the New Territories. This vast area that borders Mainland China is
just as interesting to the transport enthusiast as Hong Kong Island and
Kowloon. Apart from featuring the three
main bus companies; KMB, New World First and Citybus, there are also buses in
the liveries of the MTR, both East and West Rail varieties, Long Win and buses
from New Lantao Bus and other Non-Franchised operators seen operating. There is of course the Tuen Mun Light Rail
system that runs in the western part of the Territories for added interest. There
is plenty of action as we start off at Sha Tin.
KMB have a large depot here as well as a training school, so there are
plenty of training buses out on the road, made up of recently withdrawn air-con
Dennis Dragons and Volvo Olympians. We
also film at the upper bus station in the town.
Our cameras then move along to Tai Po, where we film in the busy street
and the Uptown Plaza bus station where we see the immaculate grey, red and off
white liveried Enviro 500s of the MTR East Rail fleet in action. Sheung Shui up near the border with China is
next, as we film in the busy streets and the town’s bus station. We then take a ride on board AVC4 (PE 5293);
a KMB MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE on route 73K.
This route takes the closed road to Man Kam To through a ‘closed
area’. As we did not have the relevant
visas for travelling to China we had to alight at Cheung Po Tau, at the border
post, where we waited for AVC4 to return for the ride back to Sheung Shui.
Shui Wai is the next location and a new
one for our cameras. A busy town with a
network of lines for the Light Rail system.
Here we captured the brand new Enviro 500NG (New Generation) buses in
the MTR West Rail livery. We then make a return visit for 2013 to
Long. Filming takes place along the busy
Castle Peak Road featuring the buses and the Light Rail. We also
call at the bus station on Kik Yeung
Road. After a brief visit to the Light
Rail station at Siu Hong we arrive at Tuen Mun to film the
action. Our final location on this 2013 visit is
Tsuen Wan. A good place to complete our
filming, as there are plenty of white air con Dragons and Olympians to
well as many mid life Dennis Tridents with a few Wright bodied Volvos
500s to complete the picture. We end the
programme by jumping on board a short (9.9m) Dennis Dragon, ADS76 (GT
route 38A to Mei Foo. This bus is due to
be retired on the 14th April 2014.
We hope you enjoy the ride!
|| 74 minutes (approx).
|| Within UK - £16
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|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9