丹尼士三叉戟十點三米 Dennis Trident 10.3m

編號 Class:3301-3360

還記得往返山頂的15及15B線是使用何款巴士作主力嗎?正是短陣版丹拿珍寶(SF),但隨新巴接管中巴所專營的路線後,銳意進行車隊空調化,沒有空調設備的珍寶自然會漸被淘汰,但面對高客量要求,飛鏢巴士恐怕未能應付,而加列山道天橋的橋底及山頂道之間的高度,又令其他短身雙層巴士未能勝任,故此新巴只好跟車廠研究對策。最後,丹尼士聯同車身製造商,為新巴度身訂造十點三米三軸版三叉戟,並獲得共四十架之訂單。

的而且確,在新巴當年五百架新車訂單中,最後一款投入服務的就是十點三米三叉戟,而同時促成了SF較長陣版珍寶(LF)遲退役。說到這款獨特三叉戟,除了是全港最短的三叉戟外,同時是全港最矮的三叉戟,這都是拜要克服加列山道天橋底高度所賜。在配上都普四點一七米的DM5000車身後,這些巴士都能夠像其前輩珍寶一樣,鬆容地應付山頂道的路面。而要認出這款既短又矮的巴士是十分容易,因為其車尾路線牌箱因高度問題而由車尾太平門及空調機組件間,搬上至車頂中間位置;又因為選用較短的前跨組件,使前門較其他低地台巴士為窄,而輪椅斜板也因此被安裝於中門。新巴士除了在長度及高度跟其他三叉戟有所分別外,在機械配搭則沒有兩樣,令到巴士除了滿足山頂路線外,同時可以滿足石澳及赤柱路線需求,以及其他路線,堪稱是一款高靈活性,高載客量的百搭車款。

四十架矮身版三叉戟巴士分作兩批進行車身裝嵌,首二十架新車(3301-3320)由英國Northern Counties進行車身裝嵌工作,餘下二十架新車則於柴灣車廠進行車身裝嵌工程,亦由於此,兩批巴士在投入服務時間上也有所出入,例如3322是全隊十點三米三叉戟中第三架投入服務的新車,而不是3303。

部份新車曾經於上層車頭裝有樹檔,但已經於稍後時間拆除。而是批巴士也是新巴首批使用電子潛望鏡的巴士。而這批巴士在投入服務時,車隊編號曾經於最後加上「L」字,而為何有這安排,最多人認為的答案是代表矮車身(Low Bridge Body),但正確與否,則不得而知,而於二零零二年初開始,這個有「L」字的車隊編號已經不再採用。值得一提的地方是除了3301曾被用作宣傳十點三米三叉戟的優點外,3340也是新巴第五百架新巴士。

而於二零零二年,為提高車隊運載能力,新巴再購入二十架十點三米三叉戟,用以取代二十架購自中巴的丹尼士飛鏢(DC)。這批巴士跟先前四十架不同之處,包括採用符合歐三排氣標準的引擎,車尾改用LED剎車燈,型狀由長方型改成圓型。而所有新巴士已於同年年中投入服務行列。隨著這批三叉戟的投入服務,相信也不會再有都普車身新巴士出現於香港,因為都普跟亞歷山大在之後已經合併成Transbus International的成員,而都普再也不會生產任何巴士車身。

Still remember which bus model was the backbone of The Peak routes 15 and 15B? Yes, the answer is short wheel-based Daimler Fleetline. As NWFB taken over the franchised from CMB, full air-conditioned fleet would be the goal and the Fleetline would be replaced by the new, super low-floor and air-conditioned buses. As a very high demand of The Peak routes made Dennis Dart cannot satisfy, to go one step further, the headroom of the Mount Kellett Road Bridge only allow buses with low-bridge body passing through. Thus, no existing air-conditioned double-decker can be deployed on The Peak routes. To solve the problem, NWFB jointly worked with Dennis and a new member of the Trident family was born, the 10.3m Trident and won an order of 40 units.

The 10.3m Dennis Trident is the last bus type of the first 500 new buses joined into the NWFB fleet. As a result, the short wheel-based Daimler Fleetline can have a longer service life than the long wheel-based Daimler Fleetline. The 10.3m Dennis Trident not only the shortest Trident in Hong Kong but also featured with a overall height of 4.17m Duple Metsec DM5000 bodywork. This made them can cope with the headroom of the Mount Kellett Road Bridge. As they are fitted with a low-bridge bodyworks, the rear route indicator box was relocated on the top of the upper deck window. This is a distinct characteristic from other Duple Metsec bodyworks Trident. Since shorter front overhang parts was chosen, the entrance is much narrow than other super low floor bus and the wheelchair ramp is located at the exit. The specification of the 10.3m Trident are same as other members of the Trident family. All 10.3m Tridents mainly served Shek O, Stanley and The Peak routes. As they have high flexibility and high capacity, they can suitable for most routes operated by NWFB.

The first batch of 40 10.3m Trident received their bodyworks in two places. First batch of 20 (3301-3340) were assembled in Northern Counties plants in England while the remaining 20 were assembled in Hong Kong. Some of them were fitted with tree bumper at the early stage but were removed later. They are the first batch of buses fitted with electronic periscope in NWFB fleet. At the early stage of their service, they were classed as 33xxL which the letter "L" may mean they are low bridge buses but in 2002, this letter "L" was disappeared. 3301 was used to promote the commissioned of 10.3m Trident and 3340 is the 500th new member of NWFB.

To increase the carrying capacity of the fleet and replaced those Dennis Darts (DC) purchased from CMB, NWFB ordered a further 20 10.3m Trident in 2002. This batch of Tridents are fitted with Euro 3 emission standard Cummins ISE series engine. The rear braking lights were changed to circular in shape. All of them were entered service in mid of 2002 and they are the last batch of buses fitted with Duple Metsec bodyworks in Hong Kong after Duple Metsec become a member of Transbus International.



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