丹尼士巨龍 Dennis Dragon
In 1991, City Bus requested two major bus manufacturers Dennis and Leyland to develop a 10m 3-axle air-con model. City Bus hoped that this kind of new model can be deployed on routes that facing narrow road conditions. Dennis developed a new Dragon chassis which is less than 10m in length. However, City Bus only choose Leyland product instead of Dennis one and the first buyer of this Baby Dragon was KMB which ordered it first batch of 30.
City Bus then followed to order a batch of 20 Baby Dragon in 1994 to meet the demand of Stanley routes. This batch of Baby Dragon is slightly different from those ordered by KMB. The Baby Dragon ordered by City Bus is 10.3m in length due to a longer front over hang part and the specification are similar to Baby Dragon of KMB. All 40 Baby Dragons in City Bus fleet were fitted with Duple Metsec bodyworks and this is a City Bus style bodywork which an Alexander "R" style frontal design were used. All Dennis Dragons including those 12m Dragon in the fleet were bodied by Salvador Caetano in Portugal since Duple Metsec only providing body kits. From 1996 to 1997, City Bus ordered a further two batch of 20 Baby Dragons (721-740) and those commissioned in 1997, a new design of Nippon Denso air-con unit were fitted.
Like other two short-wheel based bus models in the fleet, Baby Dragon were deployed on Stanley routes and the second batch of Baby Dragon taken the place of Volvo Olympian on these routes. Except Stanley routes, Baby Dragon can be easily found on Southern district routes and at present, Baby Dragon still play a very significant role in Southern district.
There were two Baby Dragons withdrawn from the fleet during 2001 and 2002. The first to be withdrawn was 701 which converted to be the world's first double decker air-conditioned trolleybus. 701 was undergone a series of trial in City Bus Wong Chuk Hang depot after the completion of conversion works. 701 was preserved in Chai Wan depot of City Bus after the trial completed. Another withdrawn Baby Dragon was 713(GD6286) which destroyed by a serious fire during it duties on Stanley route. The rear of 735 was serious damaged by fire in 2008 and later, City Bus repaired it by using the part from a withdrawn Dennis Condor of NWFB and as a result, it rear is different from other Dennis Dragon within the same batch.
All City Bus Dennis Baby Dragon were gradually retired from the fleet since 2011, when the commissioned of Alexander Dennis Enviro400. Those Baby Dragon entered service in 1994 were started to withdraw from service since Sept., 2011 while the remaining (except 735 and 740), delicensed in the early of 2013 when the second batch of Enviro400 delivered. The last two samples still serving commuters, mainly deployed on route M47 and seldom supporting routes serving Stanley, until their retirement in May, 2014
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