丹尼士巨龍 Dennis Dragon
踏入二零一四年二月中，第二批於一九九六年投入服務的丹尼士巨龍開始有計劃退役，隨著屬於是批最後三架短龍(ADS143 - 145)於二零一四年六月二十五日執行九巴特別安排行走80M的告別班次後，於翌日除牌並退出載客車隊後，標誌著九巴車隊全數皆採用二加二座位設計。隨後在二零一四年十二月底，九巴亦開始淘汰第三代短龍，最後一架第三代短龍於二零一五年二月退役後，至於餘下最後一批五十架短龍，亦自二零一七年年初開始退役，最終於七月六日晚上，最後一架短龍ADS235(JD4215)走畢最後一個開往九龍站的8號班次之後，宣告全數短龍自載客車隊退役，亦標誌著九巴車隊全面低地台化。另外，九巴保留著兩架丹尼士短龍，除了ADS235，還包括ADS143(GV1553)。
KMB introduced it first batch of 30 Dennis Dragon 9.9m air-con. buses in 1993 to promote air-conditioned bus service, . All of them were deployed on urban routes liked 2, 16 and 234X, cross-harbour routes like 107, 108 and deployed on route 92 serving Sai Kung and Eastern Harbour Tunnel route 606 afterwards for testing their performance. According to the operation experience, Baby Dragon not only can carry more passengers than single-decker buses but also a good maneuverability when working on narrow road. To go one step further, the Baby Dragon can upgrade the service standard of routes with high demand by providing a higher capacity and air-conditioned service, but only can deploy short wheel-based due to limitation of the road.
As the decommissioning of Leyland Victory Mk 2 and Dennis Jubilant, KMB introduced two batches of 155 Baby Dragon from 1995 to 1996. The network of KMB air-conditioned service was then strengthened. The 3+2 seating arrangement is retained in the second batch Dennis Baby Dragon (ADS31-145) with a newly designed Nippon Denso air conditioning unit chosen. This batch of Baby Dragon was started to serve passengers from Feb., to Jul., 1996. They were not only replaced the Victorys and Jubilants, but also took the place of Mitsubishi MK and Dennis Dart serving routes like 3B,15, 24K, 64K, 80M, 91, 282, 284 and 299. The third batch Baby Dragon (ADS146-185) were commissioned between Dec., 1996 and Feb., 1997. 2+2 seating arrangement with coach seats were introduced to provide a much comfortable journey. This batch of Baby Dragon with a lower capacity was first served 73K, 78K, 79K, 81M, 86A and 113.
In 1997, KMB placed an order for it fourth batch, also the last batch of 50 Baby Dragons (ADS186-235) and all of them were entered service in 1999. All these Baby Dragons were completed their bodyworks in Zengcheng instead of in Hong Kong like the previous Baby Dragon did. This batch of Baby Dragon featured with with Euro II engine fitted, lower handrail at the upper-deck windscreen. Seat belt is also fitted on seats with hazard to enhance the safety of passengers. They were deployed on 264M at the early stage of service and later on, they were used on 5C, 11C, 11K, 21 for upgrading the service standard. Afterwards, KMB did not order any non-super low floor bus anymore and they become the last batch non-super low floor bus purchased by KMB.
In Apr. 04, the original handrails in ADS26 (FU1694), which was silver and green in colour were replaced by yellow coloured handrails. It is the first and the only one with this combination in its batch. This can be considered as a little improvements of the cabin environment. The Baby Dragon is mainly serving routes with low demand or roads with limitation like 28，31M，54，63X，72，72A，73A，74A，77K，81K，261，289K, etc.. In addition, they are used as reserve for supporting different routes among the KMB network.
The first Baby Dragon withdrawn from the fleet os ADS94 (GT7822) and delicensed in Oct. 08 due to the serious damage on chassis after a accident in Sep. 08. Another withdrawn Baby Dragon is ADS174 (HB691), it was involved with a serious accident in Nov., 2009 and delicensed in Mar., 2010. After 18 years of service, the first batch of Baby Dragon started to withdraw from service. ADS25(FU1098) is the first of the batch and withdrawn from the fleet in Jan., 2011. The remaining first batch Baby Dragons were gradually withdrawn from service since mid. of 2011. The last of the first batch, ADS30(FV7835) is retired after last day service on 29, Nov., 2011 serving route 299.
Since mid. of Feb., 2014, the second batch of Bay Dragon commissioned in 1996 started to quit from revenue service and KMB arranged a farewell ceremony on 25 Jun., 2014. The last three of the batch, ADS 143 - 145 were deployed on route 80M and after the farewell departure, all of them delicensed on the following day and marked the end of the era of 3+2 seating arrangement in KMB fleet. Started from the end of Dec., 2014, The third generation Baby Dragon, entered service between the end of 1996 and early 1997, withdrawn from the fleet and the last of the batch was decommissioned in Feb ., 2015. The remaining 50 Baby Dragons survived in the fleet started to withdraw from revenue service since Jan., 2017 and the last of the fleet, ADS235(JD4215) was retired after the final departure from Star Ferry to Kowloon Station on route 8 on 6 Jul., 2017 and this marked the end of non super low floor fleet in KMB. Two of the Baby Dragon, ADS143(GV1553) and ADS235(JD4215) were preserved as members of it classic fleet.
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