中華巴士 China Motor Bus

中華巴士,簡稱中巴,對於一眾已成長的巴士迷,甚至巿民,是一個熟悉的名字,甚至有著不少的回憶在裡頭。中巴在香港巴士歷史上留下不少紀錄,包括引進第一架後置引擎巴士丹拿珍寶,第一架十二米三軸雙層巴士,首家保留古典巴士的巴士公司...............

不經不覺,中巴已經離開香港專利巴士巿場已經逾十年時間,但並不代表中巴早已消失,目前中巴仍然營運一支有七架單層巴士的車隊,當中最老資格要數綽號「白水箱」的Tilling Stevens Express K5LA7,這架巴士是目前全港最老資格的單層巴士,於一九四九年十二月十一日首次登記,獲編4943車牌編號。配上吉拿 5LW引擎及David Brown琱[嚙合式手動波箱,車身則由中巴自行利用木材設計及裝嵌, 一切一切至今仍然被保留著,完全反映五十年代巴士服務的模樣。「白水箱」先後經歷過訓練巴士及茶水站生涯,於一九七一年由中巴重新購入及重建,四年後,「白水箱」重建完成並重新登記車牌為HK104,迅即成為中巴宣傳車輛,出席不同場合。

目前中巴主要使用的巴士,是於一九九四年九月登記的Marshall車身丹尼士飛鏢(CX)。中巴是全港首家巴士公司大量引進飛鏢,當年這個舉動有深遠影響:提高赤柱巴士服務水平,及為日後路線轉作全空調服務,調低票價作為招徠等,時至今日,部份飛鏢仍服務於當年的對手─城巴。至於這批為數八架Marshall車身飛鏢,車身設計秉承首批飛鏢的Carlyle車身,配上行李架後全被用作服務機場路線A20,及後舊機場關閉,這批飛鏢亦被翻鬆中巴最新塗裝,銀色車身配藍色彩帶,改派往服務寶馬山居民,而最後更被中巴保留,未有加入新巴車隊。今天,八架飛鏢中,首三架已經於二零零七年退役,餘下的則已經進行十三年的COF大驗,外觀及車廂仍然保留當年原裝模樣,包括那服務機場路線而的行李架。

而最後一架單層巴士是中巴唯一一架低地台巴士,富豪B6LE。編號VC1是中巴於二零零一年向城巴購入的富豪B6LE,同時,中巴亦向城巴出售兩架保留的富豪奧林比安十一米空調巴士(VA62及64),以維持日常運作所需。VC1屬於城巴一九九八年購入最後一批富豪B6LE,配用捷聯車身,編號1355。VC1除了外觀上被鬆以中巴銀色及藍色的車身色彩,車廂基本維持著於城巴服役時的模樣。隨著中巴購入富豪這架B6LE,亦令中巴成為本港第二間擁有富豪B6LE的巴士公司。

若果你要感受中巴的服務,仍然可以於平日中午時間,乘搭往返港運城及北角政府總部的免費穿梭路線,中巴會派出三架單層巴士行走。

China Motor Bus, mostly known as CMB, is a familiar name or even a part of memories for those growth bus enthusiast and public. CMB made several records in the franchised buses history like the introduction of rear-engined Daimler Fleetline, the first 3-axle double decker and the first to preserve classic bus.

It was 10 years ago for the leaving of CMB in the franchised bus sector. However, it did not mean CMB already went out of business. CMB still operate a fleet of 7 single decker composed of Dennis Dart, Volvo B6LE and Tilling Stevens Express K5LA7. The Tilling Stevens is the oldest single decker in Hong Kong which first registered as 4943 on 11, Dec., 1949. This Tilling Stevens K5LA7 powered by a Gardner 5LW engine and David Brown 5-speed non-synchromesh gearbox. CMB designed a bodyworks with teak frame for all Tilling Stevens K5LA7 and still is preserved today. This Tilling Stevens K5LA7 was used as training bus and food kiosk after withdrawn from passenger service. CMB repurchased this Tilling Stevens in 1971 and rebuilt it bodywork. The bus was registered again as HK104 in 1981 and represented CMB to participate different public activities.

CMB is the first bus operator to introduce Dennis Dart, all fitted with Carlyle bodyworks, and the standard of Stanley bus service was upgraded by the CMB Dennis Darts. 3 CMB Dennis Dart with Carlyle bodyworks still active in service with City Bus non-franchised sector, the rival of CMB in the past. CMB acquired 8 more Dennis Dart with Marshall bodyworks (classed as CX) in 1994 for the opening of Kai Tak Airport route A20. These Darts not yet transferred to NWFB and they are the backbone of CMB at present. Marshall acquired the design of Carlyle after it closure and the modified bodywork was fitted on this batch of Dart chassis. The first three of the CX class Dennis Dart already withdrawn from service in 2007 while the remaining already undergone certificate of fitness. Their appearance and the interior still retained including those luggage racks for the airport service.

The latest member of CMB was the sole Volvo B6LE (fleet no. VC1) with Jit Luen bodywork. VC1 is not only the sole Volvo product in the fleet but also the only super low floor bus in CMB. In 2001, when CMB sold the only two double decker (Volvo Olympian 11m A/C, VA62 and 64) to City Bus, they bought a Volvo B6LE, fleet no. 1355, from City Bus to meet the demand. The interior is retained with the standard CMB livery applied and CMB become the second operator of Volvo B6LE in Hong Kong.

CMB allocated 3 single decker during the weekdays lunch hour operating between Island Place and the North Point Government Office and you may take this as a chance to experience the service of CMB.

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車隊編號 Fleet No.:-
車牌 Registration No.:HK104
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location: 九巴沙田車廠 KMB Sha Tin Depot

車隊編號 Fleet No.:LV18
車牌 Registration No.:CG4376
路線 Route:4
拍攝地點 Location:上環 德輔道西 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan

車隊編號 Fleet No.:LV140
車牌 Registration No.:CR2820
路線 Route:94
拍攝地點 Location:中環渡輪碼頭巴士總站 Central Ferry Concourse Bus Terminus

車隊編號 Fleet No.:CX6
車牌 Registration No.:GD5694
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 丹拿道 Tanner Road, North Point

車隊編號 Fleet No.:CX7
車牌 Registration No.:CJ790
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 渣華道 Java Road, North Point
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 丹拿道 Tanner Road, North Point

車隊編號 Fleet No.:CX8
車牌 Registration No.:CX908
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 渣華道 Java Road, North Point
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 渣華道 Java Road, North Point

車隊編號 Fleet No.:VC1
車牌 Registration No.:HV6755
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:北角 渣華道 Java Road, North Point

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