亞歷山大丹尼士Enviro400 Alexander Dennis Enviro400

編號 Class:140 - 148

港鐵巴士為了替換隊中十八架一九九五年投入服務,配用Northern Counties車身的單層巴士(十五架富豪B10M及三架丹尼士飛鏢),於二零一零年十月招標購買十八架雙層巴士。有關投標結果於二零一一年三月十一日批出,由亞歷山大丹尼士奪得這份價值港幣五千五百多萬的合約,提供九架Enviro500及九架Enviro400。

亞歷山大丹尼士於二零零九至一零年先後運來三架Enviro400樣板巴士予香港試用,並得到了城巴的訂單,相反對手富豪兩軸版本B9TL,直到目前為止仍未能於香港取得成功,只有兩架樣板車於道路上行走。說回港鐵巴士,車隊中的短陣雙層空調巴士,只有四十七架由新巴轉售的丹尼士三叉戟十點六米,而在絕大部份的港鐵巴士路線,這批三叉戟均能勝任,唯有一個例外,往返流浮山及元朗東的K65路線,K65亦是最後一條未能於常規班次提供低地台巴士服務的港鐵巴士路線。

這裡有必要簡單介紹一下K65背景,K65前身是輕鐵接駁巴士655,一直以都城嘉慕都城型巴士掛帥,直到空調化時換入富豪B10M,而港鐵巴士在買入三叉戟十點六米後,曾經安排這批巴士服務K65,可惜受制於屏夏路的環境,K65常規班次一直只能使用富豪B10M,偶爾出現三菱MK及丹尼士飛鏢。踏入二零一零年,預計一九九五年投入服務的富豪B10M臨屆退役之年,需要尋找後繼車款接替B10M在K65的角色,就在亞歷山大丹尼士於二零一零六月交付第二部Enviro400樣板車予城巴時,港鐵便聯同亞歷山大丹尼士人員,一同把這架Enviro400駛到屏夏路作實地測試。結果,試車結果令人滿意,而亞歷山大丹尼士亦成功奪得九架Enviro400新車訂單。

作為本港第三個亞歷山大丹尼士Enviro400用家,港鐵訂購的Enviro400巴士車身佈局及外觀可說集合了九巴及城巴兩間公司的大成,首先港鐵這批Enviro400屬量產型,內部所配的座椅款理所當然地配用城巴量產版的Lazzerni Pratico座椅,亦即是旗下飛鏢E200所選用的款式。而Enviro400最富特色的車頭樹檔,港鐵跟城巴一樣保留下來,而下層太平門則跟樣板Enviro400一樣是全玻璃出現,而電子路線牌則採用Hanover產品,外觀上跟九巴如出一轍。全數港鐵Enviro400提供共七十個座位(上層四十七個及下層二十三個)及二十個企位。為向乘客提供資訊,港鐵Enviro400裝有全自動報站系統,更是是港鐵巴士首款裝有同類系統之車型。

首批港鐵訂購的Enviro400底盤已經於二零一一年十月出廠,並隨即付運往珠海廣通車廠裝配車身,首架新車於二零一二年一月初運抵本港,餘下新車亦在之後時間陸續抵港,首兩架新車於二零一二年五月初出牌,獲編號140及141,這系列編號曾經用於九鐵巴士部成立之初,購入的二手都城嘉慕都城型上。在完成一系列測試及訓練,首架Enviro400 140(RJ7286)於二零一二年五月二十七日投入服務,首航K65路線。隨著餘下新車陸續於同年八月到九月間領牌,K65亦正式再一次步入全雙層巴士服務年代,除了K65,港鐵巴士亦安排Enviro400服務其他西鐵部路線。

Alexander Dennis won a HKD 5.5millions tender of 18 double decker, 9 Enviro400 and 9 Enviro500 from MTR Bus on 31, Mar., 2011. The new bus mentioned before are as a replacement for those 18 single decker with Northern Counties bodyworks (15 Volvo B10M plus 3 Dennis Dart) entered service in 1995.

During 2009 and 2010, Alexander Dennis sent 3 Enviro400 demonstrators to Hong Kong for evaluation. After almost half an year of evaluation, Alexander Dennis successfully won a tender for 38 Enviro400 from City Bus. MTR Bus Division operated a fleet of 47 Dennis Trident 10.6m acquired from NWFB and almost all the routes they can work successfully except the normal service K65. Let's talk about a brief history of K65, it was route 655 before operation of the West Rail Line and served by MCW Metrobus. After introduction of air-conditioned service, only single decker can be deployed as the restriction imposed by the narrow condition of Ping Ha Road. Since the high profile of K65, Dennis Trident 10.6m was trial run on K65 but the result was unsatisfactory.

As the Volvo B10M on K65 near the end of their service, MTR Bus borrowed the second Enviro400 demonstrator of City Bus for test run along Ping Ha Road in Jun, 2010. The result was statisfactoried and afterwards, 9 Enviro400 was ordered.

MTR Bus is the third Hong Kong bus operator to run Alexander Dennis Enviro400 and the layout together with their appearance can be considered as the combination of KMB and City Bus design. All seats within the compartment is Lazzerni Pratico as seen on the production Enviro400 of City Bus and the Enviro200Dart in MTR Bus. In addition, MTR Bus retained the tree guard at the top front while a single piece of toughened glass is as the emergency exit at the lower deck as the KMB demonstrator. A KMB style Hanover electronic display was fitted. All Enviro400 can carry 90 passengers with 47 seatings at upper deck while 23 seatings at the lower deck. Enviro400 is the first bus type in MTR Bus installed with an automatic bus stop announcement system.

All Enviro400 chassis received their bodyworks in Zhuhai Guangtong Automobile Company Ltd and the first was delivered to Hong Kong in early Jan., 2012. The first two were registered in early May, 2012 while the remaining Enviro400 were undergone delivery. All Enviro400s are classed as 140-148, a series used on the second-hand MCW Metrobus acquired by KCRC Bus Division when established. After completed all required tests and training, MTR Bus Enviro400 140 (RJ7286) first served route K65 on 27, May, 2012. K65 was subsequently converted to full double decker operation again after the remaining Enviro400 were licensed between Aug. and Sep., 2012. Instead of K65, Enviro400 also served other West Rail feeder service of MTR Bus.

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車隊編號 Fleet No.:未出牌 Unidentified
車牌 Registration No.:-
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:火炭 港鐵巴士車廠 MTR Bus Depot, Fo Tan

車隊編號 Fleet No.:140
車牌 Registration No.:RJ7286
路線 Route:暫停服務 Not In Service
拍攝地點 Location:火炭 港鐵巴士車廠 MTR Bus Depot, Fo Tan
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 元朗(東)巴士總站 Yuen Long (East) Bus Terminus
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 屏山 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Ping Shan
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 流浮山巴士總站 Lau Fau Shan Bus Terminus
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location:元朗 青山公路 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 天水圍 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai
140之上層車廂
The interior of the upper deck of 140
140之下層車廂
The interior of the lower deck of 140

車隊編號 Fleet No.:141
車牌 Registration No.:RJ6613
路線 Route:暫停服務 Not In Service
拍攝地點 Location:火炭 港鐵巴士車廠 MTR Bus Depot, Fo Tan
路線 Route:K51
拍攝地點 Location: 屯門 青山公路 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun
路線 Route:K58
拍攝地點 Location: 屯門 屯貴路 Tuen Kwai Road, Tuen Mun
路線 Route:K74
拍攝地點 Location: 天瑞巴士總站 Tin Shui Bus Terminus
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 元朗 青山公路 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long

車隊編號 Fleet No.:142(左,Left),143(右,Right)
車牌 Registration No.:未出牌 Not Yet Registered
路線 Route:-
拍攝地點 Location:火炭 港鐵巴士車廠 MTR Bus Depot, Fo Tan

車隊編號 Fleet No.:142
車牌 Registration No.:RN3226
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 元朗(東)巴士總站 Yuen Long (East) Bus Terminus

車隊編號 Fleet No.:143
車牌 Registration No.:RN4128
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 天水圍 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai
路線 Route:訓練巴士 Training Bus
拍攝地點 Location: 元朗工業邨巴士總站 Yuen Long Industrial Estate Bus Terminus

車隊編號 Fleet No.:144
車牌 Registration No.:RP2529
路線 Route:K53
拍攝地點 Location: 屯門 屯門鄉事會路 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 天水圍 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai

車隊編號 Fleet No.:145
車牌 Registration No.:RP3662
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location:元朗(東)巴士總站 Yuen Long (East) Bus Terminus

車隊編號 Fleet No.:146
車牌 Registration No.:RP2851
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 天水圍 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai

車隊編號 Fleet No.:147
車牌 Registration No.:RP3460
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location: 天水圍 屏夏路 Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai

車隊編號 Fleet No.:148
車牌 Registration No.:RP8749
路線 Route:K53
拍攝地點 Location:屯門巿中心巴士總站 Tuen Mun Central Bus Terminus
路線 Route:K65
拍攝地點 Location:元朗(東)巴士總站 Yuen Long (East) Bus Terminus

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