丹尼士三叉戟 Dennis Trident
NWFB sold many surplus buses to other bus operators or other countries in 2003 and 2004 including 30 Dennis Trident 10.6m which sold to KCRC Bus Division.
The background of this story was based on the commenced of West Rail. The original plan of reconstruction of feeder service networks cannot meet the demand and give a great pressure on the feeder bus fleet. Though the problem was then solved by hiring buses from NWFB, the most effective solution was KCRC Division to acquire more buses. To go one step further, it was time to replace the aging Metrobus in the fleet. As NWFB had a surplus fleet of Dennis Trident and KCRC already operated a batch of 11.3m Trident, the introduction of 10.6m Trident from NWFB was resulted.
All Trident in the fleet were fitted with Alexander ALX500 bodyworks. There are some differences between two batches of Trident. The aluminium sheet staircase panel is seen on 11.3m Trident while those acquired from NWFB, matt black glazing was used. In addition, modified version of ALX500 bodyworks were chosen on 11.3m Trident and this can be distinguished more easily from the rear.
The first batch of KCRC Dennis Trident 10.6m were commissioned in the mid of Dec. 2004 and mainly served with LRT and West Rail feeder services in Tune Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai. One thing had to be mentioned that some of the Trident still painted with NWFB livery when they commenced into service. In the end of Dec. 2004, fleet no. 713-718, 741 and 742 were commenced into service on East Rail feeder service and to be the first low floor bus served on these service. 720 and 729 are the first two buses in KCRC Bus Division with rear-circuit television for the need of K66, one side of terminus located at Tai Tong. The rear-circuit television were then introduced to all KCRC buses except the Mitsubishi MK.
As the further reconstruction of LRT and related feeder service networks as well as the upgrade of the feeder bus fleet service standard, KCRC Bus Division introduced 17 more 10.6m Trident from NWFB with two batches. All of them were entered to service in Mar and Sept, 2005 respectively with only 745 deployed on East Rail feeder service.
KCRC were merged into MTR on 2, Dec. 2007 and all buses of KCRC Bus Division now are operated by MTR Bus Division. As the need of feeder bus decreased after the extension of West Rail commenced in Sept., 2010, East Rail feeder transferred all the surplus Dennis Trident to West Rail Section. When MTR Bus started to applied the new colour scheme, 743 is the fourth MTR Bus to be repainted with the new MTR Bus Division livery in the end of Sept. 2009. All Dennis Trident completed the work of repainting the new livery and among the, 747 is the last to received it new clothe.
As the commission of the brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro500MMC and the Volvo B9TL, besides the Volvo Olympian, MTR Bus also withdrawn the second hand Dennis Trident 10.6m since 2105 and the first to be retired is 737(JD1982), delicensed on 5 Mar ., 2015. Until 14 Dec., 2016, only two Dennis Trident (719/JC8013 and 723/JD1704) left in MTR Bus.
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