利蘭Atlantean AN68 Leyland Atlantean AN68
Leyland Atlantean是第一款利蘭生產的後置引擎雙層巴士，於五十年代末開始出產，一直到1984年才停產。最早在香港出現的Atlantean是於七十年代由中巴及九巴引進的二手Atlantean PDR1/1 ，分別用作應付過海隧道路線急速增長的客量及加派雙層巴士服務新界巴士路線。所有這些二手Atlantean巴士均在八十年代初期退役，由其他新款巴士取代。
在一九九三年，因應接辦中巴二十六條路線，城巴向新加坡巴士(Singapore Bus Service，現稱新捷運，SBS Transit)購入合共一百零一架Leyland Atlantean AN68巴士，亦即是Atlantean家族中最後期版本了，有別於早年的Atlantean PDR1/1。在這批巴士中，九十九架配上亞歷山大L型車身，餘下兩架則配上R型車身，而這兩架R型車身Atlantean並未有用作載客用途，編號699用作訓練巴士，另一架則用作零件車。至於配用L型車身的Atlantean，除了兩架(編號628及660)留作訓練巴士而未有進行翻新，其餘一律進行翻新工程，包括換上R型車身頭幅，令巴士看上來，更富時代感。至於引擎及波箱則保持在新加坡時的配搭，利蘭O.680引擎及SCG GB350半自動波箱。
Leyland Atlantean was first produced in 1958, the first rear-engined bus model of Leyland, it production was ceased in 1984. In early 1970s, Atlantean were found in Hong Kong as a result of the introduction by KMB and CMB. All of them are second-hand buses and the model is PDR1/1.CMB acquired those second-hand Atlantean to meet the dramatic increase in demand after the commencing of the cross-harbour tunnel while KMB deployed the Atlantean on New Territories routes to provide double decker bus service on these regions. All of them were withdrawn at early 1980s.
In 1993, City Bus was tendered 26 routes used to operate by CMB successfully. City Bus ordered 200 buses for the expansion of networks and 101 of them, are Leyland Atlantean acquired from Singapore Bus Service, now known as SBS Transit. The model this time is AN68, the latest model among the Atlantean family. All of them fitted with Walter Alexander bodyworks but 99 of them are L-type bodies while the remaining 2 fitted with R-type bodies. The two Atlantean with R-type bodies had never used in passenger services, one of them was as training bus while the other, as parts reserve. City Bus carried refurbishment works on those fitted with L-type bodies Atlantean and the frontal design was changed into R-style except 628 and 660, which both of them used in driver training. The mechanical specification was remain unchanged.
City Bus deployed those refurbished Atlantean on Southern district routes like 48, 72, 72B, 98, etc and Western district 5-series routes. As all of the Atlantean were 12-13 years old when they joined into City Bus, a nickname of "Old Mrs Wong" was resulted. They were soon replaced by other brand new air-conditioned buses after 1-2 years service as City Bus aimed at to provide fully air-conditioned service. Some Atlantean were assigned on Stanley route after 14 more routes acquired from CMB in 1995.
City Bus planned to withdraw all remaining Atlantean in 1997, however, it can only achieve this goal by the early in 1998. Within this period, those Atlantean mainly deployed on 5A and only seen on weekdays. To avoid the overlapped of fleet number after more Volvo Olympian 12m entered service, A-prefix was added before the fleet number of the Atlantean.
About 50 Atlanteans had shipped to South Africa after their withdrawal from service, but unfortunately, they were never re-entered service there until being scrapped. Some of the withdrawn Atlantean used as training in City Bus and one of the Atlantean, A633(FS7534) now was preserved at Tung Chung depot.
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