猛獅 NL262 / NL263 / NL273 MAN NL262 / NL263 /NL273
編號 Class：請參照各車型支頁，Please refer to each sub-page
除了上述的HKR115因交通意外提早退役，DBAY107(JL8594)亦率先於二零一一年退下火線，其位置由一架配順豐車身的猛獅NL323取代。而在二零一四年愉景灣向亞歷山大丹尼士購買Enviro200時，其中一架十一點三米版本新車用件取代DBAY135(JL6971)，並沿用了原車隊編號。至於二零一六年一月，除了一架愉景灣一手購入的NL262及四架來自城巴的同款巴士退役外，DBAY188(KS3963)亦在是次退役名單上，成為車隊中首部退役的NL263，而最後兩架NL262 包括DBAY131(JL7593)及DBAY35(JM1972)，則在愉景灣區內服役至二零一七年四月才退下火線。不論配Caetano或順豐車身的NL263，最終都於二零一八年九月開始逐一被配用順豐Lion's City Hybrid車身的NL323所取代，最後一架退役的NL263為DBAY198(NA1909)，並且於二零一八年十一月退役後，被改裝成愉景灣隧道意外事故搶救訓練車。
Before the introduction of the pair of Mercedes Benz O405, the entire fleet of DBTSL was composed of minibuses and full-sized single decker from Japan. As the continuous growth of demand along with the development of Discovery Bay, DBTSL started to looking for buses with higher capacity and as mentioned above, the O405 was chosen and the chapter of using European bus model was started. To cope with both fleet and networks expansion, more buses were purchased and most of them were from Mercedes Benz as well as MAN and Dennis. A batch of MAN NL262 full-sized single decker was purchased for the service linking Tung Chung Town Centre after the opening of the Discovery Bay Tunnel on 27 May 2000.
Almost at the same time, CTB placed a repeat order of MAN NL262 as a result of the satisfactory performance and there were some differences between two batches of NL262. Firstly, ZF transmission was chosen on DBTSL samples for the use on highways. Since there was only limited stops for the external service, single door version bodywork was chosen and hence, more seats offered as well as equipped with racking for passengers personal belongings. A comfortable journey was made as compartment was air conditioned by Sutrak air conditioning unit driven by the MAN engine.
Followed the opening of the tunnel, external connections between the community become mainly relied on road instead of the ferry service and there was a need for DBTSL to acquire more full-sized single decker satisfied the demand. A pair of Caetano single door bodied MAN NL263, the first Euro 3 bus in Discovery Bay, was introduced to Discovery Bay in 2001 which was the second operator of the type in Hong Kong. It should be mentioned that MAN NL263 not only the successor of NL262 but also the Bus of the Year 1999 in Oct., 1998. NL263 shared a similar design with NL262 and a Euro 3 emission standard MAN engine was fitted with a ZF fully automatic gearbox. As a standard for the DBTSL fleet, luggage racks was fitted and they were the first in the fleet with wheelchair parking bay provided. Further purchasing order for Caetano bodied MAN NL263 was made in the following year and 2 of the 5 new buses (HKR182 and 183) acquired featured with a dual-door bodywork and Voith fully automatic transmission for the use on the new internal service introduced.
Sunny Bay Station and The Disneyland Resort Line was opened in Jun. and Aug., 2005 respectively to cope with the opening of the HK Disneyland. DBTSL launched a new service DB03R to connect the Sunny Bay Station and extra buses need for the networks expansion. At that time City Bus was selling its redundant NL262s in its fleet and 5 of them was purchased by DBTSL. Compared to the NL262 purchased by DBTSL, the second-hand NL262 was fitted with dual-door bodyworks and parking bay for wheelchair. Moreover, Voith transmission was fitted when new in contrast to the ZF seen on the previous batch of NL262 in the fleet. One thing should be mentioned that JM1951, former 1571 in City Bus fleet was classed as HKR115 in DBTSL fleet, a fleet number originally belonged to another NL262 (JL4689). JL4689 was new in 2001 but withdrawn prematurely in 2005 after a serious accident in Tung Chung when serving DB01R. Another batch of Gemilang bodied MAN NL263 was purchased in 2007 to meet the growing demand of external services, the mechanical specification was same as HKR182 and 183 and Nippon-Denso air-conditioning was chosen. Besides DBTSL, only NHKB operated the Gemilang bodied NL263 and the batch acquired by the former was the last of the type in Hong Kong.
A brand new corporate image of Discovery Bay was launched in 2008 and the original green and white livery for the DBTSL fleet including MAN NL262 and NL263 was changed into the new purple and white livery with the fleet suffix changed to DBAY as well.
The successor of NL263, the NL273 was first introduced by NLB in early 2008 and followed by Discovery Bay a year later, they were as a replacement of the Mercedes Benz O814 (DBAY71 and 72) and strengthen the capacity of the DBTSL fleet. A facelift version of Gemilang bodywork was chosen and all the DBSTL NL273 was powered by a MAN engine that complied with Euro 4 emission standard and a Voith fully automatic gearbox. In addition, Nippon-Denso air conditioning unit was chosen as seen on the last batch of the NL263. An additional order for 3 Gemilang bodied NL273 was made and delivered in the end of 2008 to cope with the development of the Discovery Bay North.
The first NL262 to be withdrawn was HKR115 as mentioned above and DBAY107(JL8594) was replaced by a NL323 in 2011. When the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 entered service in 2004, the sole 11.3m sample was as a replacement of DBAY135(JL6971). All but one of the second-hand MAN NL262 together with a single door NL262 were retired in Jan., 2016 and DBAY131(JL7593) and DBAY35(JM1972) were the last two NL262 serving the community which finally reached their end of service life in Apr., 2017. In Jan., 2016, DBAY188(KS3963) become the first NL263 withdrawn from the fleet and all of them was finally replaced by the MAN NL323 with the Lion's City Hybrid bodywork supplied from Gemilang since Sep., 2018 and the last NL263 to be retired was DBAY198(NA1909) and it was converted as rescue training bus of Discovery Bay Tunnel after it withdrawal in Nov., 2018.
With the commissioned of the Euro 6 version NL323, the MAN NL273 finally withdrawn from the fleet since Oct., 2021 and DBAY195(NY7716) was the first to be replaced and only two NL273 (DBAY72 and 197) survived as in Aug., 2022.
回到上一目錄 Back To Last Index回到主頁 Back To Main