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In the first few years of franchised service of Citybus Limited, it suffered serious shortage in buses. They tried to acquire different types of buses, both first hand and second hand, from other operators and manufacturers. A good example is the Volvo B6 introduced in early 1995.
Originally, this bus was a demonstrator of Volvo in Hong Kong. Initially, Citybus planned to purchase tens of Dennis Darts to fulfill its single-decker fleet. But Dennis was very busy in producing Darts for other operators. Volvo also replied that they needed time to build similar buses. Eventually, this impatient company bought this demonstrator to become its first franchised single decker, registered as GJ155 and assigned fleet number 1301. It was the only Hong Kong bus receiving Alexander Dash bodywork.
Initially, it had been deployed to different routes. After some time, it was become a member of Southern Route 76. When I rode on this bus, I found that the suspension and the noise insulation was mediocre. On top of that, the Sutrak air-conditioning system was not strong enough even if there were only a few passengers on board.
This bus was sold to Stagecoach in Britain in 2000.
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Page created: 9 July 1999
Last updated: 8 January 2012