Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Dragon bows out of Hong Kong

Kowloon Motor Bus company's very last step entrance, the Dennis Dragon finally came to a end on the evening of the 6th July in Hong Kong. Huge numbers of local bus enthusiasts gathered at Star Ferry to gave it a farewell send off. ADS235 (JD4215) was the last one of the batch to retire and used on route 8, carried a full loading of enthusiasts.

Photograph was taken at Yeung Long, Hong Kong 6th May 2014 along with details, courtesy of Jimmy Sheng

ADS235 (JD4215) has another significance for being the last of the type within the fleet. KMB took a trio of tri-axle Dragons way back in 1982, and went on to take a total of 1,326 examples. Remarkably, this quantity exceeded the total number of Dominators - the 2-axle version that the Dragon originates from - that Dennis ever built (which include 40 examples that KMB acquired to its fleet in mid-80s).

ADS235 is seen on the 64k, once a haunt of the type, at Tai Po, New Territories on 17th December 2014. Photograph and details courtesy of  Tin Wong