I’ve written before about retired Hong Kong buses in Australia, but here’s a different example – a retired Singapore double-deck bus was purchased by a private collector and shipped to Hong Kong.
Bus SBS9844Z was first registered in April 2003, and used in Singapore until reaching the end of its 17-year statutory lifespan. It was was retired from service in April 2020 and was sold to a private collector, arriving in Hong Kong aboard the vessel Hoegh St. Petersburg on 3 August 2020.
A total of 50 Volvo Super Olympian buses entered service in Singapore between 2002 and 2003, with a Volvo B10TL chassis fitted with Volgren CR222LD bodywork, supplied as a complete-knock down (CKD) kit and assembled in Singapore.
And some videos
Here we see SBS9844Z under tow in Singapore following retirement.
Headed to the port.
On arriving in Hong Kong, it made a special excursion for National Day of the Republic of Singapore.
Has popped up on the streets of Kowloon.
Met up with a Hong Kong cousin – the last Citybus Volvo Super Olympian double decker.
And featured in a video for HK Bus Channel 巴士台.
Footnote: the crossover you never knew you needed
A photo of a Tower Transit bus in Singapore showing a route 106 ‘Wong Tai Sin’ destination did the rounds of the internet back in 2016, so a Hong Kong bus fan repaid the favour and programmed the Singaporean route 106 ‘Bukit Batok’ destination onto one of their buses.
— Jinhua Kuek 郭进华 (@kuekj) June 8, 2016
- SBS9844Z: Preserved SBS Transit bus in Hong Kong – Land Transport Guru
- Photos after arriving in Hong Kong – 縱橫巴士綫．BusLanes
- Retired double decker SBS bus shipped to Hong Kong after being bought by private collector – Mothership
- 新加坡 SBS Transit Volvo B10TL 雙層巴士 退役後飄洋到港 – HK Bus Channel 巴士台
- [保留巴士] 前新加坡SBST Super Olympian抵港 – HKiTalk