ML_SYDNEY

ML自1999年起從新巴退役後,其生活反而更多姿多彩,它們的高載客量及良好的車身及機械狀態吸引了英國巴士公司Ensignbus,購入大批ML運往澳洲,以City Sightseeing名稱準備用作開蓬遊覽巴士,以迎接2000年於澳洲悉尼奧運會帶來的大批遊客及商機。

City Sightseeing計劃在以下城市開辦觀光巴士服務:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Canberra
  • Gold Coast
  • Adelaide

經過多年發展,據City Sightseeing網頁顯示,現時仍然運作的澳洲城市只有Sydney及Perth。其中6部ML於2006年運往倫敦行走Arriva的City Sightseeing服務。

上、下圖:Stephen Cho攝

ML_BACK

下圖:KMB3ASV3攝於被私人收藏後的ML1,在離開車廠後被短暫停泊在一爛地停車場。 幸運地ML1在行走Adelaide Tour期間沒有被City Sightseeing改為開蓬巴士,令後來的修復行動得以順利進行。

ML1_Adelaide_KMB3ASV3

下圖: 原來出售的車輛中並不包括MC,但由於其中一部出售巴士ML28被發現在底盤有裂痕,故最後改以MC9代替,而ML28則在香港拆卸。MC9被編配行走Canberra市的觀光服務,但最終從未投入服務,而車身亦沒有進行任何改裝,只是髹上紅色Canberra Tour廣告,而引擎亦與ML一樣換上Cummins引擎。在Canberra Tour服務取消後,MC9被遷往Melbourne停泊,然後在Melbourne服務停止後,最終被遷往Sydney停泊。

2011年10月30日更新: MC9已被拖往另一處廠房進行開頂工程,預計在兩個月後投入服務。(Stephen Cho攝)

MC9_FRONT
MC9_BACK

下圖:MC9於2011年末完成開蓬工程,經翻髹後以全新型像示人,就連車頭散熱水箱也換上新部件。(Stephen Cho攝)

MC9_OpenTop

由kbsgp上載的片段,看到ML在澳洲行走時的情況。

下表參考Bus Datafile及Bus Australia網頁製作而成。由於這批ML及MC在澳洲經歷多次轉變,在往後日子會繼續加入有關資料。

Fleet No. Reg No. New With-drawn Sold to
Country
Remark
ML1 CM8935 1981 1998 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing (ex Adelaide Tour 107, WTG761) in Australia in 2000, private preservation in Australia
ML2 CR4882 1981 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia for spare parts in 2000. Sold to an individual in 2001 as a Mobile home in Wollongong, NSW; Mobile Home, Albion Park. Sold to a bus enthusiast for restoration in 2010.
ML3 CY2674 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(402, MO177/TC4983) in Australia in 2000. Encountered fire accident in Perth, Australia.
ML4 CY3083 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(412, WOX272/083IDK) in Australia in 2000. Currently parked in Darwin for unknown purpose.
ML6 CY4197 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000. Current location unknown.
ML9 CY3741 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(414) in Australia in 2000
ML11 CY6656 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(411/411B/424, MO202/TV3669) in Australia in 2000
ML12 CY7152 1983 1999 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(405/420, MO8416/TV3410/TV3935) in Australia in 2000
ML13 CY7986 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(411/411A/416/421, TV3476) in Australia in 2000
ML14 CY6555 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(410, MO183/WON570/084IDK/TC5445) in Australia in 2000
ML15 CY7533 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(406) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB785, UAR772Y/NKJ785) in England in 2006
ML16 CY9368 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(407) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB779, UAR773Y/MXT179) in England in 2006
ML17 CZ894 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(105, RFF227/3398AO) in Australia in 2000
ML18 CZ2276 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(404/422, MO203/TV3667) in Australia in 2000
ML19 CZ664 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(415) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB784, UAR250Y) in England in 2006.
ML20 CZ4050 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000
ML21 CZ2806 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(425, MO201/TV3594) in Australia in 2000
ML22 CZ4476 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(412/426, TV4871/TV5654) in Australia in 2000
ML23 CZ2627 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(104, REL365/3397AO) in Australia in 2000
ML24 CZ3659 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(410) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB777/EMB776, UAR776Y) in England in 2006
ML25 CZ5554 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB783, UAR247Y) in England in 2006
ML26 CZ5864 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(106, RFF234/3396AO) in Australia in 2000
ML27 CZ6319 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Perth Tram Company(TC5858) through Liaison Tours, Manly West(060IEU) in 200?
ML29 CZ8125 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000
ML30 CZ9920 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB776/EMB777, A735WEV) in England in 2006
ML31 CZ8947 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(401, MO176) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB782, A749WEV) in England in 2006
ML32 DA397 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(101, RCG645/1396AO/TC5516) in Australia in 2000
ML33 DA2590 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(103, RDU225/1398AO) in Australia in 2000
ML34 DA3002 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(425) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB781, A750WEV) in England in 2006
ML35 DA2952 1983 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB778, A737WEV) in England in 2006
ML36 DA4121 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(413, WOX273/344IJH) in Australia in 2000
ML37 DA4520 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(413/423, TV3700) in Australia in 2000
ML38 DA6377 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(102, RDG688/1397AO) in Australia in 2000
ML39 DA7025 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(409, TC5302) in Australia in 2000. Encountered fire accident in Perth, Australia.
ML40 DA8454 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(414/428, TV6386) in Australia in 2000
ML41 DA8239 1983 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(403, MO178/ZIR085/TC5213) in Australia in 2000. Encountered fire accident in Perth, Australia.
ML42 DB1623 1984 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(411/427, AA57GQ/WOX158/TV5964) in Australia in 2000
ML43 DB1959 1984 2000 Australia/
Britain
Sold to City Sightseeing(408) in Australia in 2000, sold from City Sightseeing to Original London Sightseeing Tour(EMB780, A755WEV) in England in 2006
ML44 DB1342 1984 2000 Australia Sold to City Sightseeing(404, MO179/TC4965) in Australia in 2000. Encountered fire accident in Perth, Australia.

參考資料:

Bus Australia

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本頁建立日期: 2011年2月6日