Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Jubilant
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The Dennis Jubilant was a front engined double decker bus chassis manufactured by Dennis between 1977 and 1981. It was specifically designed for contemporary operating environment (hilly roads and "one-man-operation" with a farebox) in Hong Kong.
The chassis design featured a set-back front axle, which enabled the front door to be located in front of the front axle, and a strengthened chassis frame. It could be fitted with Gardner 6LXB engine and Voith DIWA 851 automatic gearbox.
Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) received four Dennis Jubilant prototypes for evaluation, they were fitted with KMB's own bodywork (utilising parts from British Aluminium Company) and entered service in 1977/78. After the trial of the prototypes, KMB introduced 209 Jubilants with Alexander KB bodywork between 1979 and 1981, and 150 Jubilants with Duple Metsec bodywork between 1981 and 1982.
One Jubilant chassis was delivered to Cape Town, South Africa and was fitted with bodywork supplied by Bus Bodies (South Africa) Limited.
Kowloon Motor Bus also received one air-conditioned Jubilant coach with Alexander KB bodywork and put it into service in 1980. The air-conditioner was driven by a separate engine mounted at the rear. However, the air conditioning proved unreliable and was removed in 1983. The coach was downgraded to a bus few years later.
China Motor Bus wrote off one of its Dennis Jubilants after a fire in 1993. The other 29 buses were transferred to New World First Bus on 1 September 1998 after the franchise of CMB was terminated, they were replaced by new buses by September 1999.
Kowloon Motor Bus also had two of its Jubilants prematurely withdrawn, and in 1994 started to withdraw the rest of its Jubilants. During the process of withdrawal, some of the Jubilants took over the role of the Leyland Victory Mark 2 (the competitor of Dennis Jubilant) in the fleet. The last bus was withdrawn in January 2000.
The Dennis Jubilant was also known as "duck" in Hong Kong because the Alexander-bodied Jubilants looked like the Leyland Victory Mark 2 which was also known as "chicken" in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong seeks trad deckers Commercial Motor 11 November 1977
- Luxurious deckers Commercial Motor 8 December 1978
- KMB sees double Commercial Motor 1 November 1980
- Taking the lid off buses in boxes Commercial Motor 9 May 1981
- "Hong Kong Buses Part 3: Kowloon Motor Bus" Fleetline issue 249 July 1997 page 119
- Dennis Jubilant Bus Lists on the Web
- Kowloon coaches Commercial Motor 12 July 1980
- Media related to Dennis Jubilant at Wikimedia Commons
- Images of KMB's Dennis Jubilant
- Images of CMB's Dennis Jubilant
- Images of NWFB's Dennis Jubilant