CMB MCW METROBUS - ML1
The China Motor Bus MCW Metrobus numbered ML1 was the first ever tri-axle MCW Metrobus built by Metro-Cammell Weymann, in their Birmingham UK factory. It was also one of 2 prototypes before full production of the ML class for China Motor Bus.
This bus was the first tri axle double decker to arrive in Hong Kong in 1981, together with second prototype ML2. These 12-metre long vehicles were known as "Super-Metrobus". In return, CMB purchased an additional 82 Super-Metrobuses (ML3-ML84) between 1983 and 1988.
The intent of these high capacity buses was to find a solution to cope with the rapidly increasing population of Hong Kong and the increase in demand for cross harbour tunnel bus services that linked Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.
ML1 was passed on to New World First Bus on 1 September 1998 with the remains of the Hong Kong Island franchise. As promised by the new operator, all non air conditioned buses were to be withdrawn by 2000, which included ML1.
ML1 was purchased by Ensignbus in the UK together with the other 80 similar vehicles from the fleet. It formed part of a group of 40 which were shipped to Australia for a new life as private sighting buses, to cope with the demand from the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney. ML1 was then sent to Adelaide with it's roof retained.
It was withdrawn in 2005 and subsequently purchased and restored back into CMB livery by a member of Sydney Bus Museum. It was donated to the Sydney Bus Museum in 2018.
ML1於1981年5月登陸香港，並在同年於過海隧道路線上投入服務。由於試驗結果非常滿意，連同及後的三門樣版ML2, 令車隊內的同款巴增加到84部 (ML3-ML84)。
ML1於1998年9月1日連同餘下的港島巴士專營權過檔給新世界第一巴士公司。 由於新營運商答應會於接辦後取代所有非空調巴士。ML1 於2000年退役。 其高載客量的優點被英國Ensignbus巴士看中，同款巴士的80部，分別運往英國及澳洲。