Argos Bus Services Company Ltd – initially used secondhand UK double-deckers
IDJ: When Cheung Wah Shipbuilding & Engineering Company was the labour supply contractor for the construction of Castle Peak Power Station they had to bring in several hundred and later probably thousands of workers daily to what was then a remote site.
Eventually the ARGOS Bus Co was created by Cheung Wah using a fleet of secondhand double-deckers from the UK and running in HK still with their UK town destinations on the headboards.
These buses were virtual wrecks, but they did the job.
HF: As IDJ says the Argos Bus Services Co., Ltd was established in 1981 initially to provide in-house transportation for the employees of its parent company – Chung Wah Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. It was one of several subsidiary companies of Chung Wah.
The above image comes with this information: Originally new to the Tayside Regional Council fleet in 1975 and numbered 175, Argos acquired this and two other similar vehicles (176 & 177) in 1984.(1)
IDJ and I have been unable to find an image of Argos using UK double deckers. Can anyone find one?
As an aside while I was living in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the early 1990s, old London Routemasters use to rumble sedately through the city leaning at alarming angles but eventually arriving at Pettah bus station.
- Argos Bus Services Company Ltd – website
- Hong Kong Buses Volume Four – Argos Bus Services Co. Ltd. – Also Featuring Cascade Turist Service (CIC) and Yau Fung (Hong Kong Bus), Michael C Davis, DTS Publishing, Croydon, 1995
- Victoryguy’s photo gallery – Argos bus images plus many more in HK, UK and Europe