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Old 31-08-2017, 09:48 PM
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This week it is a short hop back to 2012, when things were changing on Dublin Bus. On this day I went out to photograph as many RVs as possible in operation as their days were numbered. The new GT class had started to arrive, and indeed I saw GT 3 in Donnybrook Garage that day. These were the first new buses bought since 2009. The RVs would last for just another four months.
However, on that day another interesting thing was happening. Three months earlier route 44 from Enniskerry to the City Centre had been extended north to Larkhill, replacing route 3. Usually it was operated by double-deckers, but on this day one of the midi-buses operated the 13:30 departure from Larkhill to Enniskerry. Thanks to a tip-off I was able to travel on WV 50 from Ranelagh to Dundrum, where it is seen as it continues on its journey south. This bus survived in service until 2016. The route now is usually operated by GT or SG class double deckers. WVs are still common in Dundrum as they operate the 44B, but are due to be replaced soon. 31/08/2012

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Old 01-09-2017, 12:04 AM
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This week it is a short hop back to 2012, when things were changing on Dublin Bus. On this day I went out to photograph as many RVs as possible in operation as their days were numbered. The new GT class had started to arrive, and indeed I saw GT 3 in Donnybrook Garage that day. These were the first new buses bought since 2009. The RVs would last for just another four months.
However, on that day another interesting thing was happening. Three months earlier route 44 from Enniskerry to the City Centre had been extended north to Larkhill, replacing route 3. Usually it was operated by double-deckers, but on this day one of the midi-buses operated the 13:30 departure from Larkhill to Enniskerry. Thanks to a tip-off I was able to travel on WV 50 from Ranelagh to Dundrum, where it is seen as it continues on its journey south. This bus survived in service until 2016. The route now is usually operated by GT or SG class double deckers. WVs are still common in Dundrum as they operate the 44B, but are due to be replaced soon. 31/08/2012

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Old 07-09-2017, 10:45 PM
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This week we are going back to the year 2000. WV 7 is at the 150 terminus on Hawkins Street with a service to Rossmore. The bus is a year old at this point, and is one out of what will be a fleet of fifty-two midi-buses. These are bigger than a minibus and smaller than a standard single-decker bus. At the time the 150 route was still part of the City Imp brand, but within a few short years this had been dropped.
At this time this end of Hawkins Street allowed traffic to access Burgh Quay. Now things are different. Traffic can only go one way on Hawkins Street, from the quays towards College Street. The spot where the bus stop is, is now on the route Luas Cross City tram line. Since the picture was taken the 150 has shifted terminii a few times, spending the longest on Fleet Street, but in recent times has returned to Hawkins Street, but of course facing the opposite way. The 150 today is operated by double-decker buses. Two WVs survive in service but mainly on the 44B. 10/09/2000

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This week we are going back to 2009 and a massive public transport operation in north County Dublin. On the 21st Ausgust 2009,part of the railway viaduct was washed away. This resulted in the Belfast to Dublin railway line being closed between Donabate and Malahide. As most of the route between Drogheda and Dublin served important commuter towns, a contingency plan had to be quickly put into place. Dubliln Bus assumed responsibility for extra services between Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Dublin. The 33X went from one departure a day to a bus every ten minutes in the peak, and some weekend services. To cope with the demand, some buses were put back into service after previously being withdrawn. RV 506 was one such example, which may explain the upside down destination. It is seen here in Skerries with a 33X to Dublin. This service used the M1 motorway and Port Tunnel to get to the city, taking about an hour, end to end. When the railway line reopened in November 2009, some of the extra 33X services were maintained and it still runs today in 2017. 14/09/2009

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Old 21-09-2017, 09:35 PM
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A trip back this week to 2003. DT 4 is seen on O'Connell Street with a service on route 19 from Jamestown Road to Bulfin Road. DT 4 was one of the ten Dennis Tridents delivered to Dublin Bus in 2003. Since 2000 Dublin Bus had received buses from Alexander which later became Alexander Dennis. The buses were delivered with ALX 400 bodies but with Volvo chasis/engines (AV/AX Class). The DT represented a complete package from Alexander Dennis. Although these were a more powerful bus than the standard AV Dublin Bus only received these 10, whereas they received 649 Vovo versions over six years. Now in 2017 the DT Class is about to be withdrawn and replaced with new SG types from Wrights. Today the class can normally be found on peak-time extras and operate out of Harristown Garage.
It is interesting to note that the bus has no ad-frames but were later fitted. 21/09/2003

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Old 28-09-2017, 11:14 PM
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RV 563 is seen in Dublin Airport in 2001. It is at the terminus of route 746. Although in numerical sequence with Airlink routes 747 and 748, the 746 was not a premium fare route but rather one of the standard city routes. It operated from Dun Laoghaire on the southside of the city. It followed route 46A to the city, before continuing on through Drumcondra and Santry to the city. The route operated hourly through the day and provided a useful cross-city connection. It did not survive though and was removed under Network Direct in 2010.
RV 563 lasted longer than the bus route and remained in service up until 2012, but not in Donnybrook Garage. It was later sold to Callinan Coaches. 27/09/2001

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Old 29-09-2017, 01:13 AM
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This week we are going back to the year 2000. WV 7 is at the 150 terminus on Hawkins Street with a service to Rossmore. The bus is a year old at this point, and is one out of what will be a fleet of fifty-two midi-buses. These are bigger than a minibus and smaller than a standard single-decker bus. At the time the 150 route was still part of the City Imp brand, but within a few short years this had been dropped.
At this time this end of Hawkins Street allowed traffic to access Burgh Quay. Now things are different. Traffic can only go one way on Hawkins Street, from the quays towards College Street. The spot where the bus stop is, is now on the route Luas Cross City tram line. Since the picture was taken the 150 has shifted terminii a few times, spending the longest on Fleet Street, but in recent times has returned to Hawkins Street, but of course facing the opposite way. The 150 today is operated by double-decker buses. Two WVs survive in service but mainly on the 44B. 10/09/2000

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That's the bus route I use going to my mums most times now. I was a daily traveller on the 150 before moving northside in 2005. Loved those little buses too.
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It is 2001 and RV 592 is seen at the bus terminus in UCD Belfield. It is waiting to depart with a 50X to Killinarden in Tallaght. the 50X had a lifespan of just under 20 years, starting in 1990 as part of the CitySpeed brand and ending in April 2009 during the review of the network and the removal of low usage routes. Although as the crow flies the distance between Tallaght and UCD is not great, the bus route operated via the City Centre, which added to its route length. Although route 50 was operated by Ringsend Garage, the 50X was one of the extra duties operated by Broadstone Garage.
The terminus at UCD Belfield has now been relocated and this location is now a lake and green area. The bus was withdrawn in 2011. 09/10/2001

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It is a trip back twenty years to 1997 this week and RA 279 on Hawkins Street. It is about to depart for Rockbrook with a trip on the 47A. This was one of the older routes in Dublin, and ran in conjunction with the 47 and 47B, serving places like Rockbrook, Tibradden and Grange Road. The routes were removed from the network in September 1999.
The 47 returned in 2008 but instead served Belarmine and Sandyford. Rockbrook was served initially by the 161 from Nutgrove, though now from Dundrum, and the occasional 61 from the City Centre.
Although the bus is in City Swift livery it was not a City Swift route, with these buses usually found on the 46A.
This is bus stop is still in use on Hawkins Street, but not by the 47. The route does pass it on the way from Poolbeg Street to Townsend Street, as does the 61 from Eden Quay. The road on the left is now tram tracks. 12/10/1997

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Well done CS..... a marvelous catalogue of history you've created here for posterity.
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