It is 2001 and P 4 is seen on O'Connell Street with a 122 to Ashington. The bus had been delivered to Dublin Bus in 1993 for use on CitySwift route 39 to Clonsilla. However as the CitySwift routes became more popular, they transitioned over to double-deck buses, freeing up the single deckers like the P class. It was not just the CitySwift routes that became more popular, but so did the minibus operated City Imp routes. Therefore the P class were repainted into City Imp yellow/red and transferred to those routes, like the 122. Around the same time, some midibuses were purchased, like the WV in the background of this photo.
The 122 runs from Ashington off the Navan Road to Drimnagh Road via Cabra and Rialto, and still runs today. But it too has now gone over to double-deckers. The route no longer stops outside Easons though,but instead on Upper O'Connell Street. The P Class buses were withdrawn in the early 2000s and transferred to Bus Eireann where they were used on school services.
O'Connell Street, 10/01/2001
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It is 2012 and the sun is setting on RV 568 at UCD Belfield. The bus is operating route 17 from Rialto to the DART station at Blackrock. This was, and still is, a popular route with students of the college.It is one of the orbital routes in Dublin and connects places like Crumlin, Rathfarnham and Dundrum as it crosses the southern part of the city. However it was one the routes that the NTA put up for tender, and by the end of 2018 it will probably be operated by Go-Ahead. If not in 2018, it definitely will be in 2019 as that company takes over the orbital routes.
The sun literally did set on RV 568 in 2012 as Dublin Bus withdrew the last of the Olympians. A Donnybrook bus when the picture was taken, it spent its final weeks in Summerhill before ending its days in service in October.
This bus stop in UCD Belfield is also now gone, and is the location of a lake with some ducks and swans. 18/01/ 2012
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It's 1985 and D 271 is seen parked at the 61 terminus on Townsend Street. At the time the route connected the City Centre with Churchtown on the southside of the city. The route was later removed from the network but then reappeared in the 21st Century as part of Network Direct. However, this time it was on a different routing, connecting the City Centre with Whitechurch. Together with the 44 it provides two buses an hour between Dundrum and the city, and both routes serve a bus stop at this location on Townsend Street.
D 271 entered service in 1969 and was withdrawn by CIE in 1985. 28/01/1985
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A short hop back to a long route in 2011. RV 503 is seen at the Eden Quay terminus of route 65 to Blessington. This is the longest route operated by Dublin Bus, covering approximately 40km. The other contender for this title is the 33 to Balbriggan on the northern edge of County Dublin. However that was based on one bus a day which went via Portrane, but it now terminates in Skerries. The 65 currently has three southern termini: Blessington, Ballymore Eustace and Ballkyknockan. The latter is served twice a day, Monday to Friday, making it one of the more unusual routes in Dublin. Currently in 2018 the 65 departs from underneath Tara Street station on Poolbeg Street. 01/02/2011
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It is another trip back to 1985 to a route that has not appeared in this series before. D 387 is seen on Townsend Street with a 47B to Grange Road. The 47 family of routes primarily served Rathmines, Rathfarnham and Ballyboden/Whitechurch. The 47 went to Tibradden, the 47A to Rockbrook and 47B to Grange Road. All routes survived until September 1999 when they were removed from the network. The 47 returned in 2008 but on a much different routing.
D 387 entered service in 1970 and was withdrawn in 1986. 06/02/1985
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love this thread, good ole days, keep em coming!
It's 1983 and D 279 is seen at the 62 terminus in Kilmacud (or is it Stillorgan?). This terminus is located just off the Lower Kilmacud Road, but is just behind the Stillorgan Shopping Centre. However the route more appropriately served the Kilmacud area, so the destination on the front of the bus is probably the right choice. A number of routes have terminated over the years, the 52, 62, 64, 64A, 46B and most recently the 11. With the rerouting of the 11 to Sandyford Business District during Network Direct, this terminus is no longer used, but the 47 and 75 still serve the Lower Kilmacud Road.
The 62 operated from the City Centre to here via Ranelagh, Clonskeagh and Goatstown, and ceased in 1999 when it was merged with the 11.
D 279 entered service in 1969 and was withdrawn in 1985. 17/02/1983
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It's 1988 and KD 74 is seen in the north County Dublin town of Skerries. It is operating route 33 to Babriggan, the most northerly place on the Dublin Bus network, and where Dublin Bus remeets Bus Eireann. The 33 can trace its roots back to the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) and the bus services it operated in conjunction with its railway operations. When the company was absorbed into CIE (and the UTA in Northern Ireland) in 1958 the bus routes became part of the Dublin city network. The route still operates today, and is supplemented by the 33A which operates between Swords and Skerries/Balbriggan. This latter route is due to be operated by Go-Ahead while the 33 stays with Dublin Bus. In the past Skerries used to have short workings between its railway station and the main street, which was not a very long journey.
KD 74 entered service around 1981/82 and has gained a Dublin Millennium logo in the rear downstairs window, to mark a thousand years of Dublin city in 1988. It is in the Dublin Bus livery which was about a year old at this point, although the bus stop is still CIE. 21/02/1988
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33 is a nice semi-rural spin, but you are getting closer to your old County Bridge haunt.
What way does the 33 run between Skerries and Balbriggan, and how many go the full distance?
It goes along the coast road between Skerries and Balbriggan, along the railway line. I don't think many people go all the way on the 33, it is more used by people to go between the towns. It and the 33A are very busy at the weekend bringing people from the north county to Pavilions in Swords. When I worked night shifts I did like the getting the 0620 33 home to Balbriggan from the city.
It's 1997 and threre is some contrast on the streets of Dublin. KD 218 is seen loading up on Abbey Street with a 39 to Clonsilla. The route had transitioned to CitySwit operation in 1993 and was replaced by single-deckers operating a high-frequency timetable. Some of them can be seen behind the KD. Due to the increase demand on this route Dublin Bus did get some new Olympian double-deckers branded for CitySwift from 1996 on, so it is somewhat unusual to see the much older KD on the route in 1997. This bus had been delivered between 1982/83 and was coming near the end of its career at this point.
In 2018 no buses terminate on this part of Abbey Street and the 39 runs from Burlington Road to Ongar. 01/03/1997
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It is the year 2000 and GAC Bombardier KC 197 is still in service, but not for much longer. The bus entered service in 1982 five years before Dublin Bus was incepted, and eight months later all Bombardier buses had been withdrawn by Dublin Bus.
KC 197 operated out of Clontarf Garage and is seen here operating route 53. This is one of the shorter routes in Dublin, operating from the City Centre to Dublin Port via East Wall. Journey time is under half an hour. The bus is seen here at a terminus on Abbey Street. The bus stop has the 51A on it, and the 53 traditionally operated from Beresford Place. Today the route goes from Talbot Street, and this terminus is used by the 33, 41/A/B/C. Abbey Street, 07/03/2000
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It's March 1988. Dublin Bus is just over a year old and a smart looking D 540 is seen on Eden Quay. The bus was fifteen years old at this point, having been delivered new to Phibsborough in 1973. However in 1987 it moved to Ringsend where it stayed until withdrawn in 1991.
The bus is seen on Ringsend route 15B. This operated from Eden Quay to Ballyroan, although in later years it went to Whitechurch and currently goes to Stocking Avenue. 15/03/1988
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A lot has changed in this picture from 2012. On St. Patrick's Day of that year, a fire in a building on Benburb Street/Queen Street resulted in the Luas Red Line closing in the city centre. Trams could only run from Saggart/Tallaght to Heuston Station. As a result Dublin Bus had to provide extra buses between Connolly and Heuston to cater for the demand. Most garages had to provide buses, often doing a trip on the shuttle after arriving into the city from their usual routes. DT 4 is one such bus that was based out of Harristown. It usually operated extra duties on other routes in the peaks. The bus was withdrawn in 2017 and was sold to Ashbourne Connect. Behind it is a Donnybrook VT on a short 145 to the Belfield fly-over at UCD. This bus [is still with Dublin Bus, but has lost its dot-matrix destination for a LED one. Heuston, 22/03/2012
Throwback Thursday (115) by Cathal O'Brien, on Flickr