It is 1982 and there are no Luas trams in sight. Instead D 59 is seen on Parnell Street with a 40A to Cappagh Hospital. D 59 was delivered new to Ringsend in 1967. In 1971 it transferred to Phibsborough were it remained until it was withdrawn in December 1982. The bus was finally sold for scrap in 1984. D 1 to D 217 were delivered as single door buses, while the remainder of these type of Atlanteans were delivered as dual-door buses.
The 40A was part of the 40 family routes that served Finglas and the areas around it. The route ceased to run in November 2011 when it was merged with the 40 as part of the Network Direct review of the bus network.
With the 40 becoming a cross-city route, the 40B and 40D are the only routes (along with the 120) to terminate on Parnell Street, but on the opposite side of the road to where D 59 is in the photo. The location in the photo is now a tram stop on the Luas Cross City. Parnell Street, 30/08/1982
Throwback Thursday (138) by Cathal O'Brien, on Flickr
This week we are only going back to 1998, but we are at the western extremes of the Dublin Bus network. RA 312 is seen in Maynooth (Co.Kildare) at the 67A terminus. The main 67 route ran between Dublin and Celbridge with a few extensions west to Maynooth, which operated as the 67A. Under Network Direct in November 2010, the 67 and 67A were combined and all departures on the 67 ran to Maynooth via Celbridge. Maynooth is also served by route 66 which had services to the town of Kilcock, further west than Maynooth. However Network Direct in 2010 also removed those workings and both the 66 and 67 now terminate in Maynooth.
RA 312 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in 1996. It was withdrawn by Dublin Bus in 2008 and then bought by Warrington Borough Transport. It remained in service with them until at least 2014.
The ad on the side is for Eircell, which was Eircom's mobile phone network. It was subsequently sold to Vodafone. Maynooth, 07/09/1998
Throwback Thursday (139) by Cathal O'Brien, on Flickr
It is 1996 and another all-over ad of a train on a bus. RH 90 is seen at the terminus of the 8 on Burgh Quay. The bus is in an all-over ad for Fastrack. This was the express parcel service initially operated by CIE and later Iarnrod Eireann The bus was painted to mark the 21st anniversary of the express parcel service in 1995. The concept was simple - the express passenger trains had guard vans which could had empty space that could transport items from one part of the country to another. However with the arrival of railcars in 2007 the number of guard vans on the network reduced until only the Cork and Belfast line remained. In 2009 the service was finally ended, after 35 years.
RH 90 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in 1991 and worked from Donnybrook Garage. After withdrawal it eventually ended up with the Crann Support Group in Meath after spending six months in the UK..
Route 8 connected Dalkey with Dublin City Centre until November 2016 when the route was withdrawn.
Finally beside the bus can be seen Lafayette Photography, known to many for college graduation photographs, and behind the bus is The Irish Press.
Throwback Thursday (140) by Cathal O'Brien, on Flickr
A slightly different Throwback Thursday this time were the bus is not really the primary interest in the photo but rather the background is.
D 533 is seen on Tara Street and is not operating a route. It was delivered new to Phibsboro Garage in 1973 and was withdrawn in 1991. Like a lot of buses in 1988, this has received the Dublin Millennium badge alongside the company name on the side of the bus. Apart from that there is not a lot else to say about the bus.
So why is the background more interesting? Behind the bus is Apollo House. This was built in 1969 and was one of three buildings in the area that were of a similar style. Hawkins House from 1962 and College House from 1974 being the other two. Collectively all three are regarded as some of the worse looking buildings in Dublin. With all three being eight storeys or over, they did dominate the skyline. During the 2000s Apollo House was sold and lay empty for a while. Plans existed for a long time to demolish and redevelop all three buildings but the 2008 recession delayed those plans. Before Christmas 2016 Apollo House was taken over by activists to house some homeless people and to highlight the crisis affecting the country. By early 2017 they were gone and the building was empty again. Finally 2018 demolition began and by August of that year the site was completely flattened. Around the same time Hawkins House was emptied and work began on College House. It seems after all of these decades, the redevelopment is finally happening. 21/09/1988
Throwback Thursday (141) by Cathal O'Brien, on Flickr