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Throwback Thursday



  • Registered Users Posts: 190 ✭✭ DaBluBoi

    For comparism's sake, was the 78a a very reliable route back then?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,231 ✭✭✭✭ LXFlyer

    I don’t think that “reliable” and any bus using Mount Brown ever went arm in arm?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭ Glaceon

    Reliable, pretty much. Safe, definitely not. Had some hairy experiences over the years but more often than not I was OK.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dfx-

    The 78A and 51B/C were pretty much reliable. Even by the standard of growing up around the mad 77s in the 90s in Tallaght, the 78A was definitely not safe.

    Re: the featured bus, RV469 was an awful bus in C/Rd, resident on the 78A. RV532 was excellent.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back a decade to 2012 and AV 9 on College Street with a service on route 15 to Ballycullen Road. This ALX400 bus was new to Dublin Bus in 2000. It was withdrawn in 2013 and sold on to an operator in the United Kingdom. Route 15 started running between the city centre and Scholarstown Road in 1988. At the end of 2011 it became a cross-city route from Clongriffin to Stocking Avenue, following a merger with route 128 under Network Direct. Then in early-2012 the southern terminus was cut back slightly to Ballycullen Road.

    This part of College Street was a busy location for buses for many decades, having served as a terminus for a lot of routes. Even under Network Direct it was still a busy location as seen here with routes such as the 15, 15A, 15B, 39, 39A and so on still stopping here. That all ended when Luas Cross City works started and in 2017 this became the Trinity tram stop. The background has also changed in recent years with the demolition of the building on Townsend Street in the background.  


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back fifteen years to 2007 and RV 466 on Amiens Street with a service on route 130 to Castle Avenue. This Volvo Olympian bus was new to Dublin Bus in 1999. Initially it was in CitySwift livery but was repainted in the early-2000s. It was withdrawn in 2009 and later sold on to another Irish operator.

    Route 130 started in 1996, initially as a City Imp minibus route. The 130 was the merging of two routes, the 30 and the 44A. Route 30 ran from the city centre to Dollymount via Clontarf and started in 1938. Route 44A started in 1936 and ran from city centre to Mount Prospect Avenue via Haddon Road and Castle Avenue. The 130 started with mini-buses, before getting midi-buses around 2000. However within a couple of years double-decker buses started to take-over and have remained ever since.  


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back fourteen years to Dublin Bus EV 53 on Burgh Quay with a service on route 151 to Adamstown. This route started operating between Docklands Station and Grange Castle in March 2007, running via the Crumlin Road. In July of that year it was extended to Adamstown, which was a new town being built out in west Dublin near Lucan. In 2010 under Network Direct changes the route was cut back to terminate in Foxborough. Route 25B was introduced at the same time which ran to Adamstown via Palmerstown, and provided an interchange with the 151 in Foxborough. The current 151 no longer uses Burgh Quay either. It currently crosses the River Liffey via the Roise Hackett Bridge and reaches College Street via Hawkins Street.

    EV 53 was delivered new to Dublin Bus in December 2008. In fact, this Enviro 400 entered service just two days before this picture was taken. It was withdrawn from service in February 2022.  


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we go back eleven years to RV 534 on O'Connell Bridge with a service on route 15A to Limekiln Farm. This bus was one of nearly 200 Volvo Olympians delivered to Dublin Bus in 1999, and also the last batch of high-floor double-decker buses to be delivered. This bus was withdrawn in 2012 and sold on to an operator in the United Kingdom. In the background is RV 555 on the 16 to Ballinteer, another bus that had a career from 1999 to 2012. 

    Route 15A started running between the City Centre and Whitehall Road in 1949. In 1978 it reached Greenhills, and Limekiln Farm around 1982. Two days after this photograph was taken, the city centre terminus moved from Eden Quay to Benson Street in Grand Canal Dock, and the southern terminus moved to Limekiln Avenue. Except it didn't really. For years the 19A (which became the 9) and teh 15A terminated at the same spot, but the former called it Limekiln Avenue and the latter Limekiln Farm. Under Network Direct changes in 2011, the 15A destinations were made consistent with route 9 by having both display Limekiln Avenue.

    With the move to Benson Street the 15A and 15B no longer crossed O'Connell Bridge to cross the River Liffey. 


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,803 ✭✭✭✭ crosstownk

    Happy Christmas @Csalem

    Savage weather back in 2010. The only white Christmas I've ever experienced.

    Many thanks for the 'throwback' photos every week. Have a great Christmas!

  • Registered Users Posts: 362 ✭✭ clunked

    It also would have displaced the last of the Metsec Ds in P/boro

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,498 ✭✭✭ rx8

    It's fitting that you end the year with one of the most technologically advanced and by far the fastest bus that was ever in service in the city. There was so many switches and settings that you could use to the right of the driver, that it would take you most of the day to figure out what everything did. I used to go to Conyngham Road for my rest-day to drive them on the 78A. The last bus from Kilcock always had one, and he would fly into town to work the staff special which I regularly travelled on. Going along the N4 at over 80mph was like being in a Ferrari.

    Thanks for all the pics, and Happy New Year to one and all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 681 ✭✭✭ mikeybhoy

    The days before the buses were covered in cctv if there'd been an accident too

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,498 ✭✭✭ rx8

    Well it would have been nearly 1.00am, so no traffic on the road...

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back fourteen years to 2009 and AV 264 in Parnell Square. The bus is operating a service on route 5 to Sandyford Industrial Estate. This route started operating between the City Centre and Kilmacud in 1952. In the mid-1970s its terminus was moved to the junction of Lakelands Avenue / Upper Kilmacud Road. In 1987 it was extended to Sandyford industrial Estate but in 2011 the route was withdrawn from the network. Throughout its entire existence, the route operated via The Rock Road and Ballsbridge.

    AV 264 was new to Dublin Bus in 2002. It was withdrawn in 2016 and sold on to another Irish operator. In 2023 it is still in service with Airside Coaches. 


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back a mere five years to 2018 and Dublin Bus WS 2 at the bus terminus in Dundrum. The bus is seen prior to departing for Glencullen on route 44B. This route started operating between Glencullen and Dublin city centre in 1953. In 2001 some short workings were introduced so every service did not go all the way into the city, with some terminating at Dundrum, Eglinton Road, Sandyford, Ranelagh, Kilcross and Dundrum. In 2009 the route was rationalised further, with only the Dundrum to Glencullen part kept, with a few services in the morning and a few in the afternoon, weekdays only.

    As the route makes its way up part of the Dublin mountains, only single-deckers can be used on it. In recent years it has been the last outpost for single-deckers within the fleet of Dublin Bus. Up until December 2017 three WV Class buses outlived the other members of the fleet to operate the 44B (though they also popped up on the 59 and 111 as only one bus is needed to operate the 44B). However, as they were sixteen years old at that time, they needed replacement. Dublin Bus purchased two StreetLites from Wrightbus, WS 1 and WS 2. These were the short-wheelbase version of this type. Bus Eireann operated the mid and full length version (WM and WL classes) and Go-Ahead Ireland also received 40 full-length versions to operate the orbital routes in and around Dublin (It is unknown why the 44B was not included with the tender for the orbital routes that Go-Ahead Ireland won). The WS Class entered service in December 2017 and in 2021 they were repainted in the new TFI green / yellow livery. Although bought for the 44B, they have turned up on other routes occasionally. For a period before Covid-19, one was a regular performer on the 61 in the morning, which brought the Dublin Bus single-decker into the city centre.


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭ p_haugh

    Apparently the new bus interchange is due to open sometime in February.

  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭ p_haugh

    Interestingly enough, when the 17 stops were being updated with the (then blue) TFI stop heads, the ones between UCD and Vincent's were also changed over.

    However, as you said, these services were never operated by Go Ahead. Must've been a miscommunication at some stage between the various parties involved in the transition, as not long after, these stops were reverted to the Dublin Bus stop heads.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭ Csalem

    This week we are going back twenty-seven years to 1996 and the last few days of a bus route in Dublin. RH 158 is seen parked on Marlborough Street dressed for route 44A. This route first started running between the city centre and Mount Prospect Avenue in 1936. It and route 30 ( to Dollymount) were merged into new route 130 in late-March 1996. The new route 130 was also operated by City Imp mini-buses. 44A was one of the few route numbering oddities within the bus network of Dublin city. The 44 ran to Enniskerry and the 44B ran to Glencullen, both south of the city. While the 44A terminus on Mount Prospect Avenue was within the northside suburb of Clontarf. 

    RH 158 was new to Dublin Bus in 1993. It became part of the driving school in 2006 and was withdrawn in 2008 before being sold on to another operator in Ireland. 

    In front of the bus is a van belonging to Telecom Eireann, the state-owned phone provider. It was privatised in 1999 and became Eircom.