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17-03-2016, 17:40   #16
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17th March of St. Patrick's Day and in the American date format that is 03 17 so what better way to celebrate the day than with a shot of AV 317. Another aspect of St. Patrick's Day is that it brings a lot of diversions for bus routes with the city centre shut down for the parade. Gardiner Street becomes the main cross city route for buses that usually use O'Connell Street. AV 317 is seen operating one such route, the 19A. This operated from Jamestown Road in Finglas to Limekiln Avenue in Greenhills but at this point it did not have much life left to it. Network Direct replaced the 19A with the 9 in August 2011.
AV 317 is seen in Mountjoy Square. 17/03/2011

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24-03-2016, 18:19   #17
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Throwback Thursday this week is going back to 1982 and the end of rear-entrance buses in Dublin. RA 138, R 1 and KD 52 are seen on Drimnagh Road at the terminus of the 23 while on a special run to mark the end of these buses. The actual last day was over a week later on the 2nd April.
The 23 eventually became route 123 under the City Imp brand and extended to Kilnamanagh Road. 27/03/1982

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For Throwback Thursday this week are going back to 1987 and Dublin Bus is just two months old. The new compnay had settled on a colour scheme in the form of adding an orange stripe to two-tone green CIE livery but the logo had not been settled yet. KC 200 is seen at Blackrock with the first attempt at a logo on the side of the bus. This bus is also in the DART Feeder livery and route 114 to Sandyford Industrial Estate was one of those routes.
The bus was also assigned the registration XZV 200 when delivered in 1986 but was registered with the new style number plate prior to entering service. 31/03/1987

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Throwback Thursday this week is going back to 1982 and the end of rear-entrance buses in Dublin. RA 138, R 1 and KD 52 are seen on Drimnagh Road at the terminus of the 23 while on a special run to mark the end of these buses. The actual last day was over a week later on the 2nd April.
The 23 eventually became route 123 under the City Imp brand and extended to Kilnamanagh Road. 27/03/1982

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I look back at open platform buses with great affection and nostalgia, but have to admit that today's buses are more solid and safe, as well as more driver friendly.
Quite apart from the enormous effort needed to steer the older buses out of a stopping place, before power assisted steering.
R an RA buses were also built quite flimsily. I recall in 1980, sitting upstairs, and as the bus bounced over the bumps, the roof was lifting from the rest of the body at the front.

The roof front and about five feet at the sides, was severed from the window frames
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For Throwback Thursday this week we are going back just four years and to a bit of Italy...in Bray. Route 185 is one of those odd routes within Dublin Bus as it is really two routes: One from Bray to Shop River via Enniskerry and the other from Bray to Palermo. The latter terminus is within a housing estate in the northern part of Bray, near the Wicklow/Dublin border. This route is significantly shorter than the Shop River one. Today AX 616 has lost its dot matrix destination and has a LED display instead. Bray 07/04/2012

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For Throwback Thursday this week we are going back to 1988 and a bus route that is no longer with us. KC 111 is seen loading up on Abbey Street with a 51A to Beaumont Hospital. This route survived just over twenty years before being abolished on the 24th April 2009. The route was one of those oddities within Dublin as the rest of the 51 family served Clondalkin, but the 51A came no closer to it than O'Connell Street and Abbey Street. It ran to Beuamont Hospital via Ballybough, Griffith Avenue and Grace Park Road.
The bus has also two pieces of extra branding. One is for the DART as it was also used on DART Feeder services, though the 51A was not one of those routes. The second is the Dublin Millenium logo towards the rear which was to mark 1000 years of Dublin City in 1988.
Abbey Street has also undergone some change since then too with the lane the bus stopped at now the only road lane and the two in the forefront now used by the trams on the Luas Red Line tram.14/04/1988

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For Throwback Thursday this week we are going back to a scene that is no longer with us. KD 157 is seen arriving at Dun Laoghaire harbour. Although the display is showing 46A, it is in fact arriving to bring ferry passengers from the Holyhead car-ferry into Dublin City Centre. Beside it is the old harbour building that was attached to the original harbour railway station. This building was demolished a few years ago. The ferry also originally moved a few metres to a new port building when it became the HSS service. This service too has ceased. The bus service too ceased too when the HSS started as the new building was close to the railway station. 21/04/1992

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Although the display is showing 46A, it is in fact arriving to bring ferry passengers from the Holyhead car-ferry into Dublin City Centre.
The good old days when you could throw anything up on the scroll and get away with it. Also the passenger always knew what the bus was and where it was going.
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This week we are going back to 1998 for Throwback Thursday. RH 125 is seen at the bus stop outside Trinity College on Grafton Street while operating a service on route 10 from Phoenix Park to Belfield. This was one of the most famous bus routes in Dublin, taking many families to the Zoo in the Phoenix Park and many students to UCD in Belfield. This route ceased in 2010 when the northside leg was taken over by the 46A and the southside leg by the 39A. This location no longer has any bus stops as it is the route of the Luas Cross City.
Finally the bus is in an All-Over Ad for Carlsberg Lager. 28/04/1998

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Fancy wheels as well, is that an ex wedding bus?
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Fancy wheels as well, is that an ex wedding bus?
I don't think so. Think it spent most of its early years in a variety of All-Over Ads so may have been a consequence of that.
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This week for Throwback Thursday we are going back to 2010 to revisit a long lost friend. WH 1 was delivered to Dublin Bus in 2008 and was the first electric-hybrid bus delivered to the company. It was based in Summerhill. Normally it operated on cross-city route 6 though it could stray onto other routes. (Famously it once made it to Balbriggan on the 33 but failed not far from the terminus). It is seen here in Belfield after arriving from Swords on the 41X. At the time this was just the Xpresso terminus but is now the main terminus for the university.
WH 1 survived until January 2012 when it was shipped off to the UK and Ensignbus. Sadly it only lasted six months there before being completely destroyed by fire on the 9th June 2012.
Dublin Bus did not give up with electric trials with DM 2 arriving in 2014 but it only made it to 2015, a considerably shorter period in service than WH 1. Belfield 05/05/2010

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This week for Throwback Thursday we are only go back four years, but it was a significant day. Network Direct was in full swing and bus routes were changing all over the city. As part of the changes we had to say goodbye to some very well known routes. On this day in 2012 we said goodbye to the 1,2 and 3. The next day we said hello to a new 1.
The old 1 operated from Parnell Square to the power station at Pigeon House. The 2 operated from Parnell Square to Sandymount and UCD. The 3 operated from Larkhill to Sandymount and UCD. AX 483 is seen beside the sea at Sandymount. It had just operated the last 1 to the Pigeon House, which can be seen in the background. It then operated as 2 from there to Sandymount and then became a 3 to Larkhill. Today the 1 operates from Sandymount to Santry, the power station has shut down and no bus route serves it. 12/05/2012

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This week for Throwback Thursday we are only go back four years, but it was a significant day. Network Direct was in full swing and bus routes were changing all over the city. As part of the changes we had to say goodbye to some very well known routes. On this day in 2012 we said goodbye to the 1,2 and 3. The next day we said hello to a new 1.
The old 1 operated from Parnell Square to the power station at Pigeon House. The 2 operated from Parnell Square to Sandymount and UCD. The 3 operated from Larkhill to Sandymount and UCD. AX 483 is seen beside the sea at Sandymount. It had just operated the last 1 to the Pigeon House, which can be seen in the background. It then operated as 2 from there to Sandymount and then became a 3 to Larkhill. Today the 1 operates from Sandymount to Santry, the power station has shut down and no bus route serves it. 12/05/2012

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Love the Pic, but I think you are mistaken about the Power Station.
It is still supplying power to the grid, as a friend of mine works there..
https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ge...et-map#poolbeg, Also imminent is another new timetable for Route 1 although it won't include a return to the Pigeon House.
Keep up the nostalgia photo's, maybe one of these days I'll be the driver in it.
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Love the Pic, but I think you are mistaken about the Power Station.
It is still supplying power to the grid, as a friend of mine works there..
https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ge...et-map#poolbeg, Also imminent is another new timetable for Route 1 although it won't include a return to the Pigeon House.
Keep up the nostalgia photo's, maybe one of these days I'll be the driver in it.
Cheers for that. I thought the full station had shut down but I see it is just the thermal part which used the chimneys.

Could be worse routes to drive than the 1. It is very scenic and goes through some nice parts of the city. One of my favourite routes.
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