It is 1999 and a decade, century and a millennium is coming towards an end. And so is a bus livery. RV 326 is seen parked on Burgh Quay between duties on the 14A. It and RV 327 were the last buses delivered new in the two-tone green livery of Dublin Bus in 1997. This livery was introduced in 1987 and started to be replaced in the mid-1990s with a new cream/blue "core" livery. The VLs were the first buses delivered in a new, and unique, standard livery in 1997 ( but not the final one that was chosen). RV 326 was one of five new buses allocated to the 14A when delivered. RV 327 as mentioned was in two-tone green, RV 328 and RV 329 were in Wedding Bus livery and RV 330 was in Coastal Tours livery.
RV 326 also has the distinction of being the first RV delivered to Dublin Bus, and thus the first Volvo Olympian. The last one to be delivered was RV 640. Being the first, RV 326 received marker-lights above the upper-deck windscreen, something the rest of the 1997 deliveries did not get.
The 14A was a variation of the 14, and connected the City Centre with Ballinteer via Dartry while the 14 served Rathgar. Under Network Direct the 14A was absorbed into the 14, the Dartry routing was dropped, buses went via Ballinteer to Dundrum and was extended on the northside to Ardlea Road.
Finally, the bus is parked beside the building of the Irish Press which was a newspaper published between 1931 and 1995. Burgh Quay, 18/07/1999
Throwback Thursday (184)
by Cathal O'Brien
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