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April 26th, 2018, 7:54 pm #151

It's 2008, AV 330 is based at Donnybrook Garage and is operating the 45. This route connected the City Centre to Bray, and for many years was the main bus route to that Wicklow town. When the DART arrived in the 1980s, the railway provided a much quicker journey to the city. The 45 kept going though. It had two termini in Bray, one at Oldcourt and the other on the seafront. This latter one was helpfully referred to as "Esplanade" on the destination displays. The route reached Bray by going via Blackrock and Cabinteely. It was supplemented by route 45A from Dun Laoghaire to Bray. In the early-2000s Dublin Bus introduced the more direct route 145 which used the Stillorgan Road QBC. The 45 became less busy and attempts were made to cut it back from the City Centre by terminating in Ballsbridge. This was unpopular and the route was restored to Merrion Square. However Network Direct saw the end of the route in 2012. 
AV 330 is no longer in service with Dublin Bus. D'Olier Sreet 26/04/08 

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May 3rd, 2018, 8:51 pm #152

It's the year 2000 and the days of the Bombardier KDs are coming to an end. 365 KDs were built between 1980 and 1983, with most of them based in Dublin. The fleet was fully withdrawn from public service by December 2000, with a farewell run taking place in January 2001. The year 2000 was also the year Dublin Bus received their first delivery of low-floor double-decker buses. The AVs and AXs were delivered consistently over a number of years with the last of the 648 buses arriving in 2006. In 2012 the last step-entrance bus was withdrawn by Dublin Bus.
KD 145 is seen at Heuston Station with a 91 to the City Centre. the 90 was the main route connecting Connolly and Heuston stations but the 91 was used to supplement this service when needed. The area beside the bus underwent a great change when the Luas Red Line was built. This resulted in the tram connecting the two stations. The 90 went from an all-day service to morning peak only, and the 91 was eventually removed from the network. 03/05/2000  

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May 10th, 2018, 10:54 pm #153

A lot has changed in the thirty-five years since this photograph was taken. D 172 is seen parked at the 83 terminus on College Street. The bus was delivered new to Ringsend Garage in 1968. It was withdrawn in August 1983 and sold for scrap in 1984.
The 83 was a route that was in decline throughout the 1980s. In an attempt to revive its fortunes in the early 1990s it was the first route converted to City Imp. The double decker buses were replaced by minibuses which operated at frequent intervals. The strategy was a success and by the early 2000s double deck buses were back on the route. It was also extended across the city, operating from Kimmage to Harristown. 
In December 2016 this location on College Street became the Trinity stop on the Luas Green Line. This tram route connects Broombridge with Brides Glen. 10/05/1983 

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May 14th, 2018, 7:55 am #154

Great shot Cathal.

A panel beater's nightmare/dream come through and perhaps a metaphor for the Republic itself at the time.

The KDs were nearly all delivered and there would be no new "deckers" for another seven years.

If we'd had the web back in 1983, there would have been some fascinating discussions I'm sure.
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May 17th, 2018, 9:03 pm #155

It is 1985 and D 755 is seen on Eden Quay. The bus is on route 6 to Blackrock via Ballsbridge. The bus was nearly 10 years old at this point, having been delivered new in 1975. It lasted in service until 1994, ending its days with Dublin Bus.
Although the destination shows Blackrock, the route actually terminated near Abbey Park in Monkstown at a place referred to in the timetable as "New Link Road" although the actual road was unnamed at this time. The 6 in some ways served as a short working of the 7 and the 8 which went further south to Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey. There  was also a 6A for a time which served Blackrock and Sandyford Industrial Estate. The last 6 ran in 1989.
The bus is in an all-over ad for Bailieboro Co-Op. 
18/05/1985

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May 22nd, 2018, 7:53 am #156

Csalem wrote: It is 1985 and D 755 is seen on Eden Quay. The bus is on route 6 to Blackrock via Ballsbridge. The bus was nearly 10 years old at this point, having been delivered new in 1975. It lasted in service until 1994, ending its days with Dublin Bus.
Although the destination shows Blackrock, the route actually terminated near Abbey Park in Monkstown at a place referred to in the timetable as "New Link Road" although the actual road was unnamed at this time. The 6 in some ways served as a short working of the 7 and the 8 which went further south to Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey. There  was also a 6A for a time which served Blackrock and Sandyford Industrial Estate. The last 6 ran in 1989.
The bus is in an all-over ad for Bailieboro Co-Op. 
18/05/1985

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From my recollection, shortly after this, they put earlier D400s on the 6 and 6A for the late 80s as the routes gradually withered away. I remember heading out along the Merrion Road on D422 and the light covers kept coming off downstairs.
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May 24th, 2018, 9:12 pm #157

It is 1996 and RA 176 is showing off its European patriotism. During the second-half of the year Ireland hosted the Presidency of the European Union. This was the fifth time the country had done this since it joined the EU in 1973. With the increase in size of the EU (despite Brexit) Ireland has only hosted the presidency twice since then, and the next time will be in 2026. The bus received this special all-over livery to mark the occasion.
RA 176 was the first member of the RA class, following on from the broadly similar RH class. While the RHs were Leyland Olympians, the RAs started the Volvo Olympian era, although were Cummins powered. The RAs ranged from 176 to 325, with the first RV starting at 326. In total 640 Olympians were delivered to Dublin Bus. The last Olympian was withdrawn in 2012, the last RA in 2008 and RA 176 in 2007. Some continued on in the Driver School and City Tours but as of 2018 all are withdrawn by Dublin Bus.
The 45 has appeared recently on Throwback Thursday. It connected the City Centre with Bray, terminating on the southern part of that town in Oldcourt. Like the bus, the route is no longer active in Dublin Bus, but the 45A keeps the legacy going. Nassau Street, 24/05/1996 

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May 31st, 2018, 9:12 pm #158

It is 1992 and RH 64 is seen parked between duties on Marlborough Street. The bus had been delivered new to Dublin Bus in 1991 and entered service at Clontarf Garage. It is in an all-over ad for Harp Lager. It is worth noting that at this point in time these ads were hand-painted onto the buses. This is unlike the situation in 2018 where ads are applied on vinyl wraps. In some ways these buses were mobile works of art. As a result the ads lasted longer on the buses than they do now. This one had a lifespan of about a year and was also applied to buses from other garages.
The 32B was part of the 32 group of routes that served Baldoyle/Portmarnock/Malahide. The 32B ran to Abbey Park in Sutton. This routing was later absorbed into the 32 services to Portmarnock. Network Direct removed Abbey Park (and the 32B) from the Dublin Bus network in November 2012, with just the 32 surviving and terminating at Malahide. Residents in Abbey Park had to walk to the main road to get a new extended 29A.
This layover on Marlborough Street became the Marlborough tram stop on the Luas Green Line in December 2017.
30/05/1992

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June 1st, 2018, 3:28 pm #159

Oh God the barrels bring back bad memories. Nowadays there would be a defined walk way for pedestrians. Health and Safety at roadworks has moved on.

Looking at Google Street View, the street light on the left has survived (perhaps with a new LED head) but the older buildings opposite have all gone.
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June 7th, 2018, 10:20 pm #160

It is 1988 and a certain bus route only has five months to go. D 476 is seen on Burgh Quay. It is displaying route 54 to Cherryfield Drive, via Connolly Station. This route was a cross-city route that connected Donnycarney/Killester on the northside with Harold's Cross and Walkinstown on the southside. The route was operated out of Summerhill Garage, and ran in conjunction with the 54A. The latter route was cut back from the northside in 1988 and in November 1988 the 54 was cut back from the northside. While the 54A continues on today, the remaining 54 did not make it out of the 1990s. The 54A is also now operated by Donnybrook Garage. 
D 476 had a similar fate as it was delivered new to Summerhill in 1972 and withdrawn in 1990. The bus is gone, the route is gone but McDonald's is still with us. 08/06/1988

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