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June 14th, 2018, 9:49 pm #161

A short hop back this week to 2014, but an important one. DM 1 is seen on South Great George's Street with a 9 to Charlestown. The bus is a Wrights Gemini 3 with a B5TL engine and was on loan to Dublin Bus as a demonstrator. It had entered service just two days previously and stayed for six months. The bus was used to evaluate its fuel saving abilities, through its lighter weight. At the same time Dublin Bus received a second demonstrator, DM 2, which was an electric hybrid. I think it is safe to say DM 1 was a successful trial as Dublin Bus have received Gemini 3's every year since 2014, and by the end of 2014 will have a fleet of over 400 SGs (their fleet designation). The Dublin Bus version do not have the side glass panels on the staircase like DM 1. 
After its time with Dublin Bus, DM 1 returned to the UK and is currently in service with East Yorkshire, registration BX14 SYT. 14/06/2014
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June 21st, 2018, 10:18 pm #162

Bit of an unusual Throwback this week. It is 2003 and RV 631 is seen on Abbey Street. Although it is in service, it is not operating a Dublin Bus service. Instead it is helping out with Bus Eireann. In the early 2000s Dublin Bus transferred a number of Olympians to Bus Eireann to help out and provide extra capacity. That is how RV 631 ended up on a 105 to Ratoath. The bus did return to Dublin Bus and stayed in service until 2012 when the final Olympians were withdrawn.
On the left can be construction works for the Luas Red Line. That exact location became the Abbey stop on the tram line. As a result of this the bus stop is no longer in existence and the 103 to Ratoath currently departs from Beresford Place. 22/06/2003  

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June 21st, 2018, 10:51 pm #163

It's not "helping out" as such. DB transferred 4 RVs to BE during the Special Olympics to cover for BE cars which had been allocated to Special Olympics athletes duties.
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June 22nd, 2018, 7:59 am #164

Much better road surface there now too and the picture shows just how much was involves in laying the tram lines.

Some of the "Special Olympics Host Town" signs are still in-situ at places like Pallasgreen and Newcastle West, 15 years later.
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June 22nd, 2018, 7:54 pm #165

via De Barn wrote: It's not "helping out" as such. DB transferred 4 RVs to BE during the Special Olympics to cover for BE cars which had been allocated to Special Olympics athletes duties.
Thanks for that. Have  updated the caption on Flickr.
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June 28th, 2018, 11:00 pm #166

It is 35 years ago and the northern extreme of the Dublin City bus services. D 472 is seen departing Balbriggan heading south for Dublin (despite what the destination says) with a working on the 33. The 33 can trace its routes back to the bus services operated by the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). When the company was absorbed by CIE (and the UTA) in 1958, some of its bus routes fromDublin joined the city services. The 33 was one of them, and holds the distinction of being the furthest north those services go. Balbriggan is located near the county border with Meath.
D 472 was delivered new to Summerhill in 1973 and was withdrawn by Dublin Bus in 1990. The 33 is still operated by Dublin Bus by the end of 2018 the 33A should be operated by Go-Ahead Ireland. 
Finally, Balbriggan is also my hometown, and the 1983 was the year I was born. 26/06/1983 

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July 5th, 2018, 9:44 pm #167

It's 2001 and RA 270 doesn't know if it's coming or going. It is seen parked on Abbey Street between duties but it is parked on the contra-flow bus lane. This was to allow buses to access Marlborough Street or O'Connell Street but RA 270 is facing in the opposite direction. This part of Abbey Street is no longer a bus lane but instead part of the tram route for the Luas Red Line. 
The bus is well branded. The predominant one is for the "Malahide Road 27 Flyer". This was part of an initiative to relaunch City Swift corridors by branding certain routes. They also became "Super City Swift" as seen here. Around this time Dublin Bus also launched a "Quality Customer Service" campaign as seen with the rosetta on the front and the wording on the rear side window. A lot happening on the one bus. Not only is the bus lane gone, but so is the bus, CitySwift, the "Malahide Road 27 Flyer", and in a few years based on plans launched this week under Bus Connects, the 27 could also be gone. Abbey Street, 04/01/2001 
 
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July 12th, 2018, 7:25 pm #168

This week's Throwback Thursday is quite simple to describe - it is a KD, it's on St, Stephen's Green and it is in an all-over ad for "McKenna's Electric". 
KD 236 was delivered to Donnybrook Garage around 1982, as part of a batch of 14 buses that started with KD 223. According to Wikipedia KD 236 entered preservation at the end of its career with Dublin Bus. 
As far as I can tell McKenna's Electric was founded in 1990 and was out of business by 2000. St. Stephen's Green, 11/07/1991

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July 19th, 2018, 6:36 am #169

A short trip back this week to 2014, where AX 647 is offering to #ShareACoke. Buses in Dublin used to have a quite a tradition of being wrapped for ad campaigns for Coca Cola but that died off in the late 1990s. 2014 was when the tradition was revived with this campaign. Coca Cola were branding bottles and cans of their product with people's names instead of their more familiar brand name. AX 647 in Donnybrook and AX 601 in Phibsboro received the all-over ads. In 2015 three buses received a more traditional red Coca Cola wrap,but sadly there has been nothing more since then. In 2018 AX 647 received a wrap for Dublin Pride.
Route 61 to Whitechurch commenced in 2011, replacing the 48A and parts of the 15B. Construction of the Rosie Hackett Bridge commenced in 2011 and was completed in 2014. It was built to facilitate the Luas Cross City tramline and trams started crossing over it in 2017.
AX 647, Rosie Hackett Bridge, 19/07/14

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