To celebrate the 12th anniversary of the founding of the site, every day during November I’ll be bringing you one of my favourite photos from the past 12 years.
We’re kicking off with a double, featuring both Bus Eireann and Dublin bus, with a pair of early morning shots.
Above: Sometimes the best shots are the spur of the moment ones. Sometime around 2002, I was heading back from Kerry to Dublin very early in the morning, and passed through Macroom just as the first morning service to Cork was departing. A few miles out the road, I saw a passenger waiting at the roadside where there was a reasonable pull-in, and figured it would be a good opportunity to get an “action shot” of a Bus Eireann coach out in the countryside, mid route. Now that the VCs are gradually vanishing from service work, I’m glad I got this shot when I had the opportunity.
When the Coastal Tour was introduced, one of the two tours buses was scheduled to work a couple of round trips on the 14/A before taking up duty on the tour. The bus would work one of the early 14As from Ballinteer, and back, managing to get in another citybound journey at the end of the morning peak, before parking up in the Great Strand Street compound until needed for tours.
By 2001 AV92 was one of the regular buses on the service.
This link was broken when the routes were changed in 2005, and there is no longer a regular scheduled tourbus working.
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Congrats on the 12 years of Allaboutbuse-well done and thanks!
Regarding scheduled tour bus workings, in Donnybrook the 8/11 each morning is allocated one of the Coastal Tour buses as it officially pulls into pull into the garage on its break around 9:30am.
As the duty picks up again on Parnell Square, the tour bus tends to be left in town on the break, usually in Poolbeg Street under the bridge where some of the 39 buses have a layover stop.
The tour bus driver then collects it from there to commence the morning coasteal tour.