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.

Today we go back to 2003 when the AD-class ruled the Bray area with a picture of a somewhat unusual destination display.

Click on any picture for the fullsize version.

Donnybrook's AD33 going to . . where?

Donnybrook's AD33 going to . . where?

Today’s picture was taken on February 1st 2003, at Bray Station, which was at that time home to a number of services operated by the AD-class DAF SB220 / Alexander Setanta single-decks.

AD33 is seen here about to depart southwards on the 184, which basically follows the more westerly of the former branches of the original 84 service, linking Bray and Greystones with Delgany and Newtownmountkennedy.

In the days when these towns were served by the 84 itself, some buses terminated at Delgany, and only one bus a week went as far as Newtownmountkennedy, most turning around at Willow Grove, a location a little to the west of the current N11, about halfway between Delgany and Kilpedder.

Willow Grove is no longer accessible as a terminus following recent junction changes on the N11, but back in 2003 it was still served by some workings.

The destination being displayed on AD33 “Wow Grove” is not a misprint – the destination blind has actually folded in on itself in such a way as to be unnoticable were it not for the strange spellings that result! (more visible if you click for the fullsize photo).


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