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.

RV490 in February 2001 (this size only)

RV490 in February 2001

This photo is not up to my normal standard technically – it was taken with a very low quality digital camera. However, it’s still a photo that I enjoy as it reminds me of a specific morning in early 2001.

A sudden cold snap in February of that year saw snow in the suburbs over several days, causing some disruption to transport, particularly on the first morning.

The picture shows RV490 on Ballinteer Road at around 0930 – I had boarded this bus on Broadford Road at about 0810, and it had taken an hour and twenty minutes just to get this far. By this time, there was no possible way that I was going to be in work on time, so I phoned work, then got off the bus and walked back home.

The snow stayed for a few days, and then melted away, and the traffic was only really bad on that first morning. It should be noted that traffic around Ballinteer and Dundrum was far worse in those days than it is now – it would routinely take up to 50 minutes to reach Taney Cross from Ballinteer, as there was no Wyckham Way or M50 extension, and all traffic was routed through the crossroads at Dundrum Village.


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