As part of our series of older photos celebrating this site’s 12 years of operation, today we present a series of photos of the vehicles involved in the Dublin Bus lowfloor double-decker trials of 1999.
6 buses were operated to gain experience of the 3 types available at the time – the Volvo B7TL (which was the eventual choice, though not with the President body), the Dennis Trident II, and the DAF DB250LF.
One of two Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President buses, seen at Donnybrook
The President was the nicest body, in my opinion, and it is a pity that it was not favoured when the company eventually ordered their own Volvos.
The second Volvo/President was based at Phibsboro
The Dennis Trident with ALX400 body was not chosen at the time, but did eventually win a small order
Arriva London DAFs DLA124/125 were loaned to Dublin for the trials
I cant remember which one I saw on Firhouse Road on the 75 this one Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President bus or this one Dennis Trident with ALX400 body – with DMD in 1999