Donnybrook Garage has taken delivery of the first twenty of the eighty Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini buses on order for Dublin Bus this year. Further deliveries are now in progress to Ringsend.
Here we see some of the Donnybrook batch in action on routes 11 and 54A.
Above: GT88 seen from the front and rear in Suffolk Street, Dublin, on Saturday 24 August 2013.
The buses are built to Wright’s Gemini II specification, however Dublin Bus has requested that they have the older style of Gemini I front panelling for commonality of spares with their earlier Wright deckers.
Route 11 switched over to GT operation from Friday 23rd August.
Above: GT84 is seen at Fortfield Drive, near Kimmage, heading outbound.
Originally the 54A was a cross-city route and came south just as far as this point, however over the years it has lost its northside section, while being continually extended to the south, the extensions allowing it to remain viable while the main 54 service was discontinued.
GT82 is seen at the same spot, heading inbound.
The buses are the first in the fleet to carry the new Irish style of registration with a three digit year prefix rather than two – so instead of being 13-D, these buses are 132-D to signify that they were delivered in the second half of the year.
As of 2009, the company no longer pays for registration numbers to coincide with fleet numbers.