Photo of the Week - Week 52:
Ringsend's former Wedding Bus is seen operating Route 1 on Townsend Street on the 11th November 2016.
For the last update of the year, on Christmas eve, I thought something white was appropriate. 2016 brought new SGs and some new routes but probably the biggest event from the perspective of the bus enthusiast was the removal of wedding bus services from Dublin Bus. The concept was a novel one to Dublin, a way of encouraging private hires of Dublin Bus vehicles for that special day. It began with KD366 in early 1990 in Donnybrook. A later feature will cover wedding buses and go through the history in each depot, but by 2016 there were 7 wedding buses, AX531 in Ringsend, AX545 in Donnybrook, EV64 in Conygham Road, EV88 and EV89 in Clontarf and VG9 and VG10 in Broadstone. With wedding services suspended, these buses have gone back into the general advertising block, having previously been limited to Dublin Bus Wedding Bus adverts. Its strange seeing these buses with other adverts. Already EV89 is back in core livery, I haven't seen many of the others in a while, but it would be very strange if any last in all white livery until 2017.
Clontarf's EV88 is seen on Talbot Street allocated to Route 42, yet not telling passengers, on the 12th November 2016.
Broadstone's VG10 is seen operating Route 67X on Nassau Street on the 14th November 2016.
Donnybrook's AX545 is seen at the Crofton Road terminus of Route 63, having operated the once a day service via Foxrock on the 14th November 2016.