Photo of the Week - Week 36:
Former Summerhill WV28 is seen at St. James Hospital operating the very rare Route 124 on the 25th October 2010.
Route 124 was introduced as part of an ammended timetable which saw Route 123 extended to Kilnamangh Road from Drimnagh on the 20th August 2006. The 124 operated only as a single-departure each day Monday-Friday, departing Marino at 1730 operating as a short Route 123, serving the entire 123 routing from Marino to St. James Hospital where it terminated. There was no return journey, the route being a product of scheduling, the bus returning light to the depot to maintain the required duty time. Route 124 did however pop up from time to time when Route 123 was cut short for whatever reason, such as adverse weather conditions or in the photo above the Dublin City Marathon. Route 124 was finally withdrawn when Route 123 was "Network Directed" on the 14th November 2010, which saw little more than a frequency decrease on the route and the withdrawal of the much loved WV-class; well at least much loved among enthusiasts.
Volvo Olympian, RV539, the last ever scroll bus with Dublin Bus, is seen in its Summerhill days operating Route 124 on a cold January morning. The slush of melting snow is seen on the pavement, the dirt that this slush brings being very evident on the side of RV539. Buses terminated on Suir Road that day, not able to serve Galtymore Road, the buses displaying Route 124 to indicate they were not going to the terminus. And RV539 was perfectly dressed for the occasion.
Summerhill's former WV36 is seen on College Green operating Route 124 on the 25th October 2010.