Photo of the Week - Week 1:
Ringsend's AX469 is seen in its 3/4 AOA for the Skyfall film operating Route 15 at the Ballycullen Road terminus on the 15 December 2012.
With all the GTs and RVs, a lot of interest has not featured on the pages of DublinBusStuff. Top amongst these was the partial AOA of Ringsend's AX469, for the latest James Bond Film 'Skyfall', which reached Irish cinemas on the 26th October 2012. The livery is striking, but it proved a hard bus to catch up with. Thankfully, I managed to catch up with it on the 15, which also bring the first photos of this terminus to these pages (more on this later). Ringsend has been the chosen garage for the last three AOAs, with AV248 in a Soarview Wrap which ran out prior to the Saorview Change in October, AV247 in Brennan's AOA which survived this bus' recent refurbishment, including a new LED.
TRingsend's AX469 is seen in its 3/4 AOA for the Skyfall film operating Route 15 at the Ballycullen Road terminus on the 15 December 2012.
When the 15 was extended into Ballycullen just over a year ago the terminus was co-located with the 15B on Stocking Avenue. However, without any purpose built lay-bys the number of buses parked on this road made the stretch of road difficult to negotiate at times. The solution was to move the 15 back to terminate on the Ballycullen Road where there is a bus lane for ample lay-by room. The buses turn about at the roundabout with Stocking Avenue, which the 15B also uses to turn about. The new terminus was launced with a bit of fanfare, delighting in the provision of "new infrastructure". In reality, the bus lane has always been there, so this new infrastructure is lost on this author.
AX469 is seen operating a morning departure on Fleet Street on Route 15A on a dark December 7th 2012.