Photo of the Week - Week 52:
Back in Week 43, I covered the delivery of new 182 D SGs for Conyngham Road (SG447-SG461) and Phibsborough (SG462-SG471). SG471 being last of this particular batch was delivered with a trial white LED. As per the photo above, the white LED does look good in photos, however in person it doesn't stand out as much as the orange display. A photo has emerged from the Wrights Factory of another bus with a white LED, so SG471 will not be unique.
Donnybrook's sizeable batch of SGs (SG472-SG496) were delivered in the space of a few weeks, accelerated due to buses being stored in Broadstone prior to entry into the depot. Quite a number entered service on the 15th December, more following every few days until the batch was completed. Donnybrook's new route, Route 15 (aquired on the 21st October 2018) which it jointly operates with Harristown, has been the recipient of quite a number of the new batch, though the allocation is not fixed. The delvery of the new SGs has allowed for the withdrawal of the 2005s VTs, many of which have already been ferried over to the UK. Of note with the new SGs is the new large TFI logo which also adorns Go Ahead buses. This replaces the out-dated TFI logo that was applied all the way to SG471. It is not unique to the brand new buses though, with one older Summerhill SG being noted with the new logo, and a Harristown SG noted with a smaller version of it. Both had returned from repaint.
Harristown's SG510, the highest fleet numbered delivered thus far (as of 30th December 2018), is seen operating Route 140 on Westmoreland Street on the 27th December 2018 (click on photo for larger version).
Harristown were next to recieve SGs with the entry into service of SG498 and SG510 on the 22nd December 2018. Of Harristown's batch (SG497-SG516), SG497-SG500,SG506 and SG510 have so far entered service (as of 30th December 2018). We can expect quite a speed of delivery with SGs arriving at an incredible rate before the NTA end the purchase of purely diesel powered buses in the summer of 2019. The arrival of the hybrid buses in early 2019 should bring a bit of colour to an otherwise SG dominated fleet. For example, Donnybrook had only Wright product vehicles out over the Christmas period (SGs or GTs), with not a single AX, EV or VT in sight. A sign of the future one imagines.