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Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H City #PAD 89

18 june 2021 - Galway, Headford Road (R866).
407, diagram 4070302: Bóthar an Chóiste 13.45 → Eyre Square 14.05
The hybrid just left bus stop 524101 Galway Centre - the name not referring in the least to the city centre, but to a shopping centre... not that stop naming has been a strong suit of the National Transport Authoirty, even if it`s somewhat better than the individual operators. The opposite-headed stop at this location, number 523721, is called Galway Retail Park.
One last photo to capture the nearside of these buses - amongst other things, the only externally located operator`s logo, or the plug-type second door, which is actually the standard for all dual-door double-deckers ordered in the last decade.



Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H City #PAD 76

11 june 2021 - Galway, Eyre Square North (R863).
404: Westside Shopping Centre → Oranmore
To compliment the previous shots of hybrids, here is one from the back. The lack of a window on the lower floor is noticeable, and so is the lack of an offside emergency exit - however, the latter is not built into dual-door constructions to begin with. Another novelty is the wide rear scroll also showing the destination - the last buses in Ireland to have the destination shown on the rear were half-cab constructions from the 1960s. The Operator`s logo is located in only one spot on the outside - on the nearside between the doors - which is a controversial topic amongst many Irish fans, for whom the introduction of the new nationwide liveries is an attempt at hidden privatisation due to the reduction of Operators` identities... completely missing the point that at this stage it`s the network that is key and not the Operator.



Volvo B11R 4x2 / Sunsundegui SC7-13M #VE 9

11 june 2021 - Galway, bus and rail station.
Diagram 200101, layover between rte 20, Dublin Airport 7.00 - Galway 11.10 and rte X20 Galway 13.30 - Dublin Airport 17.05.
Not even a year and a half ago, Bus Éireann`s commercial operations, dubbed Expressway, were running widely and successfully. The subsequent pandemic however led to numerous cuts: it turned out to become the perfect excuse to cease running routes X1 (the inter-capital connection is now operated solely by the Northern Irish operator) and X12, and many other routes lost many departures. In 2018, route 20/X20 connecting Galway and Dublin saw 16 departures each way Monday to Friday and 14 on weekends - now we are down to 6 departures each way daily (three laps, including this one, operated by the Dublin garage, and the remaining three by Galway garage). Unfortunately I don`t have the information to compare the situation with that from before the pandemic effectively, however currently the capital`s depot deploys only 10 Expressway duties - I am however happy to bet that this is perhaps even only a third of what used to be deployed in 2019.



Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL191

29 may 2021 - Galway, Eyre Square South (R336). Single deckers in Galway have fallen to the very bottom of the list of priorities - even on weekdays Bus Éireann is able to cover all 30 city diagrams with double-deckers. VWL191 as seen here has been degraded to a staff shuttle between the garage and the bus station, a distance of about 1.5 km by road. The shuttle is more useful for the city drivers - after all, drivers to have to cash in - than for the regional/intercity drivers, who primarily pull into the garage with the buses they arrived with.


Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H City #PAD 84

29 may 2021 - Galway, Eyre Square East, R336.
409: Eyre Square - Parkmore Industrial Estate
Starting with the first half of April, hybrid double-deckers manufactured by Alexander Dennis purchased for use on PSO routes by the National Transport Authority have started to appear on Irish roads. As of writing this description, 280 units have been ordered out of a fraemwork contract for up to 600 vehicles. The first batch to have been ordered is for 100 buses, wherein the first 74 are for the capital`s Operator, Dublin Bus, to be split between four garages, and the remaining 26 for Bus Éireann`s Galway city routes. These buses feature the ability to travel approx. 2.5 km on the electric engine alone and are equipped with sockets for garage charging (they are so-called plug-in hybrids). In terms of appearance they stand out by their new livery, which is a mix of compromises between everybody (in particular those who should have no business in this), as well as white LED scrolls (aside from a test scroll on Dublin Bus` SG471, NTA has been ordering orange LEDs to date).



Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H City #PAD 80

29 may 2021 - Galway, Siobhán McKenna Road.
404: Oranmore → Westside Shopping Centre
A short digression before the description proper: drivers still keep on setting up the Newcastle destination on the 404 despite the route terminating at Westside probably purely out of habit... which would be fine if it didn`t terminate at Westside S.C. for the past nine years, only serving Newcastle along the way.
The 74 units for Dublin Bus are numbered from PA1 to PA74 (the AVL numbers being 41001 to 41074), and the first route on which they appeared was the 140 operated by Broadstone garage (this route was transferred over from Harristown a few months prior, but even that garage will be receiving these hybrids, but for the 4). Dublin`s 140 is so far the only route on which they are meant to appear, however one bus has been sighted on the 66 already for example (most likely on one of the split duties which are numbered independent of route-based numbering). Bus Éireann`s fleet numbers follow on from Dublin Bus`, with a different prefix however - they are PAD75 to PAD100. These buses may and indeed do appear on everything in Galway - the target is to operate the entire city network in Galway with these hybrids - but so far only scarcely: today I only noted one each on the 404, 405, and 409, and a fourth one parked behind the railway station, and yesterday I was able to see one per each of 401, 402, and 404.
My thanks and regards to the driver!



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD413

29 may 2021 - Galway, Eyre Square East, R336.
407: Eyre Square → Bóthar an Chóiste
Along with the conversion of the entire state-sponsored city network in Galway to hybrid buses, it`s very likely that some widescale fleet movements will take place. One can assume that it`s nearly the end of the road for the 2008 single-deckers (since the contract stipulates a maximum fleet age of 14 years), and one of the smaller cities probably awaits the 2012 units. Double-deckers are far more interesting - Galway has a number of deckers made in 2018 and 2019, which will probably find their way to the other larger cities - Limerick and Cork. The catch is that the next city to be converted to hybrid buses after Galway is indeed Limerick, where the PVR is similar to Galway - it may turn out in the end that a whole lot of quite useful diesel buses from the last 5 to 7 years will find themselves without regular work.



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Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL185

10 january 2021 - Galway, Eyre Square North, R863.
419: Oughterard → Galway
A very unexpected sighting. Rte 419 is a regional route which simply shouldn`t have city buses on it (road aside, the speeds are another story - city buses in Ireland are limited to 65 kph). I`m not exactly sure of the diagram of this bus, but it`s quite possible the same bus went out to Clifden soon afterwards - a trip three times as long as this from Oughterard (78.4 km vs 27.6 km).



Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL169

4 december 2020 - Galway, Kingston Road and Shangort Road junction.
402: Merlin Park Hospital → Seacrest
The 12-year-old single-decker is only one stop away from its terminus. Bus Éireann Galway deploys at least 27 buses Monday to Friday, but the number may be higher. With 24 double-deckers in the garage single-deckers are still needed. This should change early next year, however, as new double-decker hybrids will be brought into service. These hybrids have been purchased as part of a framework contract for the supply of up to 600 buses for Public Service Obligation contract routes.



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Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD410

6 december 2020 - Galway, Eyre Square North, R863.
405: Rahoon → Ballybane Ind. Estate
Should a network expansion occur (which is something not being mentioned by media when it comes to Galway), VWD410 seen here should not be endangered by the hybrid buses... Endangered meaning not removal from service (it`s only a 2-year-old bus after all), but transfer to another garage.



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12133

29 january 2020 - Dublin, Dublin City University campus.
104, diagram 5241: Clontarf Station → DCU Helix
This university is served by a rather rich network of bus connections. Routes 44, 104 and 220/A terminate within the campus, each of them running roughly every hour. The latter only came here in January 2019 when it was taken over by the company in photo (all 220 arrivals change into 104s and vice versa). Furthermore, routes 31D, 42D, and 70D also terminate here - each does one pair of term-time only Monday-Friday rush-hour departures. Walking out to Collins Avenue Extension outside to the left we get hourly departures on the 24-hour regional route 109A (DCU is served by daytime departures only, however). On top of that, a pair of Monday-Friday rush-hour rte 126 trips terminates there (well, the morning arrival is rte 126D, the evening departure is a plain 126). Walking a bit to the west gate we arrive at Ballymun Road, whish is served by the afore-mentioned 70D, but also by the all-day routes 4, 9, 11, 13, and 155, each of them operating at a frequency between 12 and 30 minutes midday. If you want to or need to take a walk, about 400-500 metres to the east we have Swords Road with routes 1, 16, 33, and 41/C, as well as the regional rte 101. Except for the 33, all city routes run between every 12 and 20 minutes midday.
The main reason why I`m mentioning this is that with todays results publication, my four-year study at DCU is now finished.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD431

21 june 2020 - Galway, Costello Road.
402: Seacrest → Merlin Park Hospital
And the lost sheep has been found - VWD431 was the last of the 429-432 batch to enter revenue service. This batch was delayed maybe by even a year, but was finally delivered to Galway in May.



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Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD430

27 may 2020 - Galway, Bishop O`Donnell Road, R338.
405: Ballybane Ind. Estate → Rahoon
Slightly behind schedule, this somewhat new bus is climbing its last kilometre. VWD430 entered revenue service only in the past month, which is curious because BÉ had already long ago put VWD460 and VWD461, buses several months newer than this, into revenue service.
It looks like the Saturday Plus schedules will soon be gone, however. Rumours have started that regular Monday-Friday schedules will be back from 8 June. Given that the restrictions that were put in place to slow down the coronavirus spreading are being loosened up, it was expectable. One thing that remains to be seen, however, is whether Bus Éireann will return to its full service on their commercial long-distance "Expressway" routes. A few weeks ago they were forced to introduce reduced schedules after it turned out that their cash reserves are ending, and keeping a full Expressway schedule supposedly cost them up to €750,000 a week...
This photo was taken during exercise and well within the 5 km radius from my current residence.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD413

27 may 2020 - Galway, Gateway Retail Park access road.
405: Rahoon → Ballybane Ind. Estate
The bus just departed the western terminus of the cross-city rte 405. Including a scheduled 5-minute layover at the central transfer stop, the trip is scheduled to take 38 minutes.
In terms of Irish transport, the novel coronavirus left its mark quite visibly. Mostly as a result of quite strict civilian movement restrictions (the initial restriction was to not go further than a 2 km radius from their residence if not for work, shopping or medical needs; currently the cap is set at 5 km), most private companies that run commercial services suspended them until further notice. Public Service Obligation routes - that is, routes contracted with the NTA - saw so-called "Saturday Plus" schedules introduced Monday-Friday from 1 April. They are simply Saturday schedules with extra trips in the mornings where the Saturday schedule started noticeably late, and keeping those routes that don`t run on Saturdays running. However, the companies that are taking the biggest blows are those whose existence relies on school services and tourism-oriented hires.
This photo was taken during exercise and well within the 5 km radius from my current residence.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #SG115

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, R760 (village square).
44, diagram 2-44: DCU Helix → Enniskerry
At its simplest, route 44 needs four buses to operate an hourly frequency. However it`s scheduled together with the peak time only route 44B, so overall it needs five buses and 12 drivers. The route is somewhat demanding in the southern portions of the city, but even without those it`s not the simpliest road in the city at all.



Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini #11904

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, Glencree Road.
185, diagram 4291: Enniskerry Shop River → Bray Station
Crap weather and so the background is crap too. Rte 185 is supposed to be operated by single deckers (double deckers appear on selected journeys only and this isn`t one of them). However, a short chat with the driver later and it turns out there wasn`t anything spare in the depot - board 4291 pulls out at 11:50. The long-term lack of double-deckers on a more regular basis on the 185 shows however, with tree branches encroaching into the road already.



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12119

23 january 2020 - Enniskerry, Main Street.
185, diagram 4271: Enniskerry Shop River → Bray Station
And as I have mentioned, single deckers are the norm. On the other hand however, single deckers are about 1.5 metres longer than double deckers, and thus they`re not the most favourite in the drivers` eyes on tighter routes (and mind you, rte 185 is one of those).



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12115

14 january 2020 - Newtownmountkennedy, R772.
184, diagram 4251: Bray Station → Newtownmountkennedy (Newcastle Hospital)
Route 184 terminates here, by the Newcastle Hospital. With the transfer of the route to GAI the service level was improved - going up from a 30-min frequency Mon-Fri, 60-min Saturdays, and 120-min Sundays straight up to every 30 minutes every day. Thus rte 184 became a much more worthwhile option when it comes to getting to the closest towns (Greystones and Bray as seen on the scroll) and the nearest train stations. Bus Éireann also operates rte 133 through here, but how important is it aside from a direct access to Dublin city centre and airport... I have no idea.



Wright StreetLite Max DF #12123

15 january 2020 - Dublin, car park near Clontarf Road station.
104, diagram 5231: DCU Helix → Clontarf Station
With route 104 being taken over by Go-Ahead Ireland the terminus in Clontarf moved. Instead of terminating at the Clontarf bus garage, some 2.5 km to the east from here, it now terminates by this DART station. It offers some transport integration - you can see the station building to the left of the photo, the DART runs every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, and you just have to fit in well with the 104 that runs every hour. The card with 5231 seen in the front window is the bus running number (or `board number` as referred to in Dublin Bus), which is not related to the route number, in comparison to Dublin Bus practice.



Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 MMC 10.8m #2703

7 january 2020 - Ashbourne, R135. Go-Ahead currently has three Public Service Obligation contracts signed with the NTA. The first of these, for the operation of city services in Dublin, commenced operations on 9 September 2018 and was introduced phase-by-phase all the way until 24 March 2019. Although signed second, the third to commence was the Kildare commuter routes contract, where operations started on 1 December 2019 (with the second and last phase set to start on 19 January 2019). The last contract is this small one for rte 197, which began on 24 November 2019. Rte 197 is a local linking route operating between two towns to the north of Dublin along roads which made me question whether having a bus run there isn`t too much. The operator purchased three of the buses as seen above, but on top of that, two of the 40 Streetlites from the city services contract have been adapted as operational spares.


Wright StreetLite Max DF #12138

7 january 2020 - Dublin, Malahide Road and Kilmore Road junction.
104, diagram 5241: Clontarf Station → DCU Helix
Almost all PSO service buses since 2012 have been bought by the state transport authority. This holds true for this bus as well - as part of its Dublin city services contract, Go-Ahead Ireland received 40 of these buses from the NTA. Current schedules require 33 of these buses Monday-Friday, and they are used on routes 33A, 33B, 104, 111, 161, 184, 185, 220/A, 238, 239, and 270. They used to operate rte 102 as well, but have since disappeared from there in favour of double-deckers.



Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #SG541

24 october 2019 - Dublin, Tallaght, The Square. A few years after the mass purchases of ALX400 bodywork buses (there were 659 bought in total, 649 on Volvo and 10 on Dennis chassis), Dublin mass-ordered Volvo B5TLs with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork (oh wait, that`s actually Gemini 3 with a Gemini 2 face). The final number is 621 buses for Dublin Bus (including the 49 units transferred to Go-Ahead), and at least 36 more for Go-Ahead. As a result there are at least 657 units to be seen around Dublin, all from 2012-2020 production, easily matching the previous bulk from the years 2000-2006.


Volvo B9TL / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 #EV 13

14 september 2019 - Dublin, Clontarf Road. There you go, a single-doored piece of cardboard-quality construction. Rte 130, operated by the Clontarf depot, for the longest time has been home to the oldest buses in the garage. After the last Clontarf AVs were withdrawn in 2018, it`s now this type of Alexander "scrap".


Autosan H9-20 #DJ 92851

3 july 2019 - Green Adventure Camping, hrabstwo Wicklow - meta rajdu charytatywnego Złombol. Po sześcioletniej przerwie (o ile dobrze pamiętam, to Marchewa i H9 były ostatnimi) na Złombolu ponownie zagościły autobusy. Również dwie sztuki, tym razem jednak oba wozy były produkcji Autosana. Na zdjęciu widać H9, oprócz niej jechał również H10-12. Ogólnie jestem pełen podziwu dla załogi powyższego pojazdu - pojawili się na mecie jako jedni z pierwszych. Gdy zajechaliśmy na kemping Polonezem, oni już stali, a bynajmniej nie zamulaliśmy. ;) Kilka godzin później dołączył drugi Autosan - jednak kemping był już na tyle "upchany", że nie byłem w stanie zrobić zdjęcia. PS. Oba wozy dojechały bez awarii. Co do powrotu - nie wiem. Wiem jedynie, że powyższa "hadziewiątka" została w Irlandii, bo takie było założenie. ;)


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG169

2 may 2017 - SG159, on line 13, Drumcondra road, stop Home Farm Road


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Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX634

2 may 2018 - AX634 on line 16, Dublin airport terminal 1


Volvo B7TL / East Lancs Myllennium Vyking #DD15

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Street.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 47

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Bridge.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 44

14 september 2017 - Cork, Infirmary Road.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 33

14 september 2017 - Cork, Anglesea Street.


Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 #VWD 5

14 september 2017 - Cork, Infirmary Road.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL154

14 september 2017 - Cork, South Mall.


Scania CK UB4x2LB #SL24

14 september 2017 - Cork, Parnell Bridge.


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Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL307

14 september 2017 - Cork, Albert Quay.


Mercedes-Benz O295 #MC313

14 september 2017 - Cork, Grand Parade.


Mercedes-Benz O295 #MC301

14 september 2017 - Cork, Saint Patrick`s Street.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #VWD 52

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Newtown Mahon.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL165

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Sarsfield Street.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban #VWL175

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Mulgrave Street.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL313

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Cathedral Place.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL314

14 september 2017 - Limerick, Mallow Street Upper.


Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban 2 #VWL316

14 september 2017 - Limerick, William Street.


Volvo B7TL / TransBus ALX400 #AV319

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Camden Street Lower.


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Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV390

16 september 2017 - Dún Laoghaire, Harbour Road.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV425

17 september 2017 - Dublin, Dame Street.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AV448

16 september 2017 - Dublin, James Street.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX499

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Beresford Place.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX521

16 september 2017 - Dún Laoghaire, Georges Street Upper.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX557

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Drimnagh Road.


Volvo B7TL / Alexander Dennis ALX400 #AX612

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Saint Raphaela`s Road.


Volvo B9TL / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 #EV3

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Dame Street.


Volvo B9TL / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 #EV24

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Bride`s Glen.


Volvo B9TL / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 #EV99

15 september 2017 - Dublin, Belgard Square West.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG2

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Arran Quay.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG35

16 september 2017 - Dublin, O`Connell Bridge.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG81

16 september 2017 - Dublin, James Street.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG85

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Withworth Road.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG96

17 september 2017 - Dublin, Eden Quay.


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG110

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Rock Hill


Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 #SG156

16 september 2017 - Dublin, Prospect Road.