Throwback Thursday (100)
On the 8th December 1988 Dublin Bus introduced the Nipper into the heart of Dublin. The idea was to run a number of minibuses around the City Centre, connecting the main shopping districts. It was hoped that this would encourage people to leave their cars behind and thus reduce traffic in a congested city. The route was to run for just over two weeks up until the 24th December, but due to popularity it ran into January, covering the January Sales. Starting in O'Connell Street, the route served D'Olier Street, Dame Street, South William Street, St. Stephen's Green, Westmoreland Street and back to O'Connell Street. It was operated by 6 members of the MB Class (MB 6-11) which had recently been delivered to Dublin Bus and would then enter normal service in Donnybrook Garage in 1989. The route's success saw it return in 1989, 1990 and 1991. For a more detailedhistory check out DublinBus Stuff: www.dublinbusstuff.com/Nipper.html
MB 6 is seen crossing onto O'Connell Bridge from O'Connell Street on the second day of operation with a good load on board. 09/12/1988
On a side note this is my 100th Throwback Thursday and I just want to thank everyone for sticking with me each week. Even I didn't think it would last this long!