Throwback Thursday (149)
It is 1987 and Dublin Bus is nine months old. D 610 is seen on O'Connell Street picking up passengers as it operates a 13 from Ballymun. The bus was delivered new to CIE in 1974 and was withdrawn by Dublin Bus in 1992. This was one of 238 buses built by VanHool McArdle. The first (D 603) was built in Belgium but the rest were built in Dublin at Inchicore. Although they were withdrawn from public service by the mid-1990s, some had an extended career on the City Tour. These lasted until Olympians took over in the early 2000s.
Route 13 has always been a busy route as it connects the large residential area of Ballymun with the City Centre. The route and its variations have had a number of terminii around the city over the years such as Palmerston Park and Merrion Square, but in 2010 it was merged with some of the 51s and extended to Grange Castle.
O'Connell Street, 17/11/1987