Throwback Thursday (164)
It is 2013 and AV 333 is seen on the 13 to Harristown. And to continue with the 3 theme, AV 333 was delivered new to Dublin Bus on 2003. This bus spent most of its career operating out of Harristown Garage, although in 2013 it moved to Summerhill. It was withdrawn in 2017 after spending some time in Broadstone Garage. This is a bus that has gotten around a bit.
Route 13 connects Harristown with Grange Castle This was one of the cross-city routes corrected by Network Direct in the early-2010s. Traditionally the 13 was the route that connected the City Centre with Ballymun. Clondalkin was connected by the 51 family of routes. When the merger happened the 13 won out and became the number of thew new route. The 51 only lives on now in the 51D and 51X.
The bus is seen passing the Luas Red Line on James Street. It is seen at the point where the tram line turns off to descend Steeven's Lane to Heuston Station.In the background the Luas line passes through St. James Hospital, the site where the new National Children's Hospital is being built. As a result of that, the 13 may become a much busier route in future, if it survives Bus Connects. 27/02/2013