Throwback Thursday (165)
We have a first for Throwback Thursday this week - a picture taken after I started doing Throwback Thursday. What was once the present, is now the past.
AV 415 is seen crossing D'Olier Street as it heads from Fleet Street to Townsend Street. This bus was delivered new to Dublin Bus in 2005. During its career it has operated out of Conyngham Road and Ringsend garages. In February 2019 it became the last AV in service at Ringsend.
Here it is seen operating route 56A which connects The Square, Tallaght, with Ringsend. Along the way it passes the Go-Ahead Ireland garage at Ballymount, a bus company that started to take over a number of Dublin Bus routes in 2018 and operate them on behalf of Transport for Ireland. This company was announced as the winner of this contract in 2017.
Finally AV 415 is seen in an all-over ad for Lucozade Sport. In June 2015 it received an all-over ad for Coca-Cola. Then around September 2015 it received this Lucozade ad which, as we can see here, it maintained for over 6 months. The Lucozade ad was also on a VG, the first time a non-ALX 400 received a wrap. In 2018 they started to appear on EVs too.