05/05/2015

Irish selection from the 70's, 80's and 90's - part 1

This week our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn begins a new three part feature sharing some of his photographs taken in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Included are an interesting selection of vehicles including some of the more unusual types that could be found operating at the time. Locations include Belfast and Dublin.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
The first one is a Bristol RELL6G belonging to Belfast Citybus. This started life as Eastern National 1552 in 1972. This was acquired by Belfast in 04/1986 and maliciously destroyed in 03/1988, which dates this picture between those 2 dates. Picture taken in Donegal Square, Belfast (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Next we have another Citybus vehicle also in Donegal Square. This is another Bristol RELL6G but this time with an Alexander (Belfast) body. 2429 was new in 1981 and scrapped in 1997. Picture dates from 1984 (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Our third picture is a 1973 Daimler Fleetline with Alexander Belfast body. It was rebodied in 1974 after the original was destroyed. It was rebuilt to open top in 1989 and finally sold for scrap in 2003. This picture dates from 1987 (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Ulsterbus 414 is a 1985 Leyland Tiger also with Alexander Belfast bodywork pictured in Great Victoria Street in 1986. Withdrawn 2006 sold for scrap in 2007 (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
In Great Victoria Street depot is Ulsterbus 544 a 1984 Leyland Tiger with Wright Contour bodywork. Sold for scrap in 2002 (c) Philip Slynn. Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Finally for this post something a little different – In 1984 this is the view you would have got from the 8th floor of the Forum Hotel Belfast. It shows the bus station and depot at Great Victoria Street (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the photos and captions used in this post, look out for the second part, coming soon.