16/05/2015

Irish selection from the 70's, 80's and 90's - part 3

In this post our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn concludes his recent three part feature that has seen him sharing some of his photographs taken in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Included have been an interesting selection of vehicles including some of the more unusual types that could be found operating at the time in locations including Belfast and Dublin.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Our first picture taken in 1996 at the Cunningham road depot of Dublin Bus is KC48 a GAC new to CIE in 1983. A new company was set up in Ireland to build buses which was 51% owned by Bombardier and 49% owned by GAC. The first buses built were badged Bombardiers, but after GAC bought the Bombardier shareholding, subsequent builds were classed as GAC (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Taken at the same time in the same location is KD148 a 1982 vehicle, the double decker version classed as a Bombardier (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Dublin Bus VA5 is a 1996 Volvo with Alexander body work seen here in 1996 at the Cunningham Road depot (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Next is CIE KE30 another Bombardier, this time a coach now being used as a long distance bus (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Lough Swilly 292 is a Marshall bodied Leyland Leopard new to Yorkshire Woollen District in 1972(KHD920K). Purchased in 1984 sold for scrap in 1993 (c) Philip Slynn.

Irish 70's/80's/90's selection (c) Philip Slynn
Finally, Guide Friday used this black and gold livery for their operations in Dublin, and here we see a 1974 Leyland Atlantean with East Lancs body. This was originally new to Nottingham city as their 578 (OTO578M) (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip Slynn for the photos and captions included in all three parts of this post. Look out for more from Philip - coming soon.