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Re: Buses

Postby Kite » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:09 am

Can you tell us more about the Wicklow bus outfit in Enniskerry Enviro500?
Looks like the Powerscourt Arms Hotel but why can't we see the Clock Tower in the middle of the village?
Where was the garage or depot for this operation?
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:42 pm

Kite,
The 'Wickla' Hills Bus co. as it was affectionately known, was one of the last 'Pirate' operators into Dublin. The only one not acquired was St Kevins of Roundwoood, owned by the Doyle Family and I think still operates into Dublin to this day....from Glendalought, Roubdwood and Bray.This operator was featured bus in the Ballykissangel T.V. drama.

The Wicklow Hills Bus Company, originally the Residents Bus Co had it headquarters in Enniskerry and its two routes were D'Olier St-Bray-Greystones-Delgany-Kilcoole which became in later years, CIE route 84 the other route was St Stephens Green - Enniskerry later CIE route 44.

As I said the firm outlived all the other pirate operators until April 1936 when the tramways acquired it. Ten buses were operated, 1 Ford,1 Leyland Lion and seven A.D.C (Associated Daimler Co.) and another unnamed make.

Their terminus was the Pwerscourt Arms Hotel...Hope that helps. Interestingly the 44 and 84 are still operated today by Dublin Bus

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Re: Buses

Postby farmboy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:29 am

Great info Enviro and seeing as you mention the 84.....


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Re: Buses

Postby grammer » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:29 am

great stuff guys -the Glenalough bus servise is still in operation and as far as I know still thriving
http://www.glendaloughbus.com/
http://www.glendaloughbus.com/timetable.html
http://www.glendaloughbus.com/glendalough.html#bus

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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:59 am

Grammer,
Great stuff, and I know exactly where the spot is...Sunnybank in Bray just up from where Millers the undertakers were, anyone remember them ? and my recently deceased aunty Annie lived on St Cronins Rd...Great picture

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Re: Buses

Postby lbyrne » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:21 am

Great pics. I often get a great kick out of looking at old Dublin buses on You-Tube - the buses from the 70s/80s. There were still a few of the black/cream 58s when I was little, and I love seeing the old orange ones. A right anorak I am!
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Re: Buses

Postby skins » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:58 pm

Enviro,

Thought of you when I came across this:-

http://www.irishterminus.com/thedublinblythbargain.htm

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Re: Buses

Postby Kite » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:52 pm

Interesting that they fitted smaller side mirrors to the ex Bus Atha Cliath vehicles in Blyth. I wonder why?
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Re: Buses

Postby skins » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Don't ask me, Kite, I know nowt about them. We may wait for the resident "export" to tell us.

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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:00 pm

skins wrote:Don't ask me, Kite, I know nowt about them. We may wait for the resident "export" to tell us.

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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:31 pm

Skins,
Mirrors on trucks and buses tend to be high casualty rates, and considering costs, the average mirror glass alone can cost £40 stg...It is prudent to fit smaller and compact and that comply with legislation..We fitted a set of mirrors only on monday to one of the Merc Benz gritters, all three damaged by a branch on a narrow road, Cost, main n/s large mirror complete £92, Kerb mirror glass £39 anf small mirror glass £28 plus fitting approx 3/4 hour. Total cost £199 inc labour.....
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Re: Buses

Postby skins » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:05 pm

Understandable, then, that they would want to "pull their horns in".

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Re: Buses

Postby Kite » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:53 pm

Poles for signage, telecoms etc are supposed to be placed no closer than 500 mm from the edge of the kerb but yet you still see poles right out at the edge. It's amazing how many traffic regulatory and information signs you see with their edges bent! Of course the trees and bushes don't obey any rules like that. I know all about the attrition rate on mirrors - I always keep at least one spare side mirror handy.

Enviro 500 there is a good article on gritters in the Feb 2011 issue of Heritage Commercials (incl Classic Truck). :)
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:47 pm

Kite,

I will look it up...I still run a Local Authority Workshop in High Wycombe..Including twelve Gritters and guess what, four of them built in Birr Co. Offaly by Romaquip Ltd..all stainless steel. Same company supplys the U.K Govt Gritters...
Excellent quality..

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Re: Buses

Postby farmboy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:34 am

Enviro, I may have said it before but I,ll make no apology saying it again.... your knowledge on this topic is first class and your photos regarding same are excellent. Well done for having the foresight to take them. 8-)
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:10 pm

Farmboy old son, you are making me blush, I thank you and go about my business feeling as confient as an opposition protestor in Bahrein....

You know all about hgv & psv mirrors/ arms etc no doubt.

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Re: Buses

Postby spudseamus » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:45 am

I also luv yer Bus bits as well Enviro!! :D
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:29 pm

Spud,

Thank you and big hi to "The Guv'nor..More to Follow

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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:58 pm

Check this out Enviro. This is the Artist Jim Fitzpatrick's Dad who was a Driver himself and a pal driving round Dublin in 1974 and taping it.
If you go to the youtube link you'll get more written info. :D



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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:16 am

SUPERBO, You thug buster...........Deknackerer of Ireland Brigade...AND we don't want them back here in Essex...we got enough problems with Essexoians of which my lovely daughter is fast becoming one of said Girls
Great bit of history there and what about Canned Heat...'On the Road Again' which I remember when living in good old Bayswater in 1968

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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:31 am

Ah go on Enviro. You on the Eggnog already haha. Glad you enjoyed it mate. :D


Did you spot Grammer with the Afro busking on Grafton Street? :P :lol: :D
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:35 am

Strum,

Check my FACEBOOK ref your Scummie !!!!

Oh I do feel better

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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:17 am

Enviro500 wrote:Strum,

Check my FACEBOOK ref your Scummie !!!!

Oh I do feel better

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He's in the "joy" Enviro. Check out all my updates. No harm for now but what does the future hold for this lad when he's out again? Same old cycle... :roll: :|
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:50 am

Strum.
How about a fast 'evacuation' from a helicopter over the Irish Sea.....Ohhhh I am SO 14th Century when it comes to dealing with these no hopers...Do not forget.. we could all be NO HOPERS if we did not pick ourselves up, get a life and get on with it!!! I came to London in 1967 with £14 AND HAD TO GET A JOB, ACCOMMODATION A BIT SHARPISH..
Like all on here we did not rob, mug, rape etc to make a sheckel . And no, he is not getting a job with Dublin Bus when he comes out..Maybe the DART might employ himk as "COLLECTOR" !!! Ha.ha.
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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:07 pm

Enviro500 wrote:Like all on here we did not rob, mug, rape etc to make a sheckel .



True. I went to London in 1978 almost broke, and first thing was to find a place to live and work which I did easily enough at the time.
Casual work in Hotels, Music venues, Restaurants etc...that was then though...
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