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Postby grammer » Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:27 pm

thats right Chiro -it was spellbinding when we were kids ---- :D :D
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Postby cathrin » Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:24 pm

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The van is actually a Dartry laundry van painted for the program Caught in a free State
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Postby grammer » Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:45 pm

yeh never noticed before -
look at the bike parked against the wall :roll:
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Postby spudseamus » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:42 am

"Back to the Future " Irish style :D
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Postby Chiropodist » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:36 pm

That bike aginst the wall would be a girls bike of course. You dont see many, if any,girls, riding bikes these days.
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Postby jordo » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:25 pm

Chiropodist wrote:That bike aginst the wall would be a girls bike of course.


Why, is that because it's parked on a footpath and facing the wrong way Chiro? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Postby grammer » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:26 pm

:-| :-| :-| :-|
hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa
looked like Ubys bike when I first looked :cool: :cool:
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Postby Enviro500 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:08 pm

Was that not the bike that Michael Collins used to pedal around Dublin in 1920-21 when 'most wanted' by ,to quote, Foreign Occupation Forces !!!!!!!!!
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Postby Strum » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:09 pm

Wow the obvious things we miss, the Bike, being totally out of character there.

Welcome to the site cathrin. :cool:
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Postby Thomastown » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:16 pm

spudseamus wrote:"Back to the Future " Irish style :D


Hi Spud When you think about it we were greener 50 years ago .Most big delivery firms had a fleet of electrics,Dublin Dairies,Swastika,Bells,Downes Bakery,Bolands Bakery and of course J.M.OBriens to name but a few.


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Postby grammer » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:55 pm

great photo Thomaston
just on that with the rush on to save the world -why that type of battery van/truck has not made a comeback for short hop runs????
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Postby Chiropodist » Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:55 pm

As long as Michael got away from the occupation forces then thats all that mattered. The morning I was born one of them fired a bullet at the window which broke the window and embedded itself in the ceiling above the bed. A chink of light from a candle was showing and that was why the shot was fired. Later the same day a relative of ours was beaten up on Geroges St by a couple of Black and Tans while on his way to work.
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Postby spudseamus » Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:19 pm

Thomastown wrote:
spudseamus wrote:"Back to the Future " Irish style :D


Hi Spud When you think about it we were greener 50 years ago .Most big delivery firms had a fleet of electrics,Dublin Dairies,Swastika,Bells,Downes Bakery,Bolands Bakery and of course J.M.OBriens to name but a few.


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How right ya are Thomastown how right ya are!!
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Postby Thomastown » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:56 pm

grammer wrote:great photo Thomaston
just on that with the rush on to save the world -why that type of battery van/truck has not made a comeback for short hop runs????

You are right Grammer,if someone buys an electric Car now it makes headlines ,when you think of it ,50 years ago they were common sight.I know some of the Premier Dairies electric fleet went out to the Airport for loading baggage on to the planes while some others went to James Hospital for moving stuff from one end to the other.The last milk floats finished in 1992 in Dun Laoghaire.Dont know if there are any left now.
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Postby grammer » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:08 pm

as far as I can remember they are still in use in the airport -
good on TT -your on the ball.
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Postby Chiropodist » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:37 pm

Its a curious looking bike Jordo however, I would like to know where that lane, or street, is. Cant say I have ever seen one of those vans.
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Postby Strum » Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:21 pm

Chiropodist wrote:Its a curious looking bike Jordo however, I would like to know where that lane, or street, is. Cant say I have ever seen one of those vans.




Hi Chiro. It was mentioned in a few posts back that that particular Van had been painted for a movie.
Hence the Bicycle being out of place too.

The Street is probably a back street in the City somewhere.
Maybe Jordo or Farmboy can place it?
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Postby Enviro500 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:01 pm

Morrisons in the U.K were manufacturers of Electric vans since the 1930s
and the range was from 15cwt to a 2 tonner...Hugely popular with Dairies, Bakeries and Railway Parcels in the U.K. In addition the famous stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Maples operated these totally Eco friendly "boxlike" vans....
Other manufacturers such as Walker, Smiths, Jensen also built them..
In Ireland they were by and large, used by Bolands, Johndton Mooney and O,Brien, Dublin Dairies, Swastika and Dartry Laundries...etc

The quaint little vans began to be phased out in the early 1970s...when the last all electric Trolleybuses operated in Bradford in 1972. Belfast was the only operator of Trolleybuses and they had the second largest fleet after London Transport. Belfast operated 246 and London about 1,850. The electric van is making a comebact now and Smiths are manufacturing trucks up to 7.5Ton based on the smart Daewoo/Avia. The mainline manufacturers are getting on the bandwagon too..
Sadly at least not trolleybuses, though regaining popularity in Europe, Canada,and U.S.....The islands would rather spend millions on costly tramways which are restricted etc whereas a trolley can run 'off wires' for about 6 mile and is totally versatile and absolutely NO EMISSIONS !!!
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Postby spudseamus » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:57 am

well they were plugged in so there was emissions lol coal or Board na Mona peat :D
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Postby grammer » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:32 am

oh no no -spud we are greenys now -wind farms and all :mrgreen:
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Postby spudseamus » Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:07 am

grammer wrote:oh no no -spud we are greenys now -wind farms and all :mrgreen:




:roll: :roll: :roll: mudder of God!! what next!
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Postby grammer » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:44 am

bicycle clips and pumps and hemets -
bike lanes everywhere -whether we need them or not :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Postby Chiropodist » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:53 pm

There were none of those featured vans around DunLaoghaire when I lived there and as far as I know vans and cars were manufactured by Morris Cowley in England. which later became Austin Morris. I drove a Morris van working for an electrical firm in the 1950s. It had preselect gears too. Morris also made the 1000 series of cars.
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Postby Thomastown » Fri May 07, 2010 8:32 pm

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Here is another electric van from the 60-70s
Does anyone remember the Butterkrust Ad on the Telly (the worlds in a state of chassis and so is me Butterkrust van)
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Postby Thomastown » Sun May 09, 2010 11:13 am

Was this the single windscreen electric used by Swastika Laundry or was it Bells Laundry? I think Bells Vans were blue.
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