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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:39 am

Thought you might like this Enviro. Submit photo's etc...

http://www.blogger.com/profile/03686111941479595382



The source is this great man, a freind on FB. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001092163694
Add him mate. Really cool head. :D
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:10 pm

Strum,

Just got your posting...I been to Brighton all weekend with my old Farm pal and just got home...Taking in the "AER FARRIGE" as I live a long way from such luxury...

Will look at thep ost and 'report' back

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Re: Buses

Postby Micheál » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:26 am

Saw this and immediately thought of Enviro500.
hope its not too upsetting!

http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/kf/others/002/busses-wrecked.jpg
When they finished with the bus, they continued on the Gasometer

Interesting site btw.

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Re: Buses

Postby Holla » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:31 am

The last stop :)
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Re: Buses

Postby grammer » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:29 am

:D :D :D
this would bring a tear to a glass eye enviro :D :D
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:26 pm

Hi Grammer,

Hope you are well, Do you knoow where these were pictured, Was it in County Louth...The buses were from the 1970s If you don't know I will find out and let you know...Oh and yes..It wopuld make a blind man BLINDER !!!!

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Re: Buses

Postby grammer » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:14 pm

Sorry enviro -
I picked them up off the net somewhere :( :( :( :(
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:31 pm

Grammer,

I will let you know as soon as..

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Re: Buses

Postby keeper » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:57 pm

Hi Enviro !! what happens to buses like these ? do they just stay there and rot or are they recycled at some stage and who owns them ? there must be some value left in them.
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:11 am

Many are recylcled but the last buses withdrawn by Dublin Bus have mostly been Sold 2nd hand in the U.K and Ireland...Most are disposed now after 21 years...all buses bought since 1996 and the ones pictured had long lives 20 + years so not any good for resale...
Coincidentley there are at least 16 buses in my town of Aylesbury ex Dub Bus and used on School bus services..Ensigns of Purfleet mainly buy from D.B for resale around the U.K.
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Re: Buses

Postby keeper » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:17 pm

Thanks Enviro ! very interesting, I'm amazed how long they lasted in service, great engines or great mechanics and regular service I suppose.
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Re: Buses

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Re: Buses

Postby Strum » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:15 pm

Wow amazing design that! :D
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Re: Buses

Postby keeper » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:11 pm

Enviro ! A question for ya :!: I regularly see a 6 wheel double decker out my way, I tried to get some info on the Dublin Bus site but they don't seem to want us to know they have one :!: The only photo I could dig up was one taken on the Isle of Wight :roll: the info there was it was an Olympian imported from Stagecoach in Hong Kong :shock:
The one I see is surely not an Olympian :?: Any info would be good, I suppose after the bendy bus experience anything is possible :( plus you might know if there is a model of the 6 wheeler. Take care.
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:49 am

Keper,
I am not sure what EXACTLY you mean....Dublin Bus HAS AT LEAST 70 six wheelers, or to be professional TRI AXLE types ...They started in service in 2005 at Donnybrook on the 46a and the buses are called..........................wait for it, Alexander Enviro500!!!!!!!, type with Volvo units the buses are very popular in Hong Kong and are designed as a MASS TRANSIT bus, i.e., to carry over 100 plus...in the case of Dublin the load is 119...On order fro Dublin at present are 70 new buses, 60 bieng the Wright "Nokia" style two axle and 10 Alexander Enviro tri axle buses.. The new Triaxle will have TWO doors and the deal with the Union is TWO DOORS...and to be operational ...OR NO DEAL !!!!!!!!! as the monies is privately funded. It will be the first time that Dublin Bus will have EVER operated the two doors..up to now the centre door was always locked thru' union objections, how daft...
So I hope it answers your question and now for the first time you can enter from the front & exit centrally !!! Hope that helps
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:49 am

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Re: Buses

Postby spudseamus » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:21 am

to be sure to be sure !! :lol:
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Re: Buses

Postby Holly » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:43 am

Can't believe the Bombardier buses were the 70's. I'm getting old :)
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:53 am

Holly,
The first "Bombie" went into service in Summer 1981 and last one ran in Jan-Feb 2001 as I remember...I can remember the "pre Emergency" (Irelands W.W. II) buses on the 21 as a ten year old so that makes you a teenager!!!!!

As a matter of fact Holly I can remember Jackson's Bus Service in Cavan too !!
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Re: Buses

Postby Rocker » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:58 am

Enviro,

I'm older than I think too. I remember Jacksons in Cavan - a good operator. My recollection of the Bombardier buses especially the single decker coaches is that they were a heap of junk. there was some kind of political decision to open a factory at Shannon and I think they just had the franchise from Bombardier but a lot of Anco fellows built the buses and they were so badly finished. I remember tearing clothes on the huge exposed screws which kept the handrails etc in place.
They guzzled fuel, belched fumes, the radiaors were shot throught and there were anecdotes of drivers putting eggs in the radiators to get them from place to place. I also remember the Spa Road days of craftmen.
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:01 pm

Rocker,

Thery were overall not bad, but yes built by semiskilled labour at Shannon..The bus was actually designed by F.FG in Hamburg based on the famous berlin double decker and all the running units were tried and trusted U.S. General Motors Detroit two stroke engines and transmissions..These engines had been in service in the U.S.A / Canada since 1959 and over 45,000 GM Fishbowl type buses were built and worked in every corner of the North Americas... The were fuel guzzlers anddefinitely NOT CLEAN AIR ...they belched smoke...the trouble was as you say the bad bodywork finish and the body sag!!!..There are a number of them preserved....This was as a result of Van Hool doing the dirty on C.I.E after took took over at Spa Rd in inchicore wher all Dublin's buses and trams were built since the 1870s...Big boasts about huge external business etc when they were actually CIE coaches to Belgium to be bodied. The only buses sold were a batch to South Yorkshire and oddly enough, Jacksons of Cavan.
I was with Bedford Truck & Bus at the time and we supplied all the Schoolbuses chassis etc., to C.I.E from 1968-77..Bodies were built at Dundalk by McArdles

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Re: Buses

Postby keeper » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:31 pm

Thanks Enviro ! That answers everything, can't believe they are around since 2005, just shows, us non bus users think all buses are the same :( :( but since I retired I have been using the bus more to go into the city centre, only way to go nowadays, ps, you didn't say if there is a model of it.
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:14 pm

Keeper,
There are but I repainted it as a Dublin Bus on the 46a..Loook at my Facebook, Photo albums 'Dublin Buses in a Small World" There are actuale models of the Dublin AV buses and most of the latest Bus Eireanns all available at Clontarf Castle Toyfair and TOMRROW April 1st... at Clarion Hotel in the Clondalkin area of the M50....from 10.30 till 16.00
About 45 tables there, Rail, Cars, HGV ,BUS, Airplanes Dolls etc DO HAVE A LOOK

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Re: Buses

Postby keeper » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:31 pm

Thanks Enviro ! there is a Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley, will drop in and check it out, thanks for that :D
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Re: Buses

Postby Enviro500 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:37 pm

Keeper,
that is the very place Liffey Valley S.C.... Locate stallholder Michael Dryhurst, there and say hello. He produced Excaliber, Hope & Glory, Emerald Forest, Deliverance and a lot of other movies with John Boorman...Michael is a long time friend of mine and an Irish bus model specialist. an Englishman living in Roscommon.He was the Guy the recovered the bus form the U.S.A with me last month...they will direct you to him and you can talk T.V. movies etc...a great guy...
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