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2004 Look Back, Part 1

With so many programmes on TV at this time of year recounting the events of year it gave me the idea why not do a photo feature with shots I've taken over the last year that didn't make it onto the site. So here is the Buses In Ireland look back at the year that was 2004.

Each page contains many shots and make a while to download depending on your connection speed.

NOTE: The reason photos start in February is because my camera was away for the month of January being repaired for a problem with the focusing system

Above: 2004 saw the withdrawal of over half of the fleet of AD class single deckers. AD40 is seen on the bank at the back of Broadstone garage on 2 February awaiting transfer to an outside contractor for conversion to Bus Eireann schoolbus

Below: DD23, one of the 2004 batch of DDs, is seen parked in storage in Broadstone on 2 February awaiting the commencement of the improved services to Drogheda

Above: FJ53KZG, a Volvo B12B with Sunsundegui bodywork was on evaluation with Bus Eireann when it was photographed in Broadstone also on 2 February. Later in the year BÉ bought 20 of these, the VG class.

Below: Meanwhile Dublin Bus' new livery was starting to spread fleet wide. Clontarf's RV400 is seen in Malborough St on 2 February

Below: Donnybrook's AV263 passes by Trinity College on 14 February

Below: 2004 saw Dublin's LUAS system finally get up and running. One of the trams on Sandyford Line B is seen on the first test run through Milltown on 11 March

Below: Any remaining ADs in service with Dublin Bus were transferred to Phibsboro Garage, AD42 is seen on Harcourt St on route 122 to Drimnagh on 15 March

Below: The 2004 batch of AVs were also starting to enter service by March. AV366 is seen in Fleet St on 15 March on temporary loan to Ringsend

Below: 15th March also saw the first LUAS test run into the city. One of the trams is seen descending the ramp at Peter Place

Below: Trams finally return to Dublin's streets as the two test trams come around onto Adelaide Road

Below: Conyngham Road's RV332 parked on Aston Quay in between duties on the 78A on 15 March

Above: VC212, one of the leased VCs which were withdrawn in the summer of 2004, was preparing to operate to Waterford at Bus Aras on 15 March.

Below: The 2003 batch of VCs on the other hand were only a few months into service and on 15 March VC325 is seen departing Bus Aras on the long journey north to Letterkenny

Above: By April the 2004 batch of SCs were entering service. SC47 heads north for Belfast on Amiens Street on 13 April

Above: Dublin Bus' new livery was becoming more common place with Donnybrook's RA240 parked on Pearse St on 13 April

Below: Even some of the oldest buses in the fleet were gaining the new livery as Donnybrook's RH91 demonstrates on O'Connell St on 14 April

Above: Following the tragic events of February 21st, bus services to Lucan and West Dublin were operating from Wood Quay. However on inbound journeys buses set down in D'Olier St. Conyngham Road's RV532 is seen there on 14 March

Below: AW3 became the first bendi-bus into the new livery and is seen in O'Connell St on 16 April

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