Above: RA49 in seen on Dublin's Quays. (Photobus)
In 1959 CIÉ built 152 Leyland Titan PD3s which had larger 74-seat CIÉ bodies and semi-automatic gearboxes. Just to clear up this issue if there is some confussion the present RA class are Volvo Olympian double-deckers with Cummins engines with Dublin Bus.
These buses caused a small amount of industrial unrest with the ITGWU wanting addional pay but CIÉ said increased seating capacity is not a reasonable claim for extra pay however it was resolved without dispute.
The RA Class were built at Spa Road and entered service between 1959 and 1961. All were withdrawn between 1976 and 1982 with RA 138 operating the last RA revenue earing service and RA 4 operated a special farewell trip.
RA 73 & 106 have been preserved by private owners and RA105 by the Transport Museum Society of Ireland at either Howth or Castleruddery.