Above: KC55 is seen in at the Kilmacud terminus of the also vanished route 52 from Kilmacud to St. John's Church in Sandymount on 11 April 1991. Note the lack of Dublin Bus logo on the side. (Shane Conway)
In 1977 CIE asked bus designer, Otto Schultz of Hamnurg Consult to design a new family of of single-deckers. It was based on Cummins engines and Voith tramsmission. He along with FFG Hamburg built the prototype KC 1 (This was withdrawn in 1996). They were built by GAC. The KC class had Cummins L10-185 engines and Voith D851 fully automatic transmission with integral retarder and Kirkstall axles.
They were built at the Bombardier/GAC factory at Shannon in the west of Ireland. The first entered service in 1983 and by 1985 202 had been built. Some were also allocated to Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick and are now part of the Bus Eireann fleet. Many were stored before entering service, Dublin Bus had three with a 1987 registration and Bus Eireann had one with a 1992 registration. The majority of the KC class were withdrawn in the last few months of 2000. The last ran in December 2000 on the 16A. In January 2001 KC 100 along with KD 353&KD 114 operated a farewell trip of the KC/KD classes on the route 11 and route 8.
Many still suvive as school buses and are classified the KCS class.
KC100 is preserved by the Transport Museum Society of Ireland at Howth. KC104 and KC106 are privately preserved.
Below: KC100 at the National Transport Museum in Howth on 6 July 2002.