Leyland Olympian RH 131 ( 92 D 131 ) of Summerhill Garage is seen at the set down stop for the 123 on Griffith Avenue, Marino, 21st July 2005.
It's nearing the end of its days in passenger service with Dublin Bus since delivery to Summerhill Garage since early 1992. With the arrival of new Volvo B7TL's with Alexander Dennis ALX 400 bodywork to Summerhill currently, the oldest batch of Olympians, RH 126- 137 are being gradually phased out.
st james's hospital
RH 131 pulls away from the 123 stop after a short stint from the City Centre to Marino. Route 123 was originally operated from Conyngham Road Garage having replaced the well known route 24 which used to service Bulfin Road & then Heuston Bridge to Marino. Route 24 was then converted from KC GAC single deckers to a high frequency City Imp minibus service & rebranded at the 123 with services extended to Drimnagh over the former sister route 23. When Dublin Bus Broadstone was transferred to Harristown at Dublin Airport, route 123 & the 19 WV's moved operation to Summerhill Garage where the routes operates from today. Today, route 123 operates mostly using the Wright Volvo B6BLE's along with some Olympians, namely from the RH 126-136 & Volvo Olympian batch RV 635- 640.
Interior upper saloon view of RH 131 which the traditional green trim which dated back to the introduction of the Bombardier KD class in 1982. Unlike the KD/ KC class, the interior boards were laminated & easier to keep clean. This green interior lasted until the arrival of RH 154 to Clontarf in 1993 when green was replaced by a lime blue colour with grey seating.
RH 131 seen on O' Connell Street at the main Marino bound stop at Penney's / Eason's. The 123 has one of most prestigious City Centre routings & stops, along Dublin's main thoroughfare O' Connell Street, D' Olier Street & Dame Street. Dublin's O' Connell Street is currently being redeveloped however the 2 lane layout can soon snarl up when buses pull in at their stops & the cycle lane on the outside as can be seen above is foolish.
Finally, a rear view of RH 131 at Marino. This stop used to offer a convenient pull in for waiting buses before some genius decided to build the stop alongside the main road corridor. The same creative madness can be seen right down Griffith Avenue as far as Philipsburgh Avenue as this leafy avenue has been destroyed by red paint & white lines. Over at the terminus, RV 636 can be seen peeping out, one of the last ever Olympians delivered to Dublin Bus & indeed Olympians ever built.