" in full swing ", Summerhill experienced some vehicle shortage, so a bus was a bus & operated some morning peak 16A runs.
WV 28 was new to Broadstone Garage in 2000 in batch WV 21- 40 to operate cross city route 123 ( Drimnagh - St James's Hospital - O' Connell Street - Marino ) & the batch of WV class replaced Mercedes 811D Eurocoaches on the route which had proved too small for the ever popular route.
Route 123 & the WV's moved to Summerhill Garage in October 2004 with the closure of Broadstone & opening of Harristown Garage. This was the first time these Wright bodied Crusaders operated from Summerhill & we still in City Imp livery for some time before the WV respray programme to standard Dublin Bus core livery started with WV 35.
Route 16A from Nutgrove Avenue close to the Bottle Tower operates in tandem with its sister route 16 from Kingston a few kilometers away & both join together at Grange Road & take the same routing into the City Centre, Drumcondra & into Santry before splitting with the 16 heading to the traditional terminus at Shandard while the 16A continues northwards to Dublin Airport.
During the respray programme of Summerhill's WV class, all the vehicles ( except trial WV 35 ) received modified rear sections. The expansion seals, which were prone to hanging off we removed & a new panel fitted, still with individual panels around the lamp clusters for easy removal/ re fitting making the rear section far tidier.
Summerhill's WV class bodywork are maintained to a very high standard given route 123's demanding City Centre's tough driving environment.
Finally, WV 28 operates a short stint route 16C service from Nutgrove to the City Centre & take the WV off the route which demands double decker operation given the constantly high passenger numbers.