Photo of the Week - Week 29:
Broadstone's VG9 is seen operating Route 66X on Nassau Street on the 31st May 2017, having re-entered service the day before explaining the lack of advertising panels.
The 9th June 2017 marked a special event in the history of Dublin's buses, with the last running wedding bus in the Dublin Bus fleet. The bus was allocated to a 66 Euro, but its final service was to cover the 1905 Route 37 from Blanchardstown Centre. Following its Friday evening services, it returned to the depot to be prepped for repaint, the final wedding bus to receive the treatment. VG10 returned to service in yellow/blue fleet livery on the 7th July 2017. It ended 27 years of continuous operation of the Wedding Bus concept. The first wedding bus was KD366 appearing in the Wedding Bus livery in May 1990 (see Jonathan McDonnell's incredible photo here). Though the advert changed over the years, the core concept of the Wedding Livery of White and Grey would last the full 27 years of Wedding Buses in Dublin. With the loss of the Wedding buses, gone is yet another novelty in the fleet.
AX545 is seen on a wet Good Friday on Route 54A on the 14th April 2017.
DublinBusStuff covered the end of days for the Wedding Buses on Christmas Eve 2016, see here. At this stage there were only a few wedding buses left and all had lost their Wedding adverts, the company no longer offering the service. Of those:
AX545 and EV88 lasted only just beyond Christmas 2016 in Wedding livery.
AX531 lasted in wedding livery till early March 2017.
EV64 was withdrawn for repaint end of March 2017.
VG9 was withdrawn for repaint at the start of May 2017
VG10, as above, last operated in Wedding Livery on the 9th June 2017.
EV64 is seen in its unique variant of the fleet livery operating Route 151 on College Green on the 14th April 2017. The two bands above and below the destination LED are normally painted black on the EV class, the novelties being the Wedding Buses which had white bands above and below the LED screen. The repainters obviously just replaced the white with yellow, not noticing the mistake.
VG9 having finished its 66X departure returned to do the "Euro" operated 66B at 1000 and is seen on Wellington Quay on the 31st May 2017.