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N 0 B 2.1K C 0 E May 12, 2011 F May 12, 2011
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This second of the images 'borrowed' from the book CIE Buses 1945-1987 (Midland Publishing) depicts a former GNR Park Royal coach-bodied AEC Regal III in the CIE red and cream single-deck livery. The original monochrome view provides few clues as to actual livery as the CIE colours were sympathetically applied to follow the lines of the original blue and cream scheme - and some buses initially retained the latter scheme with CIE logo and fleet number.

This coach was one of six similar vehicles delivered to the GNR for sightseeing tours in 1948. It passed to CIE in 1958 and, after spending its final years as a school bus, was withdrawn in 1970. Since completing this image, Shane Conway has advised me that the registration is incorrect for the class depicted - the Regals were actually 403 to 432 (ZH 3902 - ZH 3931). (07-Dec-09).

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Tags:   CIE Coras Iompair Eireann Irish bus AEC REgal III Park Royal

N 2 B 2.0K C 0 E Mar 27, 2011 F Mar 27, 2011
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This image is based on a picture from the book CIE Buses 1945-87 (Midland Publishing). However, whereas the original view depicts the vehicle in CIE ownership, it has been backdated here to illustrate the magnificent Oxford blue and cream livery and GNR coat of arms. Many former GNR vehicles retained the blue livery for some time, with the CIE 'flying snail' emblem replacing the GNR device. I've used a little artistic licence with regard to the bus on the left, which is possible not a former GNR vehicle (07-Dec-09).

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Tags:   Irish bus Great Northern Railway (Ireland) GBR(I) Park Royal AEC Regal

N 1 B 2.0K C 0 E Mar 27, 2011 F Mar 27, 2011
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I had already completed the AEC version when I came across a picture of a GNR Gardner with similar body, otherwise I would have finished the AEC in an alternative livery - for me the Gardner simply had to be blue, although the reference image was in CIE green.

To quote from that the caption to that image, which appears in the book CIE Buses 1945-87 (Midland Publishing): "A total of 95 Gardner-engined single deckers were built by the GNR at Dundalk between 1937 and 1952, and 55 were still in service at the time of the CIE takeover. Some had GNR bodies while others had Harkness bodies on metal Sections frame or Park Royal bodies finished by the GNR at Dundalk works. 399 was built in 1952 with a Park Royal body and lasted in service until August 1963". My version is an adaption of the aforementioned AEC version (13-Dec-09).

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Tags:   Irish bus Great Northern Railway (Ireland) GBR(I) Park Royal GNR Gardner

N 2 B 2.3K C 0 E Apr 1, 2007 F Apr 14, 2011
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Coras Iompair Eireann (literally Ireland's Transport System) was created in 1945 by merger of the Great Southern Railway of Ireland and the Dublin United Transport Company. The new company adopted the DUTC duo-tone green livery and 'flying snail' emblem (but without the lettering previously incorporated on the latter). The combined fleet was predominantly but not exclusively made up of Leyland vehicles. It included at least one AEC Q-Type with bus-style body (probably by Park Royal) incorporating the traditional Irish roof-mounted luggage rack. This fictional BRCW-bodied version could have been the GSR vehicle, depicted elsewhere in this collection, after transfer of the latter's fleet to the new company. I'm grateful to Shane Conway for suggesting an appropriate ex-GSR registration number (07-Dec-09).

Tags:   CIE Coras Iompair Eireann AEC Q BRCW

N 1 B 2.2K C 1 E Aug 17, 2007 F Mar 25, 2011
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The normal-control Leyland Comet was never common as a PSV chassis in home territory, although a fair number were exported. Most of the home market examples were coaches; indeed the only service buses that I'm aware of were those supplied new to Douglas Corporation on the Isle of Man.

Whilst preparing another version of this image (based on a preserved Douglas Corporation vehicle), the similarity between the Douglas livery and that of Venture Transport struck me, although it wasn't a type of vehicle that Venture actually operated. The immediate post-war fleet being highly standardised on crew-operated Daimler half-cabs. However there could have been a place for a small number of one-person operated buses for lightly trafficked routes such as the Service 14 from Consett to Stanhope.

In this scenario, the Leyland Comet may have been the idea choice for a company which was always a couple of notches up from the typical rural operator of the time. The source image was taken at the 1999 Fleetwood Tram Sunday event. The background was taken on the actual route depicted.

Tags:   Venture Transport


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