After 20 years in service, the last three Bombardier buses complete their final run in Dublin.
The last Bombardier buses, a single decker and two double deckers, complete their final run in Dublin. The buses terminate at Donnbrook Bus Garage, where the keys are presented to the Curator of the National Transport Museum Michael Corcoran.
The fleet was launched at Shannon in 1981 where they were built for Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) by the Canadian firm Bombardier. Bus driver Terry Curtis remembers there were some initial teething problems, when the first bus off the rolled out broke down while carrying the Minister of Transport Albert Reynolds.
Editor of 'Bustravel Ireland' Gabriel Conway recalls a single Bombardier bus was exported to Iraq where it was operated by the Baghdad Transport Authority.
Nobody knows what happened to it after the Iran/Iraq war so there could still be a Bombardier running out there somewhere.
Michael Corcoran says the Bombardier buses are synonymous with Dublin,
For years and years trams and buses here have been very distinctive, they couldn’t belong to anywhere else but here on account of their appearance and design.
The news buses have a more global design but Chief Executive of CIÉ, Michael McDonnell believes they are more customer friendly. With low floors they provide greater accessibility for wheelchair users and people with prams and small children.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 January 2001. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.