Rattle And Hum


Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) buses at Christchurch, Dublin 8 (above) and Newtown Park Avenue, Balckrock, County Dublin (top)

Oh my.

Filthy vintage Dublin bus porn (1969) from photographer William Mooney discovered by historical blogger Sibling of Daedalus buried in Dublin City Council’s Digital Repository.

You wait around for ages, etc.

Name that make and model, anyone?

Digital Archive (Dublin City Council)

12 thoughts on “Rattle And Hum

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I would not have known the bus model, but I always liked the first generation Ford Transit as in the background. I liked the lines. Never drove one, so no idea how good a vehicle they were, but given they are still around in modernised form, must have been good enough.

    First one I drove was a third generation, which was a very versatile machine. It was fun, too, watching the Top Gear team drive a fourth generation one like maniacs around the Nurbergring, overtaking high spec Mercedes along the way :) If you have time, stay for her solo single run!


    1. Mickey Twopints

      A buddy of mine had a couple of Mk. 1 back in the day. I borrowed one for week to move house. My recollection is that it was draughty (slidey doors) and noisy. Very few creature comforts fitted to vehicles back then, especially commercials. It had a fairly thirsty V4 engine – may have been 1.7 or 2L, can’t recall. The handling was boring (predictable and safe) but they could swap ends if you provoked them when there was no weight in the back.

  2. Dub Spot

    G’wan the Sibling of Daedalus! These are great. More images like this please! Schoolday memories of smoking upstairs and not wearing the correct uniform. But enough about the CIE bus conductors.

  3. Kevin Higgins

    Looks like an British Leyand ‘R2’ – on which you had to ‘double’ on the clutch- on some routes well into 70s- supplanted by Leyland’s RA2 – a semi-automatic and overtaken by Bombardier’s ‘Atlantean’ an automatic mobile gas chamber and all-round piece of poopy

    1. Pip

      The Bombardiers (green) were the generation after the Atlanteans, which had a semi-automatic transmission – stick, no clutch. Oh and the van Hools (boxy) came slightly after the Atlanteans.(curvy).

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