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Welcome To Patrick Losty's Pictorial History Of The Bombardier KC Class Bus.
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During July 2010 He Showcased Historical Photographs And Information From His Collection Of The KC Class Exclusively Here On Dublinbus.cc.

Picture 1 – FFG, KC 1 (1 BZI) 22/06/91


Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), FFG, Hamburg, Germany built prototype, two-stroke supercharged General Motors Detroit V6 diesel engine, 35 seat single deck bus, KC 1, (I BZI) was circa.10 years old (1981 – 1991) when photographed on 22/06/91 on Aston Quay, Dublin operating the route 24, Marino to Drimnagh. By March 1996, probably as a result of entry into service at Conyngham Road Garage of the ten strong batch of brand new City Swift liveried Volvo B10B, Alexander, VA 1 – VA 10, (96-D-2001 to 96-D-2010), KC 1 was seen in Broadstone withdrawn from service, stripped of useful parts and awaiting disposal. KC 1 was the only KC built with a General Motors engine and with mechanical underpinnings similar to a Bombardier, KD double deck bus.



Picture 2 - Bombardier, KC 2 (ASI 2) 09/04/96.

 

Dublin Bus, (Summerhill) ex. Phibsboro, ex. Cork, Bombardier, Cummins engined, KC 2, (ASI 2) was photographed on 09/04/96 on O'Connell Street, Dublin operating northbound on the route 16A, Rathfarnham to Santry. Notice the front Bombardier badge, this was the only KC built by and badged from new as a Bombardier.



Picture 3 – GAC, KC 6 (ZSI 6) 21/08/91



Bus Eireann, (Waterford), GAC, KC 6, (ZSI 6) was photographed on 21/08/91 in Waterford City. KC 6 was one of a two bus (1st) batch delivered to Waterford Garage, KC 5 (ZSI 5) to KC 6 (ZSI 6).

Picture 4 – GAC, KC 13 (ZSI 13) 08/09/91.


Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 13 (ZSI 13) appeared very smart after a repaint when photographed on 08/09/91 on Aston Quay, Dublin operating westbound on the route 90, Connolly Station to Heuston Station. KC 13 was a one of a six bus batch delivered to Conyngham Road Garage, KC 10 (ZSI 10) to KC 15 (ZSI 15).


Picture 5 – GAC, KC 14 (ZSI 14) 28/03/92.


Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 14 (ZSI 14) was photographed on 28/03/92 at the Middle Abbey Street terminus of the route 80 to Clonsilla via Luttrellstown. The route 80 had eight services each way, Monday to Saturday with no Sunday service.



Picture 6 – GAC, KC 16 (ZSI 16) 06/05/91


Dublin Bus, (Phibsboro) ex. Donnybrook, GAC, KC 16 (ZSI 16) was photographed on 06/05/91 at the Ballymun terminus of the route 220 to Clonsilla via Cappagh Hospital, a one hour journey time.



Picture 7 – GAC, KC 20 (ZSI 20) 24/08/91


Dublin Bus, (Phibsboro) ex. Donnybrook, GAC, KC 20, (ZSI 20) was photographed on 24/08/91 at the Parnell Square East terminus of the route 40A to Finglas (Cappagh) via Glasnevin. Also around the time of this August 1991 picture, Phibsboro based KC 21, (ZSI 21) appeared in the Alan Parker directed BAFTA award winning (1991) comedy/drama film ‘The Commitments’ based on the Roddy Doyle book, KC 21 appeared in the film going through the Phibsboro bus washer.



Picture 8 – GAC, KC 34 (ZSI 34) 28/04/91


Dublin Bus, (Summerhill), GAC, KC 34, (ZSI 34) was photographed on 28/04/91 at the Cardiffsbridge Road terminus of the route 17A to Kilbarrack via Ballymun and Santry. KC 34 was a one of a twelve bus batch delivered to Summerhill Garage, KC 28 (ZSI 28) to KC 39 (ZSI 39).



Picture 9 – GAC, KC 40 (ZSI 40) 09/04/96


Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 40, (ZSI 40) was photographed on 09/04/96 at the Lower Abbey Street terminus of the route 28 to Edenmore, Raheny via Fairview and Killester. KC 40 was a one of an eight bus batch delivered to Clontarf Garage, KC 40 (ZSI 40) to KC 47 (ZSI 47). In the background, notice Clontarf’s City Imp liveried Mercedes 709D, Eurocoach, ME 53 (95-D-33053) operating one of the 8 minute high frequency departures of the City Imp route 130 to Castle Avenue, Clontarf.



Picture 10 – GAC, KC 43 (ZSI 43) 01/08/92

Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 43, (ZSI 43) was photographed on 01/08/92 at the Beaumont Hospital  terminus of the route 101 to Harmonstown Train Station via Coolock. At the time of this 1992 photograph, a special flat rate fare of 60 pence was charged regardless of distance travelled, the route operated Monday to Saturday with no Sunday service. Notice in the background, Clontarf’s GAC, KC 113, (UZG 113) waits for its departure time on the route 51A, Beaumont Hospital to Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin.




Picture 11 – GAC, KC 46 (ZSI 46) 18/08/95


Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 46, (ZSI 46) was photographed on 18/08/95 at the Sutton Station  terminus of the route 102 to Malahide via Portmarnock. The route 102 was a Monday to Saturday operation with no Sunday service.




Picture 12 – GAC, KC 49 (ZSI 49) 26/06/94

 

Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 49 (ZSI 49) was photographed on 26/06/94 at the Bride Street terminus of the route 210 to Neilstown via Walkinstown. KC 49 was a one of a seven bus batch delivered to Conyngham Road Garage, KC 48 (ZSI 48) to KC 54 (KZG 54). KC 53 (KZG 53) was the first KC with a KZG registration. From within this batch, KC 48 was acquired for preservation.



 

Picture 13 – GAC, KC 53 (KZG 53) 24/08/91

Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 53 (KZG 53) was photographed on 24/08/91 at Parnell Square East terminus of the route 36 to Sillogue, Ballymun. KC 53 (KZG 53) was the first KC with a KZG registration. Notice Phibsboro based Bombardier, KD 300 (300 OZU) emerging from behind doing a short working of the route 19 to Westmoreland Street.


 

Picture 14 – GAC, KC 56 (KZG 56) 22/08/91.

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 56, (KZG 56) was photographed on 22/08/91 at the  St John’s Church, Sandymount terminus of the route 52 to Kilmacud via Foster Avenue with some weekday services via Belfield to facilitate UCD (University College Dublin) students. The route 52 was a Monday to Saturday operation with no Sunday service. KC 56 was one of an eighteen bus batch delivered to Donnybrook, KC 55 (KZG 55) to KC 72 (KZG 72). From this batch, KC 68 was acquired for preservation.

 

Picture 15 – GAC, KC 60 (KZG 60) 16/08/91

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 60, (KZG 60) was photographed on 16/08/91 at the Pearse Street terminus of the route 46 to Shankill via Stillorgan. The route 46 was a Monday to Friday operation only with only 5 departures in each direction.

 

Picture 16 – GAC, KC 61 (KZG 61) 28/04/91

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 61, (KZG 61) was photographed on 28/04/91 at the Hawkins Street terminus of the route 47 to Tibradden. The route 47 was unusual in that it had more services scheduled for Saturday and Sunday than Monday to Friday.


 

Picture 17 – GAC, KC 64 (KZG 64) 09/09/95

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 64, (KZG 64) was photographed on 09/09/95 stopped outside Clerys department store on O’Connell Street while operating the then two person operated route 3 from Santry to Sandymount. Many services extended to/from Belfield, UCD to accommodate university students. Donnybrook Garage took over the operation of the route 3 from Ringsend Garage in 1994 initially using brand new DAF SB220, Alexander Setanta, ‘AD’ class single deckers in a mixture of basic City Swift or plain white liveries.


 

Picture 18 – GAC, KC 65 (KZG 65) 15/06/91


Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 65, (KZG 65) was photographed on 15/06/91 at the Hawkins Street terminus of the route 44B to Glencullen. The route 44B was a Monday to Saturday operation only with circa. 6 departures in each direction.

 

Picture 19 – GAC, KC 67 (KZG 67) 28/04/91


Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 67, (KZG 67) was photographed on 28/04/91 departing the Blackrock terminus of the route 17 to Dolphins Barn via Belfield, UCD.

 

Picture 20 – GAC, KC 75 (KZG 75) 07/08/92

 

Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 75, (KZG 75) was photographed on 07/08/92 at the Beresford Place terminus of the route 53A to the North Wall/Alexandra Road. KC 75 was a one of a seven bus batch delivered to Clontarf Garage, KC 73 (KZG 73) to KC 79 (KZG 79).

 

Picture 21 – GAC, KC 89 (UZG 89) 26/01/91

 

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 89, (UZG 89) was photographed on 26/01/91 at the Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire terminus of the route 111 to Loughlinstown Park. The route 111 was a Monday to Saturday service only. Notice the labour saving method adopted by the driver with the main scroll showing both terminus locations.

 

Picture 22 – GAC, KC 91 (UZG 91) 12/05/92

 

Dublin Bus, (Phibsboro) ex. Cork, GAC, KC 91 (UZG 91) was photographed in Phibsboro Garage on 12/05/92 having just been painted into this trial Cityswift livery in advance of the 1992/93 delivery of brand new 40 strong DAF SB220, Plaxton Verde ‘P’ class single deckers. The nearside was in plain white gloss livery, this prototype livery was not adopted but a simpler livery utilising the same basic  blue/orange/grey hues were used and first seen applied to the first example delivered, P1, (92-D-20001).


 

Picture 23 – GAC, KC 95 (UZG 95) 25/05/91

 

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), ex. Cork, GAC, KC 95, (UZG 95) was photographed on 25/05/91 at Bray Station, County Wicklow terminus of the route 85 to Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

 

Picture 24 – GAC, KC 100 (UZG 100) 09/09/95.


Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 100 (UZG 100) was photographed on 09/09/95 at the Aston Quay terminus of the route 79 to Spiddal Park via Kilmainham. KC 100 took part in the KC\KD farewell trip held on Saturday, 13/01/01, the bus is now preserved and part of the TMSI historic vehicle collection at Howth, County Dublin.


 

Picture 25 – GAC, KC 101 (UZG 101) 23/04/93

 

Bus Eireann, (Galway), GAC, KC 101, (UZG 101) was photographed on 23/04/93 on Eyre Square, Galway while operating the route 5 to Ballybane. GAC, KR 125 (PZV 125) following up behind was also operating the same route. KC 101 was a one of an eight bus batch delivered to Galway Garage, KC 101 (UZG 101) to KC 108 (UZG 108) joining two bus batch, KC 7 (ZSI 7) to KC 8 (ZSI 8). Bus Eireann was established in 1987 when CIE was broken up into three companies, the other two being Dublin Bus and Irish Rail. All GAC manufactured KCs were delivered new from the Shannon based factory (1983 – 1985) in two tone green livery. From 1987 onwards the Bus Eireann KCs were painted into a red/white livery separated by an orange band, a livery that suited the lines of the KC bus very well, while still retaining their green fabric covered high backed seats and interior green sidewall trim. From this Galway batch, KC 104 and KC 106 were acquired for preservation.

 

Picture 26 - GAC, KC 103 (UZG 103) 26/08/91.

 

Bus Eireann, (Galway), GAC, KC 103, (UZG 103) was photographed on 26/08/91 on Eyre Square, Galway while operating the route 1 to seaside resort of Salthill. The Bus Eireann sticker was applied over the CIE crest as a temporary measure until painted into the new red/white Bus Eireann livery.

 

Picture 27 – GAC, KC 111 (UZG 111) 11/05/91

 

Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 111, (UZG 111) complete with DART branding was photographed on 11/05/91 in Abbey Street Lower while operating the route 53A, Cathal Brugha Street to Beaumont Hospital. KC 111 was a one of a five bus batch delivered to Clontarf Garage, KC 111 (UZG 111) to KC 115 (UZG 115).

 

Picture 28 – GAC, KC 116 (UZG 116) 11/05/91.


Dublin Bus, (Summerhill), GAC, KC 116, (UZG 116) was photographed on 11/05/91 on Aston Quay while operating the route Dublin Airport to Heuston Station. KC 116 was one of a four bus batch delivered to Summerhill Garage, KC 116 (UZG 116) to KC 119 (UZG 119). During 1989, all four buses received a very attractive ‘Aer Lingus’, All Over Advertisement (AOA) livery, while in this livery they were modified to single door format. In 1991, on completion of the Aer Lingus contract, they were painted into this ‘Airport City Express’ livery. From this Summerhill batch, KC 116 & KC 118 were acquired for preservation.
 

 

Picture 29 – GAC, KC 120 (UZG 120) 26/01/91


Dublin Bus, (Conyngham Road), GAC, KC 120, (UZG 120) was photographed on 26/01/91 at ‘The Square’, Tallaght while operating the route 76A to Blakestown. KC 120 was one of a four bus batch delivered to Conyngham Road Garage, KC 120 (UZG 120) to KC 123 (UZG 123). The four buses were branded with DART stickers and used primarily on the short distance route 90 ‘Inter Station’, Connolly Station to Heuston Station hence explaining the lack of 76A on the number scroll. The collapsed main scroll was a common sight at the time.

 

Picture 30 – GAC, KC 126 (UZG 126) 19/08/92

Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 126, (UZG 126) was photographed on 19/08/92 at Parnell Place, Cork while operating the route 2 to Mahon. KC 126 was one of a thirteen bus batch delivered to Cork, Capwell, Garage, KC 124 (UZG 124) to KC 136 (UZG 136). The bus was hand painted into this AOA livery for ‘Tile World’ three years earlier in August 1989.

 

Picture 31 – GAC, KC 133 (UZG 133) 01/09/93

Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 133, (UZG 133) was photographed on 01/09/93 on St. Patrick Street, Cork while operating the route 3 to Ballyphehane. KD 186 (186 JZL) in Coca Cola, AOA livery was parked behind while brand new DA 10, (93-C-2510), DAF SB220, Alexander Setanta, in Bus Eireann’s then new city bus livery waited to pull into its stop.



Picture 32 – GAC, KC 153 (UZG 153) 19/08/92

Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 153, (UZG 153) was photographed on 19/08/92 in the bus station, Merchants Quay, Cork while operating the route 12. KC 153 was one of a thirty three bus batch delivered to Cork Garage, KC 140 (UZG 140) to KC 172 (UZG 172).


 

Picture 33 - GAC, KC160 (89 D 10662) 29/08/91.

Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 160, (UZG 160 / 89-D-10662) in ‘Aer Lingus’ AOA livery was photographed on 29/08/91 in the bus station, Merchants Quay, Cork. It was delivered new in 1985 but unused/and not road taxed until 1989 resulting in its original registration UZG 160 being superseded with a new registration number, 89-D-10662.



 

Picture 34 – GAC, KC 161 (UZG 161 / 87-D-28390) 24/08/94.


Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 161, (UZG 161 / 87-D-28390) in ‘AIB Bank’ AOA livery was photographed on 24/08/94 in St. Patricks Street, Cork while operating the route 7 to Donnybrook. KC 161 was one of a thirty three bus batch delivered to Cork Garage, KC 140 (UZG 140) to KC 172 (UZG 172). It was delivered new in 1985 but unused/and not road taxed until 1987 resulting in its original registration UZG 161 being superseded with a new registration number, 87-D-28390.

 

Picture 35 – GAC, KC 168 (UZG 168) 19/02/89


Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), ex. Cork, GAC, KC 168, (UZG 168) in ‘Dulux Weathershield Paint’ AOA livery was photographed on 19/02/89 on the Clontarf Road, Dublin while taking part in the production of a CAN (Commuter Advertising Network) promotional video. In October 1988, KC 168 transferred permanently from Cork to Dublin Bus, Donnybrook in full Dulux AOA livery and remained in that livery until March 1990 when it was painted into Dublin Bus two tone green livery. KC 168 was acquired for preservation.

 

Picture 36 – GAC, KC 169 (UZG 169 / 92-D-13731) 19/08/92.


Bus Eireann, (Cork), GAC, KC 169, (UZG 169 / 92-D-13731) was photographed on 19/08/92 on St Patricks Street, Cork while operating the route 14 to Togher. KC 169 was one of a thirty three bus batch delivered to Cork Garage, KC 140 (UZG 140) to KC 172 (UZG 172). It was delivered new in 1985 but not put into service becoming instead a valuable parts source for the rest of the Cork based KC fleet. It was restored to roadworthy condition and road taxed in 1992 resulting in its original registration UZG 169 being superseded with a new registration number, 92-D-13731.

 

Picture 37 – GAC, KC 174 (LZS 174) 21/08/91


Bus Eireann, (Waterford), GAC, KC 174, (LZS 174) was photographed on 21/08/91 on the quayside, Waterford. GAC , Rural Bus, KR 57 (EZV 57) follows up behind operating to Dungarvan. KC 174 was one of a two bus batch delivered to Waterford Garage, KC 174 (LZS 174) to KC 175 (LZS 175). KC 175 was acquired for preservation.

 

Picture 38 – GAC, KC 186 (LZS 186) 16/06/91


Bus Eireann, (Limerick), GAC, KC 186, (LZS 186) was photographed on O’Connell Street, Limerick on 16/06/91 operating the route 4 to Raheen. KC 186 was one of a seventeen bus batch delivered new in 1985 to Limerick Garage, KC 178 (LZS 178) to KC 194 (LZS 194 / 87-D-28450).

 

Picture 39 - GAC, KC 196 (LZS 196) 06/05/91

 

Dublin Bus, (Clontarf), GAC, KC 196, (LZS 196) was photographed on 06/05/91 at the Harmonstown terminus of the route 101 to Beaumont Hospital, a Monday to Saturday service. KC 196 was a one of a four bus batch delivered new in 1986 to Clontarf Garage, KC 195 (LZS 195) to KC 198 (LZS 198).



Picture 40 - GAC, KC 200 (LZS 200 / 87-D-3200) 08/09/91

 

Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 200, (LZS 200 / 87-D-3200) was photographed on 08/09/91 on O’Connell Street, Dublin operating southbound on the then two person operated route 11 to Clonskea. KC 200 was a one of a four bus batch delivered new in 1986 to Donnybrook Garage, KC 199 (LZS 199) to KC 202 (LZS 202 / 87-D-3202).

 


Picture 41 - GAC, KC 202 (LZS 202 / 87-D-3202) 23/04/05

 

Ex. Dublin Bus, (Donnybrook), GAC, KC 202, (LZS 202 / 87-D-3202) was photographed on 23/04/05 arriving at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra driven by its owner Des Willis. KC 202 was withdrawn at Donnybrook in November 2000 and following conversion into single door configuration and repaint into red/white livery transferred into the Bus Eireann school fleet based in Tralee, County Kerry. It remained in use there until 2005, following withdrawal it was bought for preservation by Des.

 

 

KC Facts and Figures

 

KC, Single Deck City Bus, B35D, Integral high capacity city bus, non chassis construction.

 

Length 10.9m (33' 9'), Width 2.5m (8' 2')

 

Built by FFG, Hamburg, Germany, 1981 (Prototype) in tan livery


KC 1 (1 BZI)

KC1 was delivered in tan livery but painted into two tone green before entry to service.

 

Built by Bombardier (Ireland), Shannon, Co Clare, Ireland, 1982 (in two tone green livery)


KC 2 (ASI 2) The only KC to wear the Bombardier badges from new.


Built by GAC, Shannon, Co Clare, Ireland, 1983 to 1986 (all in two tone green livery)


KC 3 (ZSI 3) to KC 52 (ZSI 52), KC27 was registered AZG 27

KC 53 (KZG 53) to KC 87 (KZG 87)

KC 88 (UZG 88) to KC 172 (UZG 172)

KC 173 (LZS 173) to KC 202 (LZS 202)

 

In August 1984, brand new KC 124 (UZG 124) was written off while parked outside the GAC factory at Shannon after been struck on its rear offside by a runaway Shannon Airport based fire tender.

 

Engines and Transmissions

 

KC 1 (1 BZI)

General Motors, two stroke, 12 litre, V6, Detroit Diesel 6V-71 supercharged engine, Rockwell axles and Allison 3 speed fully automatic transmission.

 

KC 2 (ASI 2) to KC 202 (LZS 202 / 87-D-3202)

Cummins L10 turbocharged six cylinder diesel engine, Kirkstall axles, Voith D851 three speed automatic transmission

 

Re-registrations


KC 149 (84-D-428), KC 156 (84-D-273), KC 160 (89-D-10662), KC 161 (87-D-28390),

KC 163 (89-D-17144), KC 169 (92-D-13731), KC 194 (87-D-28545), KC 200 (87-D-3200),

KC 201 (87-D-3203), KC 202 (87-D-3202)

 

External Liveries


Two tone green livery separated by thin black line with CIE logos

Bus Eireann - two tone green livery separated by thin black line with Bus Eireann logos and script

Dublin Bus - two tone green livery separated by orange stripe and Dublin Bus logo and script

Bus Eireann - Red/white livery with Bus Eireann logos and script

Dublin Bus - Green/white 'Airport City Express' livery on Summerhill's KC 39, 116 - 119

Dublin Bus - Airlink Livery, KC 116 -119

All Over Advertisement (AOA) liveries x 35, please see list below

Prototype Cityswift test livery for new DAF SB220, Plaxton Verde 'P' class applied to Phibsboro's ex Cork, KC 91 (UZG 91), May 1992.

 

KC - Garage Allocations in the late 1980's - Total KCs = 202

 

Bus Eireann - Cork Garage (Total 52)

KC 2, 9, 91 - 95, 97, 124 - 136, 140 - 155, 157 - 167, 169 - 172

 

Bus Eireann - Limerick Garage (Total 16)

KC 178 - 190, 192 - 194

 

Bus Eireann - Galway Garage (Total 10)

KC 7 - 8, 101 - 108

 

Bus Eireann - Waterford Garage (Total 6)

KC 5 - 6, 96, 109, 174 - 175

Note: KC 96 operated when new in Cork, later transferring to Waterford in exchange for KC 172

 

Dublin Bus - Donnybrook Garage (Total 48)

KC 3 - 4, 16 - 27, 55 - 72, 80 - 90, 168, 199 - 202

 

Dublin Bus - Clontarf Garage (Total 29)

KC 40 - 47, 73 - 79, 110 - 115, 137 - 139, 173, 195 - 198

Note: KC 137 - 139 operated when new in Drogheda, later transferring to Clontarf

 

Dublin Bus - Conyngham Road Garage (Total 25)

KC 1, 10 -15, 48 - 54, 98 - 100, 120 - 123, 156, 176 - 177, 191

Note: KC 122 & 123 operated when new in Dundalk, later transferring to Conyngham Road

 

Dublin Bus - Summerhill (Total 16)

KC 28 - 39, 116 - 119


Fires & Accidents

 

In August 1984, brand new KC 124 (UZG 124) was written off while parked outside the GAC factory at Shannon after been struck on its rear offside by a runaway Shannon Airport based fire tender.

 

KCs appearing in Film & TV

 

KC 21 (ZSI 21) (Phibsboro) appeared in the Alan Parker directed BAFTA award winning (1991) comedy/drama film 'The Commitments' based on the Roddy Doyle book. KC 21 appears in the film going through the Phibsboro bus washer with steam added to the scene for effect.

 

KC active service life span - 1983 to 2001 (18 years)

 

First Dublin Bus KC withdrawal was KC 1, (1 BZI), (Conyngham Road), March 1996.

Last Dublin Bus KC in service was KC 38, (ZSI 38), (Summerhill), December 2000.

 

First Bus Eireann KC withdrawals: KC 97 (UZG 97) & 135 (UZG 135), during 1997.

Last Bus Eireann KC withdrawn from city service: KC 159, 160, 161 & 165 in 2001/2002.

(Many thanks to Fred Dean for Bus Eireann withdrawal information detailed above).

 

 

KC active service in the Bus Eireann School Fleet - 2000 to 2005

 

Following withdrawal from service a number of Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann KCs were converted into single door configuration and painted/repainted into red/white school livery and were allocated to the Bus Eireann school fleet. They were designated the 'KCS' class and continued in that role until 2005 when they were replaced by a combination of ex. Dublin Bus, 1993 - 1994 vintage, DAF SB220, Plaxton Verde 'P' class and Alexander Setanta 'AD' classes.

 

Special 'Last Day Run' of KC and KD types - Saturday 13/01/01

 

Conyngham Road, KC 100 (UZG 100), ex Clontarf/Driving School, KD 114 (114 JZL), Donnybrook, KD 353 (GSI 353) travelled in convoy from outside Dublin Bus Head Office, O'Connell Street to the route 11 northside terminus at Wadelai Park, and then cross city to the southside terminus at Bird Avenue, Clonskea, then route 8 Eden Quay to Dalkey and a special back to Donnybrook Garage where Dublin Bus had very kindly laid on soup, sandwiches and tea/coffee for all participants.


Preserved

 

KC 48, 68, 100, 104, 106, 116, 118, 168, 175, 202 (T.M.S.I. - KC100)

KC 129, 131, 134, 147, 152, 153, 157, 159, 160, 161, 162, 169 (Kells Transport Museum)


All Over Advertisement/Special Liveries worn during service


KC 5 (ZSI 5) Cork - Guinness

KC 7 (ZSI 7) Galway - Denny

KC 8 (ZSI 8) Galway - Heineken

KC 39 (ZSI 39) Summerhill - Airport City Express

KC 88 (UZG 88) Donnybrook - Irish Kidney Association Donor Card

KC 91 (UZG 91) Phibsboro - Testbed vehicle for 'Cityswift' livery

KC 101 (UZG 101) Galway - Esso

KC 116 (UZG 116) Summerhill - Aer Lingus, Airport City Express, Airlink

KC 117 (UZG 117) Summerhill - Aer Lingus, Airport City Express, Airlink

KC 118 (UZG 118) Summerhill - Aer Lingus, Airport City Express, Airlink

KC 119 (UZG 119) Summerhill - Aer Lingus, Airport City Express, Airlink

KC 126 (UZG 126) Cork - Tile World

KC 132 (UZG 132) Cork - Douglas Court

KC 159 (UZG 159) Cork - TV3

KC 160 (UZG 160 / 89-D-10662) Cork - Aer Lingus, Burger King

KC 161 (UZG 161 / 87-D-28390) Cork - AIB Bank x 3 different AOA liveries, Esso

KC 162 (UZG 162) Cork - Pepsi

KC 163 (UZG 163 / 89-D-17144) Cork - Evening Echo, 7Up

KC 164 (UZG 164) Cork - Pepsi

KC 165 (UZG 165) Cork - Murphys Irish Stout

KC 168 (UZG 168) Cork & Donnybrook - Dulux Paint

KC 169 (92-D-13731) Cork - Mahon Knocknaheeny Art Bus

KC 172 (UZG 172) Cork - Aer Lingus, Heinz Beans

KC 178 (LZS 178) Limerick - Evening Echo

KC 180 (LZS 180) Limerick - AIB Bank, 7Up

KC 186 (LZS 186) Limerick - Heinz Beans

KC 192 (LZS 192) Limerick - Heinz Ketchup

KC 193 (LZS 193) Limerick - Esso

KC 194 (LZS 194 / 87-D-28545) Limerick - Aer Lingus, Evening Echo.

© Video Footage Courtesy Of Mark Phibbs.