Off The Beaten Track

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Take-off to the Airport...Route 757

Posted by csalem83 on April 2, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It is 2017 and Off The Beaten Track is back! When I did the 145 in October 2015 and took a break, I expected it to be the usual four months. I did not expect it to last eighteen months! However real life often has a habit of getting in the way and after going through changes and upheaval, I am now able to start doing updates to Off The Beaten Track once more in 2017.


There have been a number of developments to the Dublin Bus network during those eighteen months. We ha...

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Beyond Dublin...Route 145

Posted by csalem83 on November 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 145 on the 31st October 2015.


And so 2015 comes to an end for live updates on Off The Beaten Track. In 2014 the final trip was taken on the premier route in Dublin, route 46A, and it is very hard to top that. The 145 though comes pretty close. It has length, variety, is twenty years old this year with an interesting history, and more importantly goes beyond County Dublin. Surely that is the definition of Off The Beaten Tr...

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Shopping Toll...Routes 76 & 76A

Posted by csalem83 on October 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Journeys undertaken on Dublin Bus routes 76 and 76A on the 8th October 2015.

As we approach the end of the year and come towards the end of "live" updates for this website, I realised we had not visited Tallaght this year. As it is a prime bus area this was an oversight that could not stand. The question was what route should be covered? Having done two routes I had not done before in the previous update, I felt that theme should continue, but that results in most routes to ...

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Parks and Orchard...Routes 79 & 79A

Posted by csalem83 on September 21, 2015 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 79A on the 14th September 2015 and on route 79 on the 15th September 2015.

At the conclusion of my last 'On The Beaten Track' update I said I would be returning to Off The Beaten Track and covering a route I had never travelled on before. There were a number of options I considered but in the end I got a bit greedy and did a "two for one" by choosing the 79 and the 79A. Both routes had been at the back of my mind to do for some time (...

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Beaumont to Beaumont...Route 14

Posted by csalem83 on August 24, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 14 on the 22nd August 2015.

For the second update in a row we are going On The Beaten Track by revisiting a route already covered. In this case it is route 14 which runs from Ardlea Road to Dundrum. When I did this route in 2013 I sort of skipped an important part of it, the loop around Ballinteer. This was a bit unforgivable since the main purpose of the 14 is to serve Ballinteer! This purpose of this revisit was to rectify that omis...

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Rialto Reboot...Route 17

Posted by csalem83 on August 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 17 on the 15th August 2015.

This update is more "On The Beaten Track" than "Off The Beaten Track" since the route 17 was covered before on this website. However, just like how I had to reboot the feature on route 9 last year due to defficiences, the same is true for the 17 this year. My first trips on the route in 2010 and 2013 barely provided any sort of flavour of this orbital route which serves many communities in south Dublin. Thi...

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Let's Go Round Again...Route 8

Posted by csalem83 on August 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 8 on the 5th August 2015.

This update is a case of deja vu. A few weeks ago, route 15 was covered on this website. It was the first tram route in the city. The last tram route to operate in Dublin was the 8. In July 1949 the last tram ran and the buses took over. Fifty-two years later, in July 2001, Dublin Bus abolished the route 8. However a case taken in the European courts by an Irish politician saw the 8 reinstated in December 200...

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Around Edenmore...Route 27A

Posted by csalem83 on July 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 27A on the 28th July 2015.


It has taken a while, but finally a Clontarf route has been covered for 2015. It turns out though that it was well worth the wait as the 27A is possibly the most fascinating route that I have covered for the website so far.


The current 27A began in September 2011 as part of Network Direct and was mostly a like for like replacement for the 42B. The current routing s...

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From Abbey to Manor...Routes 41 & 41C

Posted by csalem83 on July 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 41C on the 25th June 2015 and route 41 on the 2nd July 2015.

A bit of time travel involved with this update as it was done before the 111 but is going live after that one. But then the latter was a much smaller and easier route to cover. Continuing with the time travel theme, a few weeks ago I covered the 39 and 39A. The 39 was the route first converted to the revolutionary City Swift brand back in 1993. It introduced a new concept in...

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A Mini-Update For A Mini-Route (111)!

Posted by csalem83 on July 2, 2015 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A journey undertaken on Dublin Bus route 111 in July 2015.

I had planned on starting July with an update covering two other routes, but with the fine weather Ireland is currently experiencing and the bright mornings, I decided to do this mini-update instead on a more interesting route. Interesting is probably putting it a bid mildly and peculiar is probably more appropriate. In 2014 I covered the 59, another Dun Laoghaire local route, and found it a bit odd with the way it i...

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