For an overview of routes 13 & 13A, click here For an overview of routes 51B & 51C, click here For a blog entry, click here
A journey undertaken on route 13 on the March 2015
After doing the 83, it seemed sensible to do the final route that terminates in Harristown: the 13. This is one of the long Network Direct routes that combines a number of former City Swift routes : 13, 13A, 51B and 51C. Through this merger in 2011, a route was created that runs from Harristown to Grange Castle via Poppintree, Ballymun, Drumcondra, Kilmainham, Inhicore, Clondalkin and Bawnogue. The merger also means it is operated by two garages: Harristown and Conyngham Road. This means a variety of buses can appear on the route, from AVs and AXs to VGs and GTs. However, during 2015 the route is due to go over to GT and SG operation as part of the contract Dublin Bus has with the NTA. The variety will diminish on the route and sights such as the oldest AV from 2001 (AV186), which I got to see on the 23rd March will become much rarer. The route is probably best known for passing through the more working classes areas of Dublin. Indeed, it is not uncommon to read on the Dublin Bus website that at night it is diverted from Bawnogue, and to a lesser degree Poppintree, due to anti-social behaviour. I experienced no problems on the days I walked the route, even though one was Friday the 13th. At the Ballymun and Harristown end it meets the 4, 9, 11, 17A, 27B and 83 which have all been covered by this site. At Grange Castle it meets the 151 which has also been covered here. Between Blackhorse and Red Cow it runs parallel to the Luas Red Line on the Naas Road which is a faster form of transport between the two points. The original 13 and 13A as well as the 51B and 51C were routes I was not very familiar with. The amount of time I travelled on both could probably be counted on two hands. However I enjoyed by two days on the present 13, and glad I got to know a route number that has a long history within Dublin, at least on the northside.
On the 31st December 2015 I travelled on Harristown' sGT 36.