Up until January 2015 it terminated even further south at Kilmacanogue but it then swapped termini with the 45A. Up until 2010 it terminated at Mountjoy Square in the City Centre but then Network Direct saw it merge with route 92 and moved to Heuston Station. Prior to 2004 it was much different route as it operated from Palmero in North Bray to Kilmacanogue via Bray Station. The 2004 changes saw the route extended by about twenty-five kilometres. Surely that makes it one of the longest route extensions to a city route ever?
One of the interesting features of route 145 is the variety of locations it visits. It starts in Dublin but terminates in County Wicklow, the first time on a route feature we have gone beyond Dublin. Between Bray and Shakill it passes through Cork Little and Cork Great (which is some distance from the city in the south of Ireland), as well as Old Connaught which is some distance from the West of Ireland. In Bray the road it travels the most on is Killarney Road which is even further from the town in County Kerry with the same name. In the northern part of Bray it passes Palermo which is not the one in Italy. Finally it passes RTE Studios home to the Carrickstown of Fair City (which is meant to be on the northside of Dublin) and Ardmore Studios which is currently home to the Victorian London of Penny Dreadful.
The route is operated by Donnybrook Garage and is where one can find most members of that garage's EV fleet. The allocation is also supplemented with the tri-axle VT class as this route, with the extension to Heuston, has been one of the successes of the Network Direct review. However on the day I travelled on the route some of Donnybrook's new SG class were appearing on the route. Earlier in the year it was revealed that this was one of the routes to go over to the dual-door SG class, so the EV time on this route may be limited.
This route is one well worth experiencing. It is a long route but having started in the City Centre it brings to beyond the edge of Dublin and to the foot of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. It is a route of contrasts and as it is twenty years old this year, there is no better time to experience it.
On the 31st October I travelled on Donnybrook's EV 100 and SG 34 thanks to a bus change in Donnybrook.