Original text regarding route 9 from 2013:
Having started the website with a trip along the 19 and 19A in November 2010 I thought it would be a good idea to continue on and do the successor routes: 9 and 68A. The 9 is mostly a slightly modified 19A, while the 68A covers the former 19 from Bulfin Road to City Centre.
On 15th February 2013 I covered the southside of the 9. In the afternoon I got a 15A out to Limekiln Avenue, where it shares a terminus with the 9. From there I travelled into George's Street on the 9, my first journey along this route since its inception in August 2011.
A journey undertaken on route 9 on the 20th June and 2nd July 2014
It was always the intention to revisit routes for the website, but I never imagined I would be doing so within 18 months. I had been thinking more long term. But the 9 required a revisit for a number of reasons. As the website evolved the original 9 coverage was not up to the standard of later updates. Secondly, since the first time I did the 9, the allocation on the fleet had been changed to 2013 GTs. And finally, in June 2014 the Wrights demonstrator DM 1 went into service on the 9. I saw this bus out on the 9 on its first day in service (12th June 2014) and decided to go out and get it the following Tuesday. As I walked the northside of the route I spotted it in the garage. So I went out on the Thursday and walked the southside and it did not show up. So I headed north to Charlestown and travelled back on AV 48 on the 9 to Limekiln Avenue. At Kimmage Cross Road the DM suddenly appeared on the 9 heading north. So it was a dash back to the City Centre to get one picture as it was too late to travel on it. Therefore on the 2nd July 2014 I was back on the 9 and managed to travel on DM 1 from City Centre to Charlestown and then took some more pictures of it along the route.
As the bus journey is about eighty minutes from end to end, there was a lot of waiting to see it and not many opportunities or locations to get it in. But as the route operates a 15 minute frequency I did get to see a lot of the final twenty GTs which are allocated to Phibsborough, including the final GT itself, GT 160. The next batch of buses to be delivered from Wrights will be SGs or GS and will have similar bodies to the DM. Other buses occasionally appear on the 9 such as AVs, AXs and VGs.
Also when I travelled on the 9 this time around it was running to a Summer Schedule, the first time in a while since Dublin Bus implemented this feature. From strange reason, new timetable panels were put up with the summer timetables for the 16 and 122 but not for the 9. Only a footnote sufficed for that.
Now that the 9 has gone from 13 pictures to 38, I think it qualifies as one of the better covered routes on the website. For an interesting history of the evolution of this route be sure to check out the Overview.