the village of enniskerry in county wicklow


Donnybrook Garage based AD 60, a DAF SB 220 single decker built with Alexander Setanta bodywork heads into Enniskerry village working back towards Bray Station.

Route 185 is a replica of former route 85 from Bray railway station, re numbered 185 during the area revamp when similar local feeder service 84A was re named 184.
both routes were formerly operated by MA class Mercedes class 709D with Alexander bodywork & then Leicester Carriage Builders bodywork, before the AD class gradually crept onto the routes as demand increased with the various  housing developments in the bray/ wicklow area.
AD60 at the main stop at Enniskerry Village. route 185 offers a convenient connection to bray village & with its terminus at the railway station, a handy connection to the dart
( Dublin rail )  network. the route operates more or less on an hourly basis seven days a week, with selected services serving fassaroe housing scheme. a few departures from bray station also operate to the beautiful grounds of powerscourt which is very popular tourist attraction.
Interior view of AD60 enroute to enniskerry village. throughout this Saturday afternoon trip, the service carried a healthy load, despite its mere hourly routing.
the ad class, like its similar P class Plaxton Verde interior has not been popular with passengers. the p class has already been completely withdrawn while the ad class has seen its type shrink by 20 buses in the past few months as the vehicles are passed to Bus Eireann for use as school buses.

Enniskerry Village is also served by route 44 which operates directly from Dublin city centre. this service runs every 30 minutes during the week, with a reduced frequency on Sundays. the route offers spectacular views of the Dublin & wicklow mountains especially on the return trip as its winds it way down to Sandyford. Volvo Olympian rv 444 is seen above & just typically allocated to the route.
footnote:
since this feature was photographed, donnybrook has withdrawn its entire fleet of ad class setanta's, most passing to Phibsboro garage for further service.
route 185 is now operated by Volvo b6ble wright crusader midibuses & double decker olympians
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Bray Dart station
Bray Main Street
Castle Street
Upper Dargle
Road
Palermo
Dargle Road
Waterside
Dargle Bridge
Kilcroney Gate
Varty Bridge
The Quarry
Shop River
Fasseroe
Enniskerry
Village
Powerscourt
Gate
Kilgarran
Post Office
Dublin Bus route 44 feature

Official Dublin Bus route 185 timetable

Official Dublin Bus route 44 timetable

map of bray

powerscourt information
Route 44 from Dublin City Centre to Enniskerry Village
Route 185 from Bray DART Station to Enniskerry & Shop River
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Dublin Bus AD 55, from Phibsboro Garage departs from route 122's Ashington terminus in Cabra 30th June 2006 as the AD fleet was phased out of Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus Route 185

Bray DART Station
Bray Main Street
Palermo
Dargle Road
Fasseroe
Enniskerry Village/ Powerscourt
Shop River
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Donnybrook Garage RV 488 at Bray DART Station, terminus for 185
RV 488 at Enniskerry Village & close to Powercourt Gardens
RV 488 having travelled down from Shop River enroute to Bray
Route 185 was originally numbered the 85 before the Bray sector review. Donnybrook GAC KC 27, with its unique AZG registration AZG 27 is seen at Enniskerry Village enroute to Shop River.

Route 85 was the first Dublin City Services route to go one person operation ( OPO ) way back in 1965, following the introduction of new C class Leylands being introduced into service by CIE, ousting the E class which had been working Bray routes 45A, 84 & the 85 at that time.
Photo Darren Hall
MA 13, a Mercedes Benz 709D with Alexander Belfast bodywork is seen at Bray Station on route 145 which operated from Kilmacanogue/ Ballywaltrim to Palermo.
These Localink minibuses, in both two tone green & cream roofs, along with newer cream & blue livery were typical minibuses operating on the 185 following a network review of the Bray area, when routes 85 became the 185, route 84A became the 184, with the new 145 & 146 minibuses.
Palermo, on the destination was also served by the 185.
Photo Darren Hall
Photo Darren Hall
WV 8 is seen on route 185 at Bray Station.
The WV class would eventually oust the minibuses class on the route as the Leicester Carriage Builders type was removed from service. WV 8 was originally delivered to Ringsend Garage as part of batch WV 1-10 in City Imp livery for new route 150 to Rossmore. Gradual transfers of both Ringsend & Clontarf WV's to Donnybrook occurred to operate Donnybrook routes 44B, 59, 111, 184 & the 185.
By 2009, route 185 had been converted to double decker operation following the dwindling WV fleet at Donnybrook,with only routes 44B & 59 being allocated single deckers.
WV 4 is seen heading for Bray Dart Station 4th June 2005.
Not exactly a Cityswift route but a worthy addition to this page, Donnybrook based AV 321 is seen at Enniskerry Village on the 11th Feb 2006, this AV usually reserved for flagship route 46A.
Volvo Olympian RV 483 seen at Enniskerry heading southbound 22nd October 2005
Volvo Olympian RV 525 seen at Shop River 17th September 2005
Volvo B 7 class AV 378 is seen at Bray Station in January 2006
Photogenic bus terminus dont get any better than this, Volvo B7 class AV 137 is seen at the route 185 terminus at Shop River, which features its own turning circle.
AV 137 at Shop River with a spectacular backdrop.
Route 185 is one of the few Dublin Bus routes that dosent operate in Dublin City or County, just in County Wicklow.
Route 185 - the timetable

Palermo
Some route 185 services are denoted in the timetable as to/from Palmero, with symbols e & d
Palmero is a suburb of Bray off the Dublin Road.
From Bray Station, the 185 operates through the Main Street, Castle Street, Dublin Road, turning left into St Peter's Road, Beech Road with the cemetery on the left, Raverty Villas, Hawthorn Road & Maple Grove where the terminus is, then right into Beech Road, left at the crossroads, by the cemetery again & back along St Peters Road.

Via Fassaroe
Some 185 services operate via Fassaroe
Fassaroe is a housing estate located off the Dargle Road operating into the estate via Dargle Crescent/ Old Conna Grove & Ard Chualann.

Via Powerscourt
Selected trips operate via Powerscourt, usually at the weekends. While the timetable gives the impression some services operate to/from Powerscourt, all services are operating further to the outer terminus at Shop River.
Only services from Bray Station to Shop River operate via Powerscourt, the routing is Enniskerry Village, Church Hill, right into Powerscourt, setting down the entrance ( Powerscourt Gates ), back down Church Hill, left into Forge Road, then right at the next crossroads along by Kilgarron Cottages & towards Shop River. No services from Shop River operate via Powerscourt. For tourists, its only a 10 minute walk ( uphill ) from Enniskerry Village to the Powerscourt Gates.

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Bray Dart station
Bray Main Street
Castle Street
Upper Dargle
Road
Palermo
Dargle Road
Waterside
Dargle Bridge
Kilcroney Gate
Varty Bridge
The Quarry
Shop River
Fasseroe
Enniskerry
Village
Powerscourt
Gate
Kilgarran
Post Office
Bray Dart station
Bray Main Street
Castle Street
Upper Dargle
Road
Palermo
Dargle Road
Waterside
Dargle Bridge
Kilcroney Gate
Varty Bridge
The Quarry
Shop River
Fasseroe
Enniskerry
Village
Powerscourt
Gate
Kilgarran
Post Office
Bray Dart station
Bray Main Street
Castle Street
Upper Dargle
Road
Palermo
Dargle Road
Waterside
Dargle Bridge
Kilcroney Gate
Varty Bridge
The Quarry
Shop River
Fasseroe
Enniskerry
Village
Powerscourt
Gate
Kilgarran
Post Office