Saturday 5th June 2021
After many years of being a predominantly single deck
fleet, 2001 saw Citybus introduce a fleet of 20 Volvo
B7TL double deckers with Alexander (Belfast) ALX400
bodies which proved to be popular and reliable
workhorses, (2921 40, HCZ 9921 40). These
were followed up two years later with a further batch of
25 similar vehicles, 2941 65 (TCZ 9941 65).
In later life many of both batches were cascaded to
Ulsterbus for use as school buses. All of the initial
batch have now been withdrawn and sold. Of the second
batch one was withdrawn following fire damage and all bar
six of the rest have now been cascaded to Ulsterbus.
These are now the only double deckers in the
Citybus fleet retaining the old magenta/grey livery. With
new vehicles due later in the year it is unlikely that
these vehicles will remain in traffic much longer.
To mark the sterling service given to Citybus by these
vehicles, ITH member and Citybus driver Owen McKinstry
has organised a tour of city routes that these vehicles
would have been found on during their service lives.
Departure will be from Donegall Square West at 10.00,
finishing in the city centre once more at around 17.00.
Arrangements will also be made for a lunch break during
No advance booking is necessary for this tour and we are
very grateful to Owen for organising this outing.
Face masks of face coverings (no balaclavas) must be worn
unless exempt and all social distancing measures must be
The information above concerning forthcoming outdoor
events is published in good faith. However with the
situation regarding the Corona virus changing on a daily
if not hourly basis, there is no guarantee that we will
be permitted to operate all or indeed any of the events
advertised. We will of course try and keep members
advised of developments as they happen. Members are
advised to check our website and Facebook accounts for
Members are reminded to bring high viz bibs/jackets.
Where visits are arranged to the premises of bus
companies THAT ARE OFF-LIMITS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, high
viz bibs/jackets must to be worn. Any members not wearing
a reflective jacket WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THESE AREAS.
They may either visit areas open to the public or remain
on our bus(es) when the visits are taking place. There
are NO exceptions to this stipulation.