Irish Transport Heritage Events


Saturday 5th June 2021 – ALX400 outing

After many years of being a predominantly single deck fleet, 2001 saw Citybus introduce a fleet of 20 Volvo B7TL double decker’s 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 All of the initial batch have now been withdrawn and sold. Of the second batch one was withdrawn following fire damage and all bar six of the rest have now been cascaded to Ulsterbus.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 decker’s 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 the tour.

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 observed.

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 updates,

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.