CIE AA3, HZA280, an AEC Regent V with CIE H41/28RD body.
From its formation, CIE was without doubt a loyal Leyland customer throughout the 1950s and well into the 1960s, the only AECs in the fleet coming with the takeover of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) on 1 January 1959. By 1961 the standard double decker was the Leyland Titan PD3/2 with CIE body, but for some reason that I know not, to replace trains on the closed Waterford - Tramore line, in 1961 CIE took just three AEC Regent Vs with CIE H41/28RD bodies, with extra luggage accommodation for prams and luggage. This example is AA3, HZA280, new in 6/61 and withdrawn in 8/76 and scrapped. Sister AA2 is, I believe, preserved by the Transport Museum Society of Ireland.
Here at Waterford it is in the company of Leyland Tiger OPS3/1 P118, ZH6388, new with a CIE DP30F body, but reseated later to B39F; new in 1949 and withdrawn and scrapped in 1964, soon after this photograph was taken. The other bus is one of the well known CIE Leyland Leopards, E55, CZA715, new in 6/62 and withdrawn in 12/76.
Photo taken by Trevor Leach, June 1964, Merchants Quay, Waterford, Eire
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