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*Somewhere in the North of Ireland …………
Have you seen No. 29a ?, I heard this voice say.
I thought I was alone, I got up off the ground and looked around. Cloth cap, grey hair, bald and receding in the centre, about seventy if he was a day, a North Dublin accent to be sure.
I was looking for the bus with number 29a on it he said again. Had I seen it, I wasn’t sure, there’s a group of about ten or twelve over there, it might be there, I replied.
29a ran from Eden Quay out to Newgrove Cross, via Fairview, Killester and through Rahenny Village. I was on it for twenty-eight years he said. When they retired me I heard they retired it as well. Somebody told me they sent them up North, about twenty four of them.
Well you’ve come to the right place I said, this place has got old buses everywhere. He talked, more like rambled on for ages about Leyland Atlantean’s and Routemasters and other old buses, but none of them meant anything to me.
He headed off into the distance over to the other buses I’d seen earlier and I never saw him again.
They were the dead Dublin buses, and I guess this place was the terminus*