Searching Dublin Streets For Colourful Trams—Part 2

Unusual Weather for Photography.

For several days in a row it was clear, warm, sunny and bright in Dublin. In summer? Who would have thought? Walking around the city center one Friday afternoon, I made a point of trying to make some more photos of the pair of advertising trams prowling the LUAS Red Line.

After following the line on foot from Heuston Station, I slipped into a trackside café on Abbey Street for a late lunch. Here I sat by the window to keep an eye on things while I ate. The first of two trams glided westward shortly after my arrival, so I exposed some interpretive photos from inside the café.

A LUAS Citadis tram colourfully decorated to advertise icecream glides down Abbey Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
A LUAS Citadis tram colourfully decorated to advertise icecream glides down Abbey Street near Liffey Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Second of two images I made while having lunch. For me the 'HB' ice cream tram has been the more difficult of the two advertising trams on the Red Line.
Second of two images I made while having lunch. For me the ‘HB’ ice cream tram has been the more difficult of the two advertising trams on the Red Line.

As I was paying my bill, the second one passed in the opposite direction. This was easy enough to catch on foot, because it has to stop at the traffic lights before crossing O’Connell Street. The tram was destined for ‘The Point’ in Dublin’s docklands, and I estimated it would be about 20-25 minutes before it returned on its outward (westbound) trip.

On Abbey Street near the intersection with O'Connell Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
On Abbey Street near the intersection with O’Connell Street in Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.

I walked further, looking for an ideal place to catch it, finally deciding on the reverse curves near Busáras (Dublin’s central bus station) that I felt would best show the tram’s colors in a distinctive location.

This outbound tram takes the corner near Busáras (Central Bus Station) in Dublin. Clear blue skies and rich afternoon sun isn't what I'd expect for Irish weather in July! Lumix LX7 photo
This outbound tram takes the corner near Busáras (Central Bus Station) in Dublin. Clear blue skies and rich afternoon sun isn’t what I’d expect for Irish weather in July! Lumix LX7 photo
A brief pause at traffic lights at Gardner Street allow opportunity for another photo. Lumix LX7 image.
A brief pause at traffic lights at Gardner Street allow opportunity for another photo. Lumix LX7 image.

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