LUAS Opportunity.

Vexing Tram Pauses at Crossing.

Since arriving back in Dublin, I’ve had good luck catching one of the two advertsting trams wandering the Red Line. Without much effort on my part, the ‘Join Me’ painted tram, has appeared at all the right moments, and I’d made several representative views of it—as featured in earlier Tracking the Light posts.

By contrast, I’ve found more colourful ‘HB ice cream’ tram, has been elusive and difficult to photograph. This seems to zip by whenever my back is turned, or when I’m walking with a mission in the opposite direction.

My fortunes changed on July 31, 2014, when the HB tram glided down Benburb Street and stopped in front of me for about four minutes while waiting to reach its Heuston stop (which, lucky for me, was occupied by the car in front of it).

Paused on Benburb Street in Dublin.
LUAS 3014 has paused on Benburb Street in Dublin.

This was just enough time to make a variety of images from different angles. Which is exactly what I’d been hoping to do, since every section of the tram is painted differently. It’s arguably the most colorful LUAS vehicle to prowl the system to date.

Each of the sections of this Alstom Citadis tram have been colored differently with LUAS themed advertising relating to HB Ice Cream. Thus simply making a head on view cannot capture the whole effect.
Each of the sections of this Alstom Citadis tram have been colored differently with LUAS themed advertising relating to HB Ice Cream. Thus simply making a head on view cannot capture the whole effect.
Lucky of me to have a moment to wander along the side of the tram and make detailed views of each of the sections.
Lucky of me to have a moment to wander along the side of the tram and make detailed views of each of the sections.
This end features a refreshing shade of blue that reminds me of another colourful tram that wandered the Red Line about two years ago.
This end features a refreshing shade of blue that reminds me of another colourful tram that wandered the Red Line about two years ago.
This trailing view made from a low angle is my favorite of the group of images because it best shows the various colour sections with minimal distractions. About this time my phone rang while the tram got the light to proceeed.
This trailing view made from a low angle is my favorite of the group of images because it best shows the various colour sections with minimal distractions. About this time my phone rang while the tram got the light to proceeed.

All these views were made with my Lumix LX7, a camera I tend to carry with me everywhere I go.

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