Sky Tram Roams Dublin’s LUAS Red Line.

I like catchy titles, although I’ve recognized that today you get better response by advertising content as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Allusive titles no longer grab audiences as they did in earlier times. If Joyce wrote his famed novel Ulysses today, his publishers might changed the title to A Day’s Walk Around Dublin.

Speaking of walking around Dublin. Monday February 16, 2015 was a bright sunny day—really the first properly sunny day since I arrived back. Although more writing obligations landed in my ‘in-box’ that morning, I decided to take the time for a walk up through Kilmainham to the LUAS Red Line at Suir Road.

The specially painted 'Sky' tram crosses the LUAS bridge over the Grand Canal at Suir Road. Exposed with a Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
The specially painted ‘Sky’ tram crosses the LUAS bridge over the Grand Canal at Suir Road. Exposed with a Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

Here the tracks climb out of the old canal-bed that extends from the old Harbour near the Guinness Brewery and cross the surviving leg of the Grand Canal on a modern bridge and then run along its south bank for a mile or so on the way towards Tallagh.

Approaching the platforms at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Approaching the platforms at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

I’d been wanting to make a bright sunlit photo of the specially adorned ‘Sky’ tram that has been roaming the Red Line since before I got back. Advertising liveries rarely last more than a couple of months on the LUAS system and this was as good as an excuse as any to play with my Fuji X-T1.

I didn’t have to wait long before the tram in question came gliding along the canal

What cryptic allusion might Bloom have uttered upon seeing a Sky tram crossing the canal?

In this photo, I like the visual play on 'Sky'. Really now would this have worked on a dull day? Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
In this photo, I like the visual play on ‘Sky’. Really now would this have worked on a dull day? Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Telephoto close up at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Telephoto close up at Suir Road. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Trams in Dublin don't dally long; motors humming, this one accelerates away towards its next station stop. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.
Trams in Dublin don’t dally long; motors humming, this one accelerates away towards its next station stop. Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera; ISO 400.

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