The top coat has been added onto WW1518 and it looks fantastic in original colours, work moves back to the interior now with new flooring & laminate to be added before glazing takes place.

March 13th, 2019

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Work on our Western Welsh Leopard has restarted and things are moving quickly, 1518 was new to Barry Depot and in later years was converted to a tow bus the rear quarter being removed in the process. As can be seen a new section has been added, this was removed from a scrap exOxford AEC Reliance and has returned the Leopard to full length. We hope to see some paint on 1518 in the next few weeks.

February 26th, 2019

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The CTPG visited Swansea Bus Museum on Sunday 24th Feb, we took our National Welsh Olympian as the restoration of Swansea’s SWT Olympian had recently been completed. The photos below show the two preserved South Wales Olympians together almost identical to look at but with very different running gear, one being Gardner/Hydracyclic and the other Cummins/Voith which are quite separable audibly.

February 26th, 2019

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Work has restarted on the restoration of WW1518 our Leyland Leopard ex tow bus now restored to full length, we hope to see some paint on her in the near future.


At the end of January the move into Windward Depot was completed following a month of preparation and cleaning, the end result seems to be better than the old Atlantic Depot layout.

January 28th, 2019

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The CTPG received the keys to our new building on Barry Dock on 14th December, Windward depot will replace Atlantic depot in the new year.  Luckily for us Windward has a pair of pits, a spray booth and store room already in place and will be very useful to ensure we can keep the fleet in good order.  Unfortunately Windward as with Atlantic is not tall enough for high bridge buses.  Plenty of preparation is required before the buses can move across, please volunteer during January to help so we can complete the move with our allowed time schedule.

December 20th, 2018

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Pontypridd 8 visited Swansea for the Bus Museums open day at the end of October, the weather was cold and bright as can be seen in the photos.  WW1370 and PTX830F also travelled along the A48 from Barry. No. 8 performed two timetabled runs during the day.

November 3rd, 2018

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On Sunday 9th September, the Festival of Transport at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre drew the visitors from many parts of The Valleys and some came from Swansea and Devon. Mike Taylor, the Chairman of the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group which organised the event said “It was a slightly mixed day weather wise but with enough sunny spells for us to run open top buses, we brought along several buses from our collection and these together with visitors saw over 40 heritage buses from the late 1940s up to the millennium. Nearly all the classic cars came along, on the day there were in the region 170 classic and more recent ones. It was good to see the 103 year old Model Ford T and some of the high performance models such as a Ferrari and Porsche. The cars of the1950s 1960s and 1970s made up many interesting vehicles. With sponsors bring new vehicles including hybrid powered there was something for everyone, and the free heritage bus services all did well. At the festival, a surprise visitor from the north was a 1949 built Leyland Titan PD2 open rear platform double decker that operated from 1949 for Todmorden J.O.C. of Calderdale, which served part of the West Yorkshire coalfield – their services ran to places like Rochdale. The Todmorden Joint Omnibus Board was unusual as it was run by a committee of the council and the railway from 1907 as the LMS up to BR in 1971. This was first time it had visited Wales. People attending the Festival could experience travel on a number of vehicles such the oldest were the half cab double decker’s as the orange and while 1960s Guy Arab V formerly with Cardiff, a blue and cream AEC Regent V from Pontypridd and a green and cream Leyland Titan from Caerphilly. Single decker’s and coaches also ran some of the longer trips using an late 1996 Cardiff Metrorider and later 2000 Dart. Jones International of Llandeilo who brought along their yellow coach helped out on trips to Rhymney Brewery. Mike Taylor, added “those that came were had a good day out with more at the show than last year. We would like to thank all those that came and to our sponsors, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Stagecoach, Griffin Mill, Brecon Mountain Railway, Rhymney Brewery, 6060 and RT Williams”.

September 10th, 2018

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August road run was around the Vale in PAX before stopping off for liquid refreshments, photo taken near Ogmore.

August 19th, 2018

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Photos from the successful trip to Newport in our Leyland PDR1, this was the first time 68 went home since she limped out in 2006 to join the CTPG collection.

  

On Sunday 12th August we will be taking a trip to Corporation Road, Newport to visit Newport Bus depot, we will be leaving Broad Street on Newport 68 at 10am and returning mid afternoon, it is possible we can pick up in Cardiff central if there is enough interest. We will have a depot tour and a run in their Leyland PD2.

Please email to confirm your wish to come along, do not turn up at Newport separately as you will be refused entry.

 

July 29th, 2018

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