The Cardiff Transport Preservation Group organised, with heritage coach owner Jonathan
Radley an interesting weekend for bus enthusiasts and Depot neighbours. On Saturday 28th April a convoy
of 14 heritage coaches and buses, some running from Cheltenham came to Barry and on
Sunday, free bus trips were run from The Bus Depot in Barry. For the volunteer charity
group they ran more services than initially planned, and visitors and locals alike made full
use of the fee trips, despite the unseasonal cold weather.
The group marked the anniversary, 40 years ago when the then state-owned National Bus
Company formed National Welsh, which became Wales largest bus company (by vehicles
and staff), and this included the depot, now a heritage centre at Barry.
Amongst the visiting convoy of heritage vehicles on the Saturday was a former 1968 Red &
White coach from Swindon and a 1964 Western Welsh coach from Kent, and both ran trips
from Barry and into the Vale on the Sunday. Additionally, a 1950s coach visited from
Coventry and a 1960s bus came over from Bristol.
Mike Taylor Chairman of the heritage bus restoration group said “It was a bit cold at times,
but we had planned for extra trips and they all ran, it stayed dry and we ran our
open top buses and it was noticeable the families with children had a good time.
As an Anniversary for an old local company 40 years ago it was good to see some
past employees, including the manager of Barry, Alf Elms who left 31 years ago.”
The day was saw a test run for a newly restored former Cardiff Leyland Lynx new in 1990
which will be a star attraction at the heritage groups big event on 10th June when classic cars
also come along to our Barry Festival of Transport.
Photos of ABO 145B by Chris Stewart, others by Steve Wren

May 3rd, 2018

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On Saturday 28th April a convoy of National Welsh and associated company buses and coaches will descend on Barry following traditional routes to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of National Welsh, the timetable is shown below.   If you would like to travel please get in touch via the contact page so we can put you in touch with the relevant people.

On Sunday 29th April we have our Running Day based at Broad Street, we will be running trips to Atlantic Depot and the the Vale and surrounding area.  Timetables will be available on the day, several of the visiting buses will be performing runs along with members of the CTPG fleet.

April 22nd, 2018

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CTPG membership subs were reviewed at the AGM and an additional category was added for younger members, for 18 – 25 year olds membership is £10, other subs remain as previously £20 or £25 for couples.  Your membership is used entirely to run the Depot and the preserved fleet of buses.
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April 2nd, 2018

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Further work in early April

Towards the end of March further progress has lead to the o/s being panelled and the front of the bus being stripped for repair.

At the beginning of February our towbus, exWestern Welsh 1518 a Leyland Leopard with Willowbrook B45F bodywork and new to Barry Depot in 1971, left Barry for Stagecoach’s Blackwood depot to be returned to original specification utilising the rear portion of another bus we broke up for this reason.  Blackwood are familiar with Leopard service buses having run many when previously Islwyn Borough Council / IBT, Stagecoach being the natural successors to Western Welsh and National Welsh.  Work has now commenced preparing the back end for its extra few feet of body.

February 22nd, 2018

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WWN 191 an AEC Reliance with Harrington bodywork and joined the CTPG fleet, it will be mechanically assessed prior to a potential debut at Barry Festival of Transport on 10th June.  The AEC has been restored internally and externally in recent years and having been a regular travelling on the A48 through the Vale makes a very relevant addition to the fleet.

January 14th, 2018

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We have recently received a few vehicles from Newport Bus, decisions on their futures will be made once they have been checked over by our mechanical team. Bodily they are in good order and complete. Thank you Newport!

November 5th, 2017

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On Sunday 29th October the final event at the Swansea Bus Museum’s current location was held with good weather making it warmer than it has been on several occasions over the years we have attended this show.  This year we took along three CTPG vehicles plus the stall.  Cardiff 360, Pontypridd 8 and R&W C.350 made the journey without problem with a small band of helpers to set up the stall for the day, with the clocks going backwards on the Saturday we arrived back at Barry as the shadows were lengthening.
      

November 5th, 2017

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On Sunday 10th September, despite the weather the Festival of Transport at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre drew visitors from many parts of South Wales. At the event the bus preservation group brought out their latest restored bus, a 24-year-old early Dennis Dart, originally new to Rhondda Buses. Mike Taylor, the Chairman of the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group which organised the event said “Our plans altered due to the weather, as it was not going to be good for our open-top buses, but we brought along several closed top buses and the many visiting vehicles made the day interesting – Several classic cars did come along but not as many as expected. Somewhere in the region 80 classic and modern cars came, including some iconic American fish tailed Cadillac’s and British icons such as the 1950 and 1960 Morris Minor and original Austin mini’s. On the commercial side, there was much interest in a World War II Bedford QLD truck in the colours of the Eight Corps, British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. It was also good to see about 30 former Merthyr Tydfil busman have a reunion led by our now CTPG volunteer Elwyn Jones, Painter and former Union leader with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council Transport Department plus their former Manager Glyn Bowen, and a special heritage bus trip was arranged too.At the festival, a surprise visitor from Somerset was a former AEC Regent V new in1967 formerly with Pontypridd Urban District Council as their no 4, a double deckerconverted into a mobile home, and painted green. Interestingly, owners Paul and Sam Bateman converted the bus with beds, cooker unit, lounge and shower and used it on their honeymoon 25 years ago. Having celebrated their 25th wedding NEWS RELEASE MERTHYR TYDFIL 11th September 2017   anniversary in August this year, they decide to re-visit Wales and have a look at the preserved former Pontypridd AEC No 8, running free trips on the day. Amongst the visiting buses two red ones joined in running free trips during the day, a 1973 Marshall of Cambridge bodied Leyland Leopard in Midland Red Wyvern colours and a 1979 Bristol VR double decker from the Swansea Bus Museum. Buses from the heritage collection at Barry running trips included the groups newly restored maroon Rhondda Dennis Dart, and Rhondda Mercedes restored last year;an orange and white 1996 Cardiff Metrorider, and three double deckers from he 1960s. These included the dark blue and cream Pontypridd AEC; a green and cream Caerphilly Titan, and a bright blue and ivory Bedwas & Machen Titan. Jones International of Llandeilo who brought along their yellow coach, helped out on the free trips to Rhymney Brewery.Mike Taylor, added “whilst the weather was against us, those that came were not disappointed and we ran all our programme of free trips. We would like to thank all those that came and to our sponsors, R.T. Williams, Sixty-Sixty Coaches, the Brecon Mountain Railway, Rhymney Brewery, Griffin Mill and Newtown Motors”.
     


 

Rhondda 91 gained its first MOT with the CTPG in time for the 10th September following a full rebuild and service, and is seen here at Porth its original home depot.

September 3rd, 2017

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A selection of Barry based buses made the journey to Merthyr Tydfil for their Merthyr Amazes event outside the restored town hall, much interest was generated from a photo display of old corporation drivers prior to it being placed into the Depot.  Cardiff 434 provided regular open top trips to the castle and was mainly fully loaded.  This was obviously a good advert for our upcoming Festival of Transport at the Leisure Centre on September 10th.


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