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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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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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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August’s road run saw Caerphilly 32 travel around the Vale ending up at the Red Lion in Bonvilston for some refreshment, with the evenings drawing in a nice twilight show was possible with the bus ready to depart.

  

August 20th, 2017

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Cardiff 360 has been returned to a livery it carried in the mid 1980’s to a style carried on the trams, both 343, 359 and 360 were treated to this retro livery originally.  360 will be running in Cardiff on the weekends for the summer season and has been fitted with a traditional vault but a modern ticket machine has been installed also that will accept contactless payments.  Photos by Steve Wren who assisted with the gold lining out.

     

July 13th, 2017

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On Sunday 2nd July members visited Cardiff Bus at their Sloper Road depot, we travelled in 434 which was based there in the early 1980’s.   Approximately 26 members made the trip on a warm summer Sunday, we were shown around by Gareth Stevens who also gave a short presentation in the Board room and answered many member questions.  We thank Gareth and Cardiff Bus for their hospitality and hope to be back again before we are another 25 years older!

June 22nd, 2017

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The evening of Wednesday 21st June saw about 35 members celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a trip in our longest owned running bus, Cardiff 512 an AEC Swift was the second bus saved by the fledgling CTPG back in the early 1990’s from a scrap yard near Oxford.  Following many tribulations 512 returned to the road in 2012 but has suffered several mechanical problems resulting in long periods of lay up whilst our fitters swore about reasons they were withdrawn by Cardiff so early in life! Following the latest pit time and third successful MOT since 2012 the Swift carried a passenger load and performed faultlessly on the hottest day of 2017.   Following a visit to Atlantic Depot for members to see some of the hidden gems we travelled to a local pub for our buffet anniversary tea and liquid refreshment.

 

June 22nd, 2017

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