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”.

     

September 12th, 2017

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Sunday 10th September sees the return of our season ending event in Merthyr, there is a good vehicle entry and an additional destination for the road runs following the old RIDavies service to Pontsticill where you can walk the reservoir or have a pint at the Red Cow Inn, timetables are available of the day in the event programme.  We will continue to run to Brecon Mountain Railway, Rhymney Brewery and a town tour, with buses scheduled to leave the Leisure Centre every 15 minutes.

There is parking at the Leisure Centre complex however it is likely to become busy so we recommend using the car park opposite the college which is only a short walk away.

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.

August 20th, 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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The CTPG attended this popular annual event at the old steel town again on Saturday 15th July, several buses attended from Barry including R&W Guy, Bedwas 6, Caerphilly 36 and Cardiff 434 but also making its debut was our recent acquisition Hills of Tredegar Leopard which attracted much interest from past employees.  Cardiff 434 provided half hourly trips around the old steel works site and was full almost every trip.

July 16th, 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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The event attracted record numbers of classic and performance cars and other vehicles to the seaside town. Around 450 visiting vehicles turned up from an Aston Martin DB 6 to a double decker from Birmingham. After a week of some rather wet weather a dull start developed into sunshine at the seaside rally site. The free heritage bus service operated with its most intensive timetable with a bus every ten minutes.

Visitors have a look around the depot

Visitors have a look around the depot

Mike Taylor after the show said

“We had a busy event and we had a lots of people travelling on our heritage buses. In the past we ran a 15-minute service, but this year our free heritage service operating every 10 minutes between the rally site and our restoration centre at The Bus Depot on Broad Street. Right from the start the buses were operating with good loads and we added in some extras. This was on top of the Park and Ride link, an open top bus service and some trips out to into the Vale of Glamorgan with preserved coaches. The classic car side was phenomenally well attended with many more car clubs attending than in past years.

We had a lot of first time visitors and amazingly eight people from Hong Kong, two a husband and wife travelling independently, who visited Wales today especially for our event. We are a charity and the funds raised will go to restoring our collection of old Welsh buses and we can always welcome new members able to work on restoration projects. I want to thank all our members who volunteered on the day, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and all the exhibitors making the day possible”.

Waiting to go back to the station/ car park

Waiting to go back to the station/ car park

Heritage buses operating included four former Cardiff buses including 434 an open top 1964 Guy Arab V; 360 a 1979 open top Bristol VR; single decker 267 a 1991 Leyland Lynx II, and 143 a 1996

Optare Metrorider. Others included: Newport Corporation 68 a 1966 Leyland Atlantean; Caerphilly Urban District Council 36 a 1966 Leyland Titan PD2, Bedwas & Machen Urban District Council 6 a 1968 Leyland Titan PD3, Pontypridd Urban District Council 8 a 1969 AEC Regent V, and National Welsh HR8215 a 1982 Leyland Olympian. On the Park & Ride service Rhondda Buses 91 a 1996 Mercedes 711D operated almost continuously all day, whilst a 1976 AEC Reliance and a 1990 Duple 425 coach were used on the Vale of Glamorgan Rhoose circular tour. Visiting buses that operated included the 1979 Bristol RE from New Zealand and a 1981 United Counties 952 a Bristol VR which had visited Barry from Bleanau Ffestiniog.

Visiting buses and coaches included modern vehicles from Cardiff Bus, Stagecoach in South Wales Edwards Coaches and Henleys of Abertillery, whilst on the heritage side buses came from Newport Swansea Bus Museum, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Bristol and the South West.

A line up of minis at the rally

A line up of minis at the rally

Amongst the many cars that came it is hard to pick stars as each had their admirers, some stood out like the 1956 white Jaguar SS saloon and a two-tone green and black 1936 Wolseley 10-40. That’s not to discount the humble black 1936 Morris 8; the red and white 1956 Standard 8, the German turquoise and white microcar a 1958 Zundapp Janus or the newly restored chocolate and cream 1964 small Volkswagen crew bus.

Amongst the displays a 1990’s London Taxi could be seen. This is owned by a group memeber and did great work helping to shuttle drivers between sites.  Two cold war Bedford Green Goddess emergency tenders we also present along with a number of lorries. Car clubs attending included the South Wales Classic & Performance; the Glamorgan; the Ryland, Range Rover Cymru; South Wales XR Owners, the Welsh Mini Group; Vale Ford and the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.

A sporty Fiesta at the running day

A sporty Fiesta at the running day

The preservation groups’ next big heritage bus and classic car event will be in Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday September 10th.

June 12th, 2017

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In a few hours the Barry festival of transport will begin. Hope you have a great day. Hopefully will be good weather again this year.

June 11th, 2017

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