CTPG members, on Sunday 2nd July Cardiff Bus have kindly offered us a tour of Sloper Road depot as part of our 25th anniversary celebration.
Please meet at the Depot on Broad Street at 10am to catch one of our buses, do not go directly to Sloper Road. If you can confirm your attendance via email or messenger it will help us pick the correct size bus.

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several mechanical problems resulting in long periods of lay up whilst our fitters swore about reasons they were withdrawn by Cardiff so early in life!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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With a week until the Barry rally we are putting in the finishing touches, there is new lettering on 856 which looks amazing:

June 2017

There are lots of other things going on in the background as well. Thank you to all the volunteers for the hard work they put into helping the group. Hopefully this rally will be another success.

June 5th, 2017

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We are very proud to be able to announce the first low floor bus in preservation with the CTPG. This Dennis Dart (Plaxton Pointer) spent its life with Cardiff bus. A large number of operators have experience operating Darts of this era. It will also enable wheel chair passengers the ability to travel on a vehicle at our rallies which is another bonus. Thanks to Cardiff Bus

May 11th, 2017

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On Saturday 6th May we welcomed Bedwas no.7 back to Barry following its year away in Lydney where it received repairs to the frame and repanelling followed by a repaint into original livery.   We hope to have the original Bedwas crest back on the side ready for Barry Festival of Transport.

May 11th, 2017

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Passengers wait to ride the buses from the depot

Passengers wait to ride the buses from the depot

The 25 year running day was a great success with hundreds of people joining us to travel on preserved vehicles around Barry. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! The day would not be possible without the help from the volunteer mechanics, painters, metal workers and general helpers that do an amazing job every weekend.

All trips that left the depot were full of passengers. In this shot a Western Welsh single loads up as PAX arrives at the depot

Queues of people wait to travel on the Wigan half cab

Queues of people wait to travel on the Wigan half cab

If you have any feedback (good or bad) please send it to us through the contact page ( http://www.ctpg.co.uk/contact-us/ ).

May 9th, 2017

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With our running day under a week away we are busy getting ready to start our celebrations. The buses are being MOT’d, the running board is done and the depot is being made to look its best. There is still a lot to do. If you are free to help, please pop down to the depot this Saturday. The more the merrier!

May 2nd, 2017

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Plenty of work going on at the Depot, MOT work on the Newport Scania open topper, Rhondda Dart is being repanelled after a lot of welding and the Red & White Guy Arab is having a front brake reline.

April 8th, 2017

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