On Sunday 12th August we will be travelling to Newport for a tour of their historic depot on Corporation Road, we hope to do this in Newport 68.  Further details to be published once the arrangements are confirmed.

May 10th, 2018

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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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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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