UPDATED - 13 October 2007
For the last two years this Welsh Transport Heritage website has tried to bring an unbiased view of the "happenings" within the world of road transport heritage in Wales and judging by the visitor statistic, we have the support of a large number of fans and enthusiasts.
We feel that the time is right to give this website a much needed "make-over" so popular in TV programmes, to try and widen our appeal without forgetting our core values.
Starting from October we intend to extend our brief to cover all aspects of the Welsh vintage and classic motoring and transport scene and our events programme will feature actions and events from the widest world of Welsh Transport, a new departure.
We will put all our effort in pushing for the establishment of a Welsh Transport Heritage Centre in the former Adams stone quarry at Risca which will be a transport museum centre for all of Wales, and not just for the promoting groups.
This exciting project was the initiative of the Rhymney Valley Transport Preservation Society and had many doubters in the beginning, but with an increasing number of Caerphilly CBC councillors on board and the interest of other like minded groups, we expect to see an early announcement.
There are other projects at varous stages of developement, proposed bus museums in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, and Swansea and smaller proposals for a specialised museum in Cardigan. We have not received news of progress from any in recent months, but cannot assume that they have stalled, as we receive new information we will keep you updated.
There are many old buses of great interest to the heritage of South Wales that are crying out for reconsteruction, a good example is this former West Monmouthshire Leyland PD2/40 with Wigan built Massey Bros. lowbridge body registered 260BAX and owned by a well known local enthusiast which currently lies at the Heads of the Valleys subject to the ravages of the weather up there, it needs to be under cover before it is too late.
The British public visit transport museums in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland in their thousands every week, every year, but in Wales we have yet to offer them such an opportunity ! It is true that we have more than our fare share of wonderful preserved narrow and standard gaurge steam railways and even now exciting new projects are being announced in Anglesey.
Through this website , your voice will be heard, the voice of transport heritage in Wales and in addition, we hope to bring you the very best news and information on our road transport heritage scene as and when it happens.
We will continue to add new photos and operator histories to our public service vehicles history pages and your help would be appreciated to enable us to record the history of public transport in the Valleys and South Wales in general and especially the buses in their different liveries of the municipal and council bus companies we are equally interested in the vehicles of North and Mid-Wales.
All the photographs are supplied by you, our friends and supporters and are edited to suit the page layout on which they appear. All photographs are copyright of the author whose name appears. Where necessary the photos are digitally repaired, and edited, but are not enhanced in any way.
Some photos are provided as part of a collection, and the photographer is unknown, if any photo has been wrongly credited, or is your copyright, then please get in touch and we can correct the information or remove it, if you so wish.
If you have access to old photos of any form of road transport in North, South and Mid-Wales, please be generous and share it with like minded enthusiasts and students of transport for so much of our valuable Welsh transport heritage is lost for ever because somebody passed away and their photos, perhaps in a shoe box or the loft are seen as having no value.
Look how many transport fans and historians have visited our new site since 1 January 2006