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Rhymney Valley District Council

The short history of Rhymney Valley District Council is interesting as it came about as a resultof local Government re.organisation in 1974

The amalgamation of the three local council bus fleets , Caerphilly, Bedwas & Machen and Gelligaer in the new undertaking.


But bus transport came to the Rhymney Valley much earlier of course, in fact it was the newly established South Wales Transport Ltd of Swansea who first intrioduced bus services to the area with a service between Caerphilly and Bargoed operating via Ystrad Mynach during the war years of the first world war,  possibly 1916, but no later than 1917.


It was in May 1917 that Caerphilly UDC were grnted powers to opeate motor buses and South Wales Transport promptly withdrew from the area,  not simply because of this, but the rather disjointed operations were becoming more difficult to integrate and this challenge was seen almost as an escape route .


But returning to modern times, on the formation of  the  new Rhymney Valley District Council, the Mill Road Garage in Caerphilly and the Tir-y-Berth Garage of Gelligaer in Hengoed were retained  and all liveries were changed in favour of the brown, gold and cream livery.


This livery in its various forms lives on today on at least  four former RVDC vehicles.

Rhymney Valley  lineup at Caerphilly on   23 July 1980 Left to right  .  54 (BTX540J )  a Bristol VR with Northern Counties H44/33F body which was new in 1971 to Gelligaer as their no.40 , 31( 31 SNY), A Leyland PD3/4 with Massey L35/33RD body, it was new in 1963 to Caerphilly as their no. 13 and finally 14 (ATX514B) a Leyland PSU3/1R with Massey 55 seat body and was new to Caerphilly as their no.14.

Photograph copyright Carl Berry.  


R.V.D.C. Leyland Leopard no. 8 (LTG798P) with 51 seat East Lancashire Coachworks bodywork is seen at the former  Navigation Colliery site in Crumlin in March 2005 on a special tour for Rymney Valley Transport Preservation Society. The bus was delivered to the former Rhymney Valley District Council in February 1976 and is now preserved by John Evans.

Photo supplied by John Evans and copyright.




The Post Office sign, the post box and the street markings give it away, no this is not a photo from twenty years ago in Bargoed Square,  it was in fact taken on the 3rd September 2006, as part of the growing  John Evans RVDC fleet makes its way to Merthyr for the Bus & Coach Wales rally.



Rhymney Valley 22, HHB 49N. Leyland Atlantean with East
Lancs bodywork at Cardiff Bus Station on 12/3/82 in all over advert for Leos of Pontllanfraith.


Photo supplied by and copyright Steven Powall




Another view of no. 22 seen outside the LEOS Superstore at Pontllanfraith.

                        photo supplied by and copyright Glyn Bowen




RVDC  31  (OJD 45R), a Bristol LH6L ex London Transport BL 45 it is seen here at the former Gelligaer garage at Tir-Y-Beth.
  Photo supplied and copyright Richard Field 





Another view of  no. 31, again at Tir-y-Beth depot on a cold and frosty morning with the windows iced over.

Photo supplied and copyright RC Evans






No. 46 (NKG246M), a 1972 Bristol RESLG with ECW DP44F which was ex Gelligaer in 1974 is seen dropping down through Deri on its run to Bargoed.

Photo supplied by and copyright RC Evans





RVDC Bristol VRT/SL6G no. 54 (BTX 540J) with Northern Counties H44/33F tests the newly installed bus washer at Caerphilly. This bus was new to Gelligaer as no. 40 and was new in April 1971.

photo supplied by and copyrright of Glyn Bowen




RVDC 58 ( GTX361N), a Bristol RESL6G with ECW  B47F body which was delivered in January 1975 is seen at at Merthyr Tydfil on 29th October 1983 preparing for its journey to Newport. 

Photograph copyright Carl Berry



Rhymney Valley 95 (OAX 75M), a Leyland PSU3B/2R with East Lancashire 51 seat bodywork was new to Bedwas & Machen as their no.11 seen on its way to Newport in May 1982 on route 149/150.

Photograph copyright John Evans




RVDC  AEC REGENT V  no. 92 (BWO 585B), has a Massey L31/28R body and was new to Bedwas & Machen as no.8 in September 1964. It is seen  on an enthusiasts tour.


Photo supplied by and copyright of Glyn Bowen



RVDC 96 (PAX466F) , a Leyland PD3/4 with Massey lowbridge 35/33seater body fitted with rear platform doors. It is seen here at Senghenydd terminus and  was new to Bedwas & Machan as no. 6 in June 1968.  

Photo supplied by and copyright of Glyn Bowen




Now  preserved by Julian Peddle and is currently in the livery of MK Metro , 96 is seen here at Bus & Coach Wales in 2000 on a bright sunny day..

photosupplied and copyright of Glyn Bowen




Rhymney Valley Driver Trainer 82 (422CAX)  seen at Caerphilly Bus Station on 23 July 1980. It is an AEC Regent V that has a Massey lowbridge 31/28R body and was new in 1961 to Bedwas & Machen as their no. 5. 

Photograph copyright Carl Berry


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