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Who are we....

The Rhymney Valley Transport Preservation Society are really new boys on the preservation block being incorporated in 2004.  The idea was born following discussions between John Evans and Dave Griffiths over the problems of accomodation for old vehicles in South Wales.

John is known to all on the rally circuit in South Wales and also on his frequent venturing over the River Severn to attend ralles, for his larger than life personality and his welcoming cup of tea to all that want a closer look at the RVDC bus he is rallying that day.

He is a former RVDC driver and now a taxi company proprietor in Bargoed where he keeps his collection of former RVDC buses, John is chairman of the Rhymney Valley Transport Preservation Society.

Dave Griffiths is an exciled Welshman living with his Czech born wife in an 17th century baroque  chateau which is a state national monument in the Ceske Stredohori Protected landscape area or national park with a lifelong love of Welsh buses, mainly in the North.  David is acting secretary and also editor / webmaster of this website.

The other members of the RVTPS come from all walks of life and with all forms of professional qualifications sharing one thing , their deep interest and love of motor transport in Wales. 





AIMS & OBJECTIVES

A working transport museum for Wales

Over recent years there have been many ideas for transport museums in South Wales of various themes covering railways, canals, maritime and of course buses. Surprisingly when compared with other areas of the UK,  plans for  bus or road transport museums have never moved forward and have remained dreams of individuals.

With this in mind the Rhymney Valley Transport Preservation Society has put forward its own proposals of the establishment of something that Welshmen everywhere can be proud of , a working transport museum in South East Wales reflecting the rich road transport history of the whole of Wales in the 20th Century.

This exciting new museum will be called the Welsh Transport Heritage Museum

 

At this time, a suitable site has so far not been identified, but what is envisaged is not an old warehouse with closely parked buses in various states of restoration which calls itself a transport museum, there are enough of those already in England ! But we are looking for a suitable site with or without buildings of 5-20 acres that will allow us to establish a truly worthwhile project for both educational and touristic impact on the region.

(PHOTO - left) Simon Roberts shows that our restorations are not simply cosmetic, here replacing lower frame on Leyland Leopard.

An ambitious plan, yes of course, but if you do not have ambition, you have nothing.  So many transport interest groups have outgrown their premises and this has lead to disaster...too many vehicles,  too many projects and simply not enought money or helpers.

We hope that our ambitious plans will be sucessful as they will allow room for growth in the coming decades, for it is true that history never stops, every day it moves forward and we must be ready to move forward too.

In addition to identyfying a suitable site to establish the museum, we have also to make plans for preserving the vehicles that are still in service today, yes even the more modern vehicles that are 10, 15 or 20 years old. We have to identify where they are and who ownes them and make sure that the owners know of our existance. This will hopefully insure that when the time comes for the disposal of these vehicles, that their owners will look to our group and not to a local scrap metal merchant.

If you know of any vehicles of any type with Welsh connections, that are hidden away, possibly preserved, possibly just rusting away in a yard or orchard,  then please send us an email, you might be providing us with important information that could lead to a new exhibit.

 

 

 



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©2005 David Griffiths