Barry Festival of Transport comes to town

Friday, 9 June 2017

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On Sunday (June 11) the annual Festival of Transport takes place at Barry Island.

The event continues to be one of South Wales’ largest gathering of classic cars and heritage buses.

The free event will run all day from 10am to 5pm and visitors are asked to plan to arrive early.

Mike Taylor, the organising group’s chairman said: “The Barry Festival of Transport is South Wales’ biggest classic car and heritage bus event. The festival will see over 350 cars on display and our most frequent free heritage bus service with departures up to every 10 minutes, so visitors can sample many different types of bus and see why they are all so different.”

It is organised by the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and also has an open day at their restoration base, The Bus Depot, Barry.

At the festival, visitors will have another chance to see recent acquisitions such as the 1933 bus which originally ran in The Rhondda, a 1944 World War II bus from Pontypridd and a very rare Sentinel bus with a very Caerphilly built body.

Visitors can also see restoration progress on current projects including the 1951 Bedwas Machen AEC brought back from South Africa, the last single deck bus built by Bruce in Cardiff in 1951.

Mr Taylor continued: “The numbers of classic and specialist cars visiting is phenomenal, around 260 are at least 18 years old and some go back to 1929. A number of car clubs will be attending this year including Ryland, Glamorgan, the Range Rover, Vale Ford and the Welsh Mini Group among others so there will be some more recent interesting vehicles.

“Along with heritage and modern buses we are looking at over 400 visiting vehicles.

Our part sponsors such as Newtown Motors and Sytner BMW are bringing cutting edge sports or electric cars, so the future can be glimpsed as well.”

The free heritage bus service will be run with buses from over 50 years ago, saloons, double deckers and open top buses, most used to run in the valleys or in Cardiff or Newport but there will be visiting buses giving free rides.

The New Zealand bus owned by Dr Mike Walker and in the group’s care is also set to operate during the festival.

Mr Taylor said “The New Zealand bus ran for the first time in Wales last year, and it was so popular we have arranged to run it again on Sunday. The Festival of Transport has a wide selection of visiting trade stalls. The Barry Tourist Railway is operating and for a fare visitors can get to drive a Sentinel locomotive.

“On the bus side, some local operators are bringing along either special or brand-new vehicles. The classic car display and bus rides are free and thanks goes to support by The Vale Council.”

The Festival of Transport is on Sunday, June 11 and car parking is available at the Barry Dock Offices which will be served by a free shuttle bus.

Photos by Tudor Thomas.

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