This collection features services that were advertised but did not run on a daily or even regular basis.
In September 1956 a service was introduced to the hamlet of Groeswen. This was a rail replacement service following the closure of the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway. It was initially operated for an eight week experimental period on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, but from 13th November 1956 it was reduced to one trip per week and doesn’t seem to have continued much longer.
One irregular service was the Sardis Road car park shuttle, which seems to have only run for a few days in the period before Christmas for a few years in the late seventies/early eighties. It was first operated with a Ford Transit hired from Rhymney Valley.
A service to Bristol was operated on Saturdays for some time and generally operated with double-deckers. This seems to have taken advantage of the relaxation in licensing of express services that took place from 1980.
Following deregulation a number of different services were operated outside the normal operating area. Some of these at least would have been tendered services. From 26th October 1986 these were:
- Pontypridd to Talbot Green
- Beddau (Gwaunmiskin) to Cardiff
- Porth to Coedely
- Tonypandy to Gilfach Goch
- Cardiff to Tonypandy via Talbot Green
This aspect of the operation is not well documented and needs further research.
© David Beilby