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Bedwas and Machen's final double-decker was their first that was thirty-feet long, one reason for which may have been the service reorganisations which saw the buses of the little fleet (never bigger than seven) participating in the thirty mile long service from Newport to Rhymney Bridge along with Gelligaer UDC, Western Welsh and Red and White. 6, PAX466F, was even more unusual as it was a lowbridge bus, a Massey-bodied PD3 new in 1967 and the last bus built to this configuration.
It was also transferred to Caerphilly following the closure of the Bedwas garage and from there continued to work the Newport to Rhymney Bridge service as well as the equally lengthy Cardiff to Tredegar service. A nice touch was the repaint back into Bedwas livery in 1981 and it is seen in Caerphilly bus station in June 1981 along with a Rhymney Valley Leopard with East Lancs body, a similar chassis with Willowbrook body new to Caerphilly UDC and an East Lancs-bodied Bristol VRT. After spending some years in the ownership of Julian Peddle and in the livery of Stevenson's it was restored to Bedwas livery again in 2013 by the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Tuesday 30 June 1981, Caerphilly Bus Station
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