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Rhondda 474, 474UNY was a AEC Regent V 2MD3RA with Northern Counties H37/28F body new in January 1964, the sixth of a batch of ten delivered in that month and the previous one.
It was nominally Western Welsh 474 wef 1 January 1971 but the new masters in Cardiff wisely left many fleetnames unchanged as what we would now call "branding" initially. 474 later became H664, lasting until July 1977 and is seen at Ystrad Rhondda, about one third of the way into its journey from Blaenrhondda to Ponlypridd via Porth on the trunk 520 route.
Alighting here wasn't chance, I later took Red & White DAX625C on the very hilly 172 route to the then mecca of Aberdare for the second time that day. The Rhondda Fach and Rhondda Fawr were very important in my family mythology, being one eighth Davis (Dafys) with greatgrandfather recalled well in exile in Middlesbrough. Only later did the more scientific approach of my late mother trace roots to Newport, Mon!
Photo taken by Alan N Walker, Tuesday 13 April 1971, Ystrad Rhondda
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