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This caught me by surprise and I didn't know at the time what it was working. I assumed it was perhaps a feeder service to the X84 Aberdare to Birmingham service. However, as I was to find out to my delight the following day when I was returning home via Birmingham, it was working all the way and was treated to a glorious ride in a very comfortable and musical coach. RD1339, SAX1G, was a Bristol RELH6L with ECW C47F body that was new as Red & White RC1.69.
My delight was compounded just over a year later when a group of us went on an evening drive and the same coach pulled up outside my house with an empty seat and an offer to drive! A friend had bought it for preservation - it has since moved on but is still with us, although inactive.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Saturday 9 July 1983, Cardiff Road, Aberaman
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