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This photo captures a scene in transition. National Welsh R3671, YWO691K, had been in the Jones Aberbeeg fleet and carried the unusual NBC blue livery - it was new as R.671J and had been delivered as YWO691J but was changed before entering service.
The chassis had been one of a cancelled order for ten by Western Welsh. New in the traditional Jones livery with cream lower panels and blue windows and roof, it received NBC livery in July 1973. It was renumbered R671 in September 1974 and in October 1975 became R3671. Repainted in NBC poppy red not longer after this photograph, it was withdrawn in 1983 having been renumbered again in January of that year as R1353.
National Welsh had been carrying out a series of MAP (Market Analysis Project) service revisions, reviewing one area at a time. On 26th October 1980 the Gwent Vales MAP scheme was introduced and as part of this the Jones services were integrated into a revised network, a change that also saw the end of bus service operation from the Warm Turn depot. R3671 was transferred to Tredegar depot and is seen here on Castle Street, Caerphilly working the long service from Newport to Merthyr Tydfil or Tredegar in a location not previously regularly visited by buses in this blue livery. The Gwent-Vales markings can just be made out above the cab window. Heading the other way is Rhymney Valley 34, GTX734C), a former Caerphilly Massey-bodied PD3.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Friday 21 November 1980, Castle Street, Caerphilly
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