My stepfather worked on the buses for about 26 yrs. He was known as CJ. Does anyone remember the bus outings, as a child I remember going to porthcawl with a convoy of about 26 red double decker buses. Had a brilliant time, we all used to have a envelope with money in..I know there are a lot of people who would remember CJ.Morgan..
I remember the double decker busses I remember the bus stop being were the castle hotel is now , and the cafe that was on the other side , i remember cafes on the street and going upstairs for faggots and peas , it was a treat to have them then very rare we went to town but when we did it was a sort of outing for us, at the age of 15 or 16 I remember going to a cafe where the courts are now it was all streets then we all used to congregate in this cafe and also a cafe in pendarren it is all pulled down now , and how many people remember the Palace Dance hall remember Tom Jones singing there with his group cant remember thier names now though yes it was a different town then and I must say a nicer place to live,
My cousin Adrian lived opposite the Cosy Cinema in Penydarren where buses to town had a stop. Those going to Dowlais Bush stopped outside Harry Evans store, so it was easy for us to use the service. One very wet Saturday evening we decided to ride in the front seat upstairs and for a penny I think we did about six journeys in the same seats Exciting times eh?
I have just been reminded of another adventure with my Cousin Adrian and the topic of the double decker buses.The old bus garage was down at Ynysfach and on Sundays services started after 2pm We sat on some large stone slabs opposite the exit which I believe were parts of stonework of the old Glamorgan canal, We were witness to two different forms of transport but didn't realise it. The buses were nearly all Bristols that had a top - heavy look about them, but they were fine vehicles. Over a period of time I recall others in the fleet such as Fodens, Daimlers ( they had wooden slatted seats and I think came from Coventry) a single deck Dennis and several Bedfords and several Leylands, one of which was kept specifically for the Cardiff run and always well turned out it seemed to me.