I took a couple of photos of the two buses that were out for the Stars of Steam event and dig a bit of digging on their history. The Bristol from Welkom is very interesting as the last survivor of some 100 or so exported to South Africa just after World War 2. However, the other single decker far from its original home in the Welsh Valleys also intrigued me as its original owner - Bedwas & Machen Urban District Council was a very small operator and only ever had a handful of buses.
The reason I am writing is that in my earlier life before focusing on steam, I did have quite an interest in buses and I knew that somewhere in my collection I had a photo of a Bedwas & Machen vehicle. This is the only photo I have from this operator and when I dug it out over the weekend, I discovered that it was No. 7 - the very same bus that you now have at Sandstone - quite a coincidence.
I took this photo (age 13) in Caerphilly in March 1969 with my first slide camera - a Kodak Instamatic. The result is surprisingly acceptable, may be due in part to using Kodachrome film !! I also attach the photo of No. 7 taken on May 5 this year.
Interestingly a quick web search of Bedwas & Machen found another recently restored vehicle
May be, the next time No. 7 needs some paint, the blue and cream scheme would look nice.
Article by John Nicholas Middleton