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On 29 Sept 2012
a Red&White event was held at the Old Ferry Inn, Beachley
(near Chepstow).

Preserved vehicles present included (from L to R):

Bristol MW-6G
(JAX 117E)

Bristol RELH-6L
(OAX 9F)

Bristol MW-6G
(SWO 986)

Bristol RESL-6L
(LAX 101E)

Red&White depot list 1967

Above is the page 1 of the 1968 RED & WHITE 'Official Timetable'.
It lists all their depots and offices. Sadly, today none of these exist. The last depot at Brynmawr closed in 2015.

RC968 fleet no

Unique fleet numbering system

From 1951 RED & WHITE used a unique alpha-numeric numbering system. It was really ingenious, but requires some explaination. First there was the vehicle letter. For single deckers the codes were:-

  • S = Single deck bus;
  • C = Coach;
  • U = Underfloor engined bus;
  • UC = Underfloor engined Coach;
  • R = Rear engined bus;
  • RS = Rear engined Short bus;
  • RC = Rear engined Coach (Ruby is one of these);
  • RD = Rear engined Dual-purpose.
    • Then the last two numbers represented the year that the vehicle was new. In Ruby's case the '68' stands for the year 1968.

      The number between the letter(s) and year indicated the vehicles' sequence in deliveries that year. So Ruby was the 9th Rear-engined Coach delivered in 1968 hence: RC.968. Easy when you know!

LAX 124F CBS 1969

Route 73 was one of the longer bus services operated by RED & WHITE.

It ran from Cardiff Central Bus Station to Gloucester Bus Station, mainly via the A48, through Rhymney, Newport, Caldicot, Chepstow, Lydney, Blakeney and Westbury-on-Severn.
In 1969 (when the picture above) was taken in Cardiff Central Bus Station, the service ran daily, every hour and took 2hours 45 minutes, to travel the 59 miles.

What a fantastic trip on a Bristol RELL powered by a Leyland O.600 diesel engine!

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