We are delighted to announce the launch of the long-awaited, first-ever book about the Rhondda Transport Company.
Its trams liberated the people of the Rhondda valleys, its trolleybus system was a complete disaster, but then came motorbuses and with them a revolution in the way Rhondda people travelled. They took them further and faster in comfort. Rhondda Transport operated under the shadow of its much larger stablemate Western Welsh, but had a proud identity all of its own. The company played a big part in the war effort. The mines and factories of the valleys could only operate with people and it was the Rhondda Transport Company that took them to work and returned them safely home again.
This is the first ever book about the company and it focuses not simply on the buses, but on the people involved, from the engineering staff to the crews, right up to the general managers. It charts the trials and tribulations, examines the vehicles operated and routes they ran on, alongside a wonderful list of colourful memories. There is information on the companies that followed Rhondda Transport right up to the present day.
This is not just a book about buses, it charts an adventurous chapter in the fascinating social life of the Rhondda valleys. It is the third in the much praised Bryngold Books trilogy of major South Wales bus operators. Check out the Western Welsh book, Red, Cream and a Touch of Grey, along with Return Ticket, The Story of South Wales Transport elsewhere on this site.
Remembering Rhondda — The bus company that helped win a war,
by Jonathan Isaacs; Casebound, A4,176pp, Full colour, £30.