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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND , Wales
+44 1495 792263
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Blaenavon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is... more » Owner description: Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is ample free car and coach parking at Furnace Sidings, our main station located close to the Garn Lakes. From Furnace Sidings our trains head both north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station, located a short walk from Blaenavon town centre. Since 2011 we also have a separate branch serving Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit national mining museum. Whether you're looking for a family day out, or are a devoted railway enthusiast, we have something for you. With free car parking at Furnace sidings, why not combine a visit to Big Pit with a ride on the train? Enjoy a snack in the tea room at Furnace Sidings, or shop in Eric's Emporium (an outpost of The Railway Shop in Blaenavon) stocking a selection of railway models, gifts and souvenirs. Many trains also have a buffet service offering light refreshments. Trains leave Furnace Sidings every half hour with the four mile round trip taking around 50 minutes.After paying once your tickets are then valid for the remainder of the day. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Amazing railway to visit. I went 5 years ago and it just went to the whistle. I went again this year and they have opened the line to Blaenavon High Level and to Big Pit. You can walk the line on the cycle track which is next to the railway line. They hope to extend to Waenavon and to varteg... More

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The railway, which seems to be a purely volunteer line, has very limited opening. I knew this when I went (I was really visiting "Big Pit") but i had a look round parts of it & met a friendly volunteer who was doing some tidying and who told me the railway had a shop/office in Blaenavon. I went there, was... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There are three stations which the train visits. I had a day pass for a family of 5 which cost £12 with a promotional voucher. The train left a little bit late due to lots of small kids needing the toilet. The train set off and reached destination 1 after about four minutes - here it waited about ten minutes.... More

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your day at the railway. Regarding the long sitting around in the stations, I presume destination one was the Whistle Inn, and in that case, the ten minute waiting around does seem excessive. At other stations we have to wait around not only for passengers, but for the route to be correctly... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Travelled here looking forward to a steam train ride! There was a fun weekend, and events planned, but the train was going to be 45 minutes with travel up to a closed pub, and then back down the road for only two miles. A bit of disappointment! Cost is £7 per adult!

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello Angela, It sounds like you visited on the Saturday of the Family Fun Weekend? If this is correct, then can I please issue an apology on behalf of the railway regarding the service that day. For reasons that are currently under investigation by the railway, the service was cancelled to Big Pit that day. We are currently investigation why... More

Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a good time with our Grandson on Family Day. A particular "thank you" to the ladies in the cafe for helping with the train set.

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your review! I'm glad you and your grandson enjoyed yourselves at the railway; and I'll pass on your comments to the tea-room team about their help! Hopefully we'll see you again soon! Regards, Jamie More

Tredegar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The staff here are all amazing, my elderly disable father had a great time the staff made his day. There was one carriage with a wider door so they had ramp and helped us get wheelchair just inside the door,once inside dad managed to stand holding on to the carriage wall and found a seat, he enjoyed his day. we... More

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your comments about our volunteers! Despite the carriages being at least 50 years old at a minimum, we'll always do our best to accommodate disable visitors, and I'm glad the volunteers were so helpful for you and your father! Regarding the carriage, I assume it's one of our Vintage Saloon coaches. Like you I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Took my 2yr old grandson on the steam train, wonderful experience lovely friendly people, will certainly be going there again.

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your kind comments! We are glad that you both enjoyed yourselves on your day, and in particular that your grandson enjoyed himself. Ultimately, with all us being volunteers, it will be people like him operating the railway in the future; and indeed, many of us at the railway developed our love for steam and... More

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Amazing...very good trip back in time on this super steam train. You can use your ticket all day jump on -off. friendly staff. We were lucky had entertainment at Blenavon station celebrating WW2.

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your kind response, and we are very glad that you enjoyed your day! Our WWII War Weekend is held yearly in July, and we aim to have something new (or should that be old?) every year; as well as the other events we hold throughout the year . Hopefully we will see you again... More

Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was our second visit after the enjoyable special anniversary day last year. My mum enjoyed hearing the music that she knew from her teens, as well as the steam train ride, and there were lots of people in costume playing along with the wartime theme as well as displays relating to the '40s. Entry and train prices were very... More

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Hello Chris, I'm glad that you all enjoyed your return visit to the railway, and it's nice to hear that the music brought back memories for your mother! We now hold our War Weekend every year, and we are always looking for new things to add each year, so hopefully we'll see you there for the event next year, if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

All who went on the Santa steam train enjoyed themselves. The little girl we took [who was my granddaughters friend] really enjoyed the train ride and loved Santa and her present, Only disappointment was that our little granddaughter could not come as she was ill. Still she got her present from Santa. Santa look so real and well dressed. My... More

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Society at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! I'm glad your granddaughter's friend and your daughter enjoyed the day, though I'm sorry to hear that your granddaughter wasn't well enough to visit. We try not to make it too cramped at the Whistle Inn by limiting the amount of people who can visit Santa at one time; however, we are limited... More

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