This line is the highest and steepest in the country, climbing through a wild and dramatic moorland landscape under the brooding Coity mountain in Blaenavon. Look out for sheep, mountain horses, the peregrine falcon and hen harrier, and even the rare red kite ...and more sheep! For the butterfly fanatic, the incredibly rare Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary is known to make occasional appearances.
A single round trip takes rather less than seventeen minutes, but subject to the needs of other passengers, holders of ordinary return tickets may take unlimited travel on the day their ticket is issued, breaking their journey as many times as they wish.
Garn Lakes are within five minutes walk and make an ideal spot for a gentle walk or a picnic after a ride on the train..
Trains run every Sunday and most Saturdays from Easter till the end of September. If you want to talk to us about trains then regular days are the time to come! Trains run every day for the last week in August. Services are worked by Diesel Locomotive or Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) .
We can sometimes offer charter trains, and other services - please call us. We welcome enquiries from school parties for travel during the weeks before Christmas.
For Easter until early October 2007...
Furnace - Whistle Inn
1130 - 1140
1200 - 1210
1230 - 1240
1300 - 1310
1330 - 1340
1400 - 1410
1430 - 1440
1500 - 1510
1530 - 1540
1600 - 1610
1630 - 1640
A more intensive timetable is run for some events
Furnace Sidings to Whistle Inn (Return)
(generally unlimited travel on day of issue)
Adult £2.50 Child £1.50 Family £6.50
(Fares may differ for Special Events)
Family tickets are for 2 adults + 2 children
Children of three years old and under are carried free
Young people aged 14 and over are carried at full fare
Single journey tickets also available
There is ample free parking for both cars and coaches.
Tickets are usually available from both stations.
Most trains can provide drinks and light refreshments.
The Whistle Inn at the northern end of the line provides restaurant facilities, a beer garden and children's playground on Sundays and some bank holidays .
The railway is situated just off the B4248 between Blaenavon and Brynmawr, and is well signposted as you approach Blaenavon. Use Junction 25a if you are coming on the M4 from the east, or Junction 26 if you are coming from the west, (both junctions are clearly signposted}. Head for Cwmbran and pick up the signs for Pontypool or Big Pit
From the Midlands use M50, then A40, and A465 to Brynmawr. If you are travelling from North and West Wales consider using the "Heads of the Valley's" A465 to Brynmawr. As you approach us, just look out for the old colliery water tower, and you can't miss us!