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Travel behind a vintage steam locomotive in one of our all-weather observation coaches and admire the beautiful views of the welsh countryside.
Located just off the heads of the valley road, about 3 miles north of merthyr tydfil. Follow the mountain railway signs from the a470 and a465.
Brecon Mountain Railway was built on part of the abandoned Brecon and Merthyr Railway which was originally built in 1859 and finally closed in 1964. The railway re-opened to passengers in 1980 using sybil, 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotive to haul one carriage and using a small shed as the booking office. Between 1982 and 1996 the station and workshop you see today in pant were built. Outside the station the large free car park is on the original site of the former Brecon & Merthyr railway line into dowlais. 80 feet below is the old l&nwr tunnel which closed in 1958, its three ventialtion shafts (pepper pots) can still be seen lining the car park. The railway was extended to Dolygaer in 1995 and in april 2014 extended further again and now reaches torpantau high in the Becon beacons, making it a 10 mile round journey taking in beautiful scenery.
After departing from our main station at pant, the locomotive travels past pontsticill station where it then runs alongside the taf fechan reservoir with its stunning views. The railway then climbs steeply to Torpantau, high in the Brecon beacons where the train stops for a short time before returns back to our station at Pontsticill. The train stops here long enough for you to visit the small steam museum, lakeside café, childrens play area or just to enjoy the views. there are leisurley walks around the reserviour which you are able to enjoy by returning on a later train.
On your return to pant station you can view our workshops where old steam locomotives are restored and new ones being built, make a visit to our little gift shop where we have many gifts ideas and mementos of your day. enjoy some light refreshments in our licensed tearooms, a perfect end to the day.
We have facilitiies for disabled passengers including ramps, toilets and a carriage designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
All dogs are welcome to join you on the train for a small charge.
We have reduced fares for large groups and school parties.
There are special events running throughout the year including easter bunny and our very popular santa special trains where you travel by steam train to meet father christmas at his grotto.
if you haven’t been before then please come and enjoy the sights and sounds of days gone by.
PHOTOS BY: Juliet Eden
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