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Southwales Map

There was a time when the South Wales valleys were crisscrossed with hundreds of railway tracks. These have virtually all been swept away, leaving, if you are lucky, a two-coach Pacer screeching its lonely way up and down a single track.

The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, or Blaenavon Heritage Railway as it seems to be styling itself these days, has gone some way to give an impression of how things were, having restored some of the many sidings and crossing lines around its headquarters at Furnace Sidings.

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Map

From there, trains run along two miles of the old main line between Whistle Inn Halt and Blaenavon (High Level), and up a short branch to the Big Pit mining museum. For further information, please see the official site detailed below.

With such a short line, it is inevitably a railway that appeals more to the enthusiast than to the general public. However it can claim a number of unique features: