Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Southeast Wales

Built to haul coal and passengers, this railway has been restored by local volunteers, allowing you to catch a train from the town centre to Furnace Sidings (near Big Pit) and on to Whistle Halt, which at 396m is one of the highest stations in Britain. Check online for running days and times, most of which involve restored steam locomotives.

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