2021 SERVICES

STEAM TRAINS ON WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER

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TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME
from only £6.29 per person*

Join us on weekends throughout September for a steam-hauled trip back in time through the Blaenavon World Heritage Site! In addition to our regular steam services, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September sees the return of our Annual Steam Gala for the first time since 2019. Find out more about this event here!

regular running day information
applies september 4th,5th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th.  

TICKETS:

  • Tickets are on sale now!

  • Where possible, please prebook tickets in advance with our ticketing provider TicketSource to guarantee a space.

  • Two ticket options are available: private compartments for up to 8 people (ideal for family/household visits), and distanced seating in our 'open'* carriages (suitable for smaller groups).

  • Each compartment will cost £35 for up to six people with additional adults/children over three costing £5 each up to a maximum of 8 people.

  • DIFFERENT FARES APPLY DURING OUR ANNUAL STEAM GALA - PLEASE SEE THE EVENT PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

  • Socially distanced seating in our open carriages will cost £20 for up to two people, with additional adults/children over three costing £5 per person up a maximum of 4 people per seating bay. 

  • A transfer/refund system will be in place for those passengers who are required to self-isolate following their booking - please contact us for further information. 

  • Passengers are required to follow current Welsh Government guidelines on meeting other people when booking.

DATES AND TIMES:

  • Services will operate on Saturdays and Sundays throughout September.

  • Trains will depart from our main station at Furnace Sidings three times daily at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00 (directions).

  • Additional services may run depending upon demand for prebooked tickets only.

  • A specially enhanced timetable operates during our Annual Steam Gala - please see the event page for further information.

  • Please arrive at Furnace Sidings in good time for your booked train.

  • Each round trip for approximately 55 minutes, inclusive of a 15-minute wait at Blaenavon High Level whilst the locomotive runs around.

FACILITIES:

  • Toilets (including accessible facilities) are available at Furnace Sidings station.

  • The Fireman's Shovel tearoom will be open for refreshments, serving a range of hot and cold drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweet treats.

  • Eric's Emporium will be open with capacity limits in place.

  • To help maintain social distancing queuing systems may be in place at the above locations and throughout the railway. Please be respectful of your fellow visitors and our volunteers at all times. 

  • Due to ongoing station improvement works, passengers alighting at Whistle Inn Halt should be aware of uneven surfaces and take extra care whilst at this station.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES

HERITAGE experiences:

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to book in advance?


Where possible, we strongly advise that tickets are booked in advance to guarantee travel.




Why are you charging a minimum fare of £35 per compartment/accessible space?


The £35 minimum fare reflects the capacity of our compartments. Please be aware that online bookings include an additional non-refundable £2.50 booking fee paid to our ticketing provider, TicketSource.




How many people can fit in a compartment?


Up to 8 people. For comfort, we recommend no more than 4-5 adults and 2-3 small children per compartment. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that your booking complies with any Welsh Government restrictions on meeting people at the time.




How will my tickets be delivered?


By email. Once you have completed your order you will receive a confirmation email containing your tickets. Simply scan them on the contactless scanning device in the booking hall upon your arrival.




Are you pre-allocating specific compartments?


No. When you arrive at Furnace Sidings there will be a short queue for you to join before taking an available compartment. All are standard class and the glass doors separating the compartments from the corridors allow you to see the scenery on both sides.




Is my ticket valid all day?


No. At present all tickets are valid for ONE round trip from Furnace Sidings to Furnace Sidings only. We regret that our Pay Once, Ride All Day policy is suspended until further notice.




I am travelling on my own or in a smaller group. Can I get a discount?


Unfortunately not. Due to the need to manage visitor numbers whilst adapting to the increased cost of our operation, we are unable to offer any discounts at the current time.




If I miss my booked train will I be able to catch a later one?


It depends on available space. Although we will try our best to reseat you on a later service if possible, we cannot guarantee this. We advise that you arrive approximately 15-30 minutes before your scheduled departure to prevent missing your train.




Where do I board the train?


Furnace Sidings. At present all passengers must begin and complete their journey at Furance Sidings.




Can I start or end my journey at another station?


Passengers can begin/end their journey at either Blaenavon High Level or Whistle Inn Halt by prior arrangement.




How long does the journey take?


50 minutes. The journey will last for approximately 50 minutes from departing Furance Sidings to your arrival back at the station.




Do I have to wear a face covering?


In line with current Welsh Government regulations, passengers aged 11 and over are required to wear face covering across many areas of our railway. Indoor spaces: It is currently mandatory to wear face coverings whilst in indoor public spaces in Wales. Station platforms: Welsh legislation currently requires the public to wear face coverings whilst on station platforms. Carriage corridors: Passengers must wear a face covering whilst in carriage corridors, ensuring that they maintain a 2 metre social distance from others wherever possible. Private compartments: If you are travelling only with your household/support bubble, then you may remove your mask/covering whilst inside your private compartment. Please remember to replace your face covering upon leaving the compartment, taking any used items with you. Socially distanced 'open' carriages: Face coverings must be worn at all times in line with Welsh Government legislation. Exemptions: Exemptions apply to children aged under 11 and those who are unable to wear a face covering because of a health condition or disability.




Can I alight at Whistle Inn/Blaenavon High Level?


Yes. Passengers may alight at either Whistle Inn Halt or Blaenavon High Level. There is a 15 minute wait at Blaenavon High Level whilst the locomotive runs around, and passengers are welcome to venture onto the platform to watch this take place. Please ensure that you maintain social distancing at all times whilst doing so.




Are trains serving Big Pit Halt?


Yes! From Monday 9th August 2021 trains will once again serve Big Pit Halt. Please be aware that the Big Pit National Coal Museum is operated by the National Museum of Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru, and the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Limited can accept no responsibility for this attraction.




Will the tearoom and giftshop be open?


The Firemans Shovel Tearoom: Yes! The tea-room will be open to serve hot and cold drinks, ice-cream and light snacks such as cakes. Eric's Emporium giftshop: Yes! Eric's Emporium will be open stocking a range of gifts, toys and souvenirs.




Are the toilets open?


Yes. However, please be aware that space is limited, and you may have to join a short queue before using them.




Can I wait inside the station before my train?


In the immediate station area. Due to the relatively confined nature of the station building, we ask those waiting around and purchasing refreshements from the tearoom to do so outside. This will help us to maintain social distancing.




Can I bring a picnic?


Yes. We have benches located around the Furnace Sidings station site. Feel free to use these for your picnic, ensuring that your group maintains a safe social distance from others at all time. Please dispose of any litter in the bins provided, or take it home with you.




Can I bring my dog?


Yes! Well-behaved dogs are welcome and travel for free. Just please keep them off the seats - dog hair isn't easy to get out of our heritage upholstery!




What do your compartments look like?


The image depicts a typical compartment in our 1950s British Railways carriages.




What do your socially distanced 'open' carriages look like?


The images shows the interior of our main 1950s British Railways 'open' carriage. Alternative bays will be out of use to increase space between households. Please be aware that Welsh Government regulations currently require passengers aged 11 and over to wear face coverings in these vechiles at all times unless medically exempt.




How many passengers are included in the ticket price?


Compartments: Our compartment carriages include 5 people in the standard £35 flat rate, with additional passengers charged £5 each up to a maximum of 8 people. Open carriages: Seating in our open carraiges includes up to 2 people in the standard £20 fare, with additional passengers charged at a rate of £5 each.