We are pleased to announce that we now reopen to the public!
To aid with social distancing, we’ve made a few changes to our usual operation and planned timetable.
Trains will run on the following dates:
Saturday 29th August [Steam: ‘Rosyth’]
Sunday 30th August [Steam: ‘Rosyth’]
Monday 31st August [Steam: ‘Rosyth’]
Saturday 5th September [Steam: ‘Rosyth’]
Saturday 12th September [Steam: ‘Rosyth’]
Saturday 19th September [Steam: ‘Jessie’]
Saturday 26th September [Steam: ‘Jessie’]
There will be three departures a day from Furnace Sidings operating to the following timetable:
Furnace Sidings dep:
Whistle Inn arr:
Whistle Inn dep:
Coed Avon arr:
Coed Avon dep:
Blaenavon High Level arr:
Blaenavon High Level dep:
Furnace Sidings arr:
All passengers must board the train at Furnace Sidings station. Customers are advised to arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to the advertised departure time. A short queueing system will be in place, and visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Please aware that trains will not be serving Big Pit Halt, and visitors to the National Coal Museum of Wales are requested to access this via alternative ways.
All tickets MUST be booked in advance via
To facilitate social distancing, all tickets will be issued on a per-compartment/accessible space basis for a flat fare of £32.
Our compartments can accommodate between 6 – 8 people.
In line with new restrictions on people meeting indoors in Wales, from Monday 14th September 2020 bookings for 7 - 8 people will only be permitted if two or more group members are children under the age of 11.
Therefore, a group of 7 must include 1 member under the age of 11, and a group of 8 must include 2; with all adults from the same extended household.
Tickets will be valid for ONE round trip from Furnace Sidings to Furnace Sidings only.
We regret that our ‘Buy Once Ride All Day’ policy is suspended until further notice.
By booking a ticket with us, you consent to us retaining your contact information as part of our obligations to the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy.
CLEANLINESS, HYGIENE AND FACE COVERINGS:
We've introduced new hand santiser stations around the railway, and we encourage you to make regular use of them.
All door handles will be sanitised between every service.
From Monday 14th September 2020 people in Wales MUST wear a face-covering in indoor public spaces.
This includes in our station buildings (including our tearoom and gift shop), and at The Railway Shop in Blaenavon.
The Welsh Government has made wearing face-covering on public transport mandatory in Wales.
Although we are a heritage railway, legally we are still classed as a public transport provider under these regulations.
In line with these laws, please wear a face-covering or mask when in carriage corridors. These then may be removed whilst your compartment. Please ensure that your mask is replaced when leaving the compartment.
Exemptions apply to children under 11 and those who are unable to wear a face-covering because of a medical condition or disability.
DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE RAILWAY IF YOU ARE ILL/EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. STAY AT HOME, FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE AND CONTACT US TO CANCEL OR REARRANGE YOUR BOOKING.
To help maintain social distancing, please arrive at Furnace Sidings around 15 - 30 minutes before your booked train time.
We regret that Big Pit Halt will remain closed until further notice.
Although trains will run to Whistle Inn Halt as part of the journey, it will not be possible to alight here. Intending patrons for the Whistle Inn public house must make their own way to and from the venue.
At Blaenavon High Level you may alight to stretch your legs and watch the locomotive run around its train. If you do so, please ensure that you maintain a 2-metre distance from others at all times. To help maintain a safe distance, you may wish to use space in the immediate station area. If so, please ensure that you are considerate to our neighbours, especially users of the Pontypool – Blaenavon National Cycle Route.
Toilets will be available at Furnace Sidings and Blaenavon High Level. Please be aware that we will be limiting the numbers able to use them at any time.
The Fireman's Shovel tearoom will be open serving a range of refreshments and treats.
Eric's Emporium will be open stocking a range of souvenirs and gifts to commemorate your visit.
The Railway Shop in Blaenavon town centre is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays – find out more.
NHS WALES TEST, TRACE, PROTECT SCHEME
We are proud to support the NHS Wales Test, Trace Protect service in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
We will collect and maintain records of visitors to our premises for a period of no more than 21 days from the date of their visit.
This data is being collected in the interests of protecting the NHS in Wales and saving lives, and will only be used for this purpose.
It is compulsory that we collect this data under regulation 12 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Regulations) (No.2) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
For further information on how we use this data, contact
Please be aware that the above terms and conditions are subject to continuous review. They may be altered to comply with official legislation and guidance at any time and without prior warning.
Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway
The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Ltd.
Last updated: 11/09/2020
First published: 20/03/2020