We're very sorry that many of you were unable to get tickets.


Over the last week several of our social media posts got over 20,000 engagements and as soon as tickets went on sale they immediately sold out. Even our admin volunteers were unable to access the page to monitor the situation.

Sadly, due to our limited resources and the extreme demand shown for the event, we cannot offer a reserve list. 


We regret any disappointment caused. We're just a small team of unpaid volunteers trying to do our best with the limited resources that we have and thank you for your understanding.

Join Santa this Christmas for a steam-hauled journey 

through the Blaenavon World Heritage Site!


Board the train at our festively decorated Furnace Sidings station before making yourself comfortable in your own private compartment. Santa will visit each in turn during the journey, handing out a gift for each child. Our elves will also be passing through the train, providing children with a small helping of juice, whilst adults will be treated to a mince pie and sherry/non-alcoholic alternative.

  • A steam-hauled* return journey from Furnace Sidings via Blaenavon High Level and Whistle Inn Halt.

  • A visit from Santa whilst travelling aboard the train.

  • A gift for each child.

  • Complimentary juice for children and a mince pie and sherry/non-alcoholic alternative for adults.

*Although all trains are booked to be hauled by a steam locomotive, we reserve the right to substitute this with a diesel locomotive if circumstances dictate.


In 2021 our Steam Santa Special Trains will operate on the following dates:

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December.

Services will depart Furnace Sidings (directions) at:

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15 on each day.

Please be aware that it is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the correct date and time is selected at the time of booking. We have a very limited capacity, and to ensure that everyone has the fairest chance of obtaining tickets at their desired time and date, we cannot offer exchanges.


Prices begin at £50* for a compartment/accessible space, which includes up to four people within this initial amount. Additional passengers can be purchased at a rate of  £12.50* for adults/children aged over three or £5* for children aged 0 - 2. Please be aware that each compartment can accommodate a maximum of 8 seated people. An extra 4 0 - 2-year-olds may also travel if they can be safely accommodated on an adult's lap.

Each ticket is valid for ONE round trip from Furnace Sidings via Blaenavon High Level and Whistle Inn Halt at the booked departure date and time. 

*Stated prices exclude the booking fee paid to our ticketing provider, TicketSource.


Tickets will be available throughout our official ticketing provider TicketSource from 8 pm on Monday 8th November 2021. Visit to purchase yours.


Railway volunteers enjoy early access - please see our Volunteers Facebook group or contact us for further information.

All tickets must be purchased directly through our TicketSource account. Please be aware that due to limited volunteer resources, we regret that we cannot currently offer a phone booking service for this event.


  • Do not attend the railway if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are required to self-isolate - please contact us to discuss your booking.

  • All visitors aged 11 and over must wear a face-covering inside our station buildings and whilst travelling aboard our trains - this is the law in Wales. 

  • Face-coverings may be removed when seated inside your private compartment, but please keep Santa and his elves safe by wearing them when they visit you.

  • At the time of writing (5th November 2021) COVID-19 passes are not required to attend the event. However, this may change following any further Welsh Government extension of their usage, and this would be entirely outside the control of our volunteers. 

Further information on our COVID-19 safety measures is available here


Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below first before contacting us. If you still require further information then use the contact form available. Our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please be aware that the availability of all goods and services advertised above is subject to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of travel. The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Limited also reserves the right to modify or cancel advertised services as circumstances dictate.