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Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
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A real surprise

Perhaps not as polished and slick as some other heritage lines but this line is not just about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John W
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Granddads treat

It was a bit windy up there but took me back over 50years to a ride on a steam train the coach even... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Arthur G
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is located in the heart of the Blaenaon World Heritage Site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. There is ample free car and coach parking at Furnace Sidings, our main station located close to the Garn Lakes. From Furnace Sidings our trains head both north to the Whistle Inn, and south to Blaenavon High Level Station, located above Blaenavon town centre. Since 2011 we also have a separate branch serving Big Pit Halt, adjacent to the Big Pit national mining museum. Whether you're looking for a family day out, or are a devoted railway enthusiast, we have something for you. With free car parking at Furnace sidings, why not combine a visit to Big Pit with a ride on the train? Enjoy a snack in the tea room at Furnace Sidings, or shop in Eric's Emporium (an outpost of The Railway Shop in Blaenavon) stocking a selection of railway models, gifts and souvenirs. Many trains also have a buffet service offering light refreshments.
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33 Broad Street, Blaenavon NP4 9ND, Wales
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps not as polished and slick as some other heritage lines but this line is not just about that. This line has so much going for it including a short branch to the 'Big Pit', a heritage site in it's own right. It is an...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It was a bit windy up there but took me back over 50years to a ride on a steam train the coach even had the don't lean out of the window sign in them days everybody did. There wasn't a lot going on but the...More

Thank Arthur G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

What a great experience! Train and carriages lovely and clean. It was just like going back in time and riding as you would have years and years ago! Great fun!

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

The train is a real gem of the valleys. It carries an element of excitement for children. Good memories for the older generation and a real romantic experience for couples. It’s a great place to visit for every one and if you look on site...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Great day out, the kids really enjoyed it and so did the grandparents! The volunteers who run it are friendly and knowledgeable and a nice little cafe in the station along with some picnic tables provided the weathers favourable.More

Thank EliseMcfive
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Dear Elise, Thank you so much for your kind review! I'm glad that all your family enjoyed their visit - the appeal of heritage railways truly runs across all generations! I'm also pleased that you were very much impressed by our volunteers. They do their...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

My little boy and girl absolutely loved coming for the day!! The changes of engines were my boys favourite part he is obsessed!! Needless to say we have booked for the Santa ride too! See you again 😊More

Thank Katy P
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this review Dear Katy, Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm very glad that both your son and daughter enjoyed their visit to the railway. We all...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

The only 'interesting' part of this is the total shambles of the whole experience. Probably one of the least enjoyable attraction I have ever visited. The staff, the train trip and the poor driving of the train led to a massive disappointment. Normal answer to...More

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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear Flackadder, I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to the railway. From your review, I do wonder if you did visit on the same day as Hazel H below as your comments do very much echo that review. I do...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Stop start...change engine ends...stop start...get off train because you have no choice...get on train.... Ticket office lady needs to learn, and fast, people pay an extortionate amount of money for what is nothing more then a complete shambles and bad drivers. Smile, pass the pay...More

2  Thank Hazel H
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear Hazel, My apologies for the slight delay in response. I'm very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to the railway. I do think, however, it is unfair to brand us a 'shambles'. Firstly, I do apologise that you found the customer service...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We spent about three hours here it was a very nostalgic trip with the smell of the coal burning, when the train stopped at the station children were allowed to go on the train engine and were told how things worked. when you go on...More

Thank Janine S
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Dear Janine, Thank you very much for your review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your day and that our volunteers were helpful and informative to children - at the railway we're always keen to share our enthusiasm and love of steam with all! I'm also...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

It's some years since I visited this preserved railway - then it just ran up the hill to the pub. Now it's part of a bigger attraction and has a branch line to Big pit and a connection to Blaenavon high level and work continues...More

Thank Ken J
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Jamie W, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company Marketing Team at Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Dear Ken, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad that you have seen how we have expanded in recent years and how we are constantly trying to improve the line. However, I am sorry to hear of your negative experience with one of...More

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SVJenkins
8 April 2018|
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Response from bbbmufc | Reviewed this property |
On the day we visited, there were two choices - one was for 5 minutes and the other was 25 minutes (each way)
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jan1956Cardiff
1 August 2017|
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
Check the railways web site but i am sure they are
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