Passing the picturesque Garn Lakes, Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway travels through the imposing Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, at the highest altitude of any standard gauged preserved railway in England and Wales.
The Heritage Railway is enjoyed by everybody. As well having a number of steam and diesel rolling stock and locomotives, a wide range of family friendly events are organised throughout the year. The highlight of the calendar is the ‘Santa Special’ service held in December, taking families on a train ride to Santa’s Grotto, at ‘The Whistle’ Public House.
The railway has been well preserved and maintained thanks to the efforts of the dedicated railway enthusiasts. These are exciting times for the railway as the line was opened to Blaenavon High Level Station in May 2010, more than doubling the length of the track, and it is planned to open the line to Big Pit in 2011. The volunteers also run the Railway Shop in the centre of Blaenavon. A copy of the timetable is available to download here. Details of events are always on their website.