Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway






Dates

16/07/1866[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Act passed, backed by the [London and North Western Railway].
  /  /1869[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Incorporated into the [London and North Western Railway].
01/11/1869[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Opened to Blaenavon for freight.
01/01/1870[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Opened to Blaenavon for passengers.
20/03/1871[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Waenavon opened as a blockpost, telegraph and staff station.
01/09/1871[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Waenavon opened to passengers.
  /  /1877[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Extended south to Abersychan and Talywain station and Varteg Hill Colliery. A branch from Garndiffaith Junction ran to Golynos Junction on the [Great Western Railway]s Cwmffrwd Branch.
01/05/1878[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Abersychan and Talywain opened
01/05/1878[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Extension to Abersychan and Talwain opened to passengers. Track in the station was jointly owned by the [London and North Western Railway] and the [Great Western Railway] as the line met its [Talwain Branch] here.
  /  /1881[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Engine shed opened at Blaenavon.
  /  /1939[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
After closure of the [Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch] Waenavon (1,400 feet) becomes the highest station on the [London Midland and Scottish Railway].
05/05/1941[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Abersychan and Talywain closed
05/05/1941[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Closed to passengers
05/09/1942[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Blaenavon engine shed closed.
  /  /1950[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Blaenavon renamed Blaenavon High Level.
  /  /1953[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Furnace siding to Brynmawr closed to through freight.
  /  /1954[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Waenavon closed to freight.
  /  /1961[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Furnace sidings to Brynmawr lifted.
  /  /1965[Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway]
Abersychan and Talywain closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.






Scene on the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway on 12 September 2015, with ex-GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank 6435 about to depart with a train from Furnace ...
Peter Todd 12/09/2015
A recently installed plaque celebrating the original ownership of what is now the Pontypool and Blaenavon Heritage Railway, followed by the LMSR and ...
Peter Todd 05/05/2019
Rosyth No 1, Sir Thomas Royden and United Steel Companies standing together in Furnace Sidings station on 13 September 2014. ...
Peter Todd 13/09/2014
The current motive power on this short preserved line is Devonport Dockyard saddle tank no. 19. You can almost feel every piston stroke on the steep ...
Ken Strachan 25/05/2009

A train leaving Blaenavon High Level station on 12 September 2015 behind ex-GWR 0-6-2T no 5637. ...
Peter Todd 12/09/2015
'JESSIE,' a Hunslet 0-6-0ST No 1837 of 1937, departing Blaenavon High Station on 5th May 2019. The Pontypool and Blaenavon line is mostly on a decent ...
Peter Todd 05/05/2019
When you're 73 years old, it's easy to forget where you left things - like, three coaches. 'Mech Navvies No. 1' runs round its coaches on 19th August. ...
Ken Strachan 19/08/2017
GWR 0-6-2T 5637 about to depart from Blaenavon High Level Station on 12 September 2015. The locomotive is currently on loan from the East Somerset ...
Peter Todd 12/09/2015






The surviving signal box at Abersychan & Talywain, north of Pontypool, photographed in 1977. Once part of the thriving coal and iron belt along the ...
Ian Dinmore //1977
The old signal box at Abersychan and Talywain, to the north of Pontypool, in 1977. The station here had closed to passengers in May 1941. ...
Ian Dinmore //1977