Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway






Dates

16/07/1866Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Act passed, backed by the London and North Western Railway.
  /  /1869Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Incorporated into the London and North Western Railway.
01/11/1869Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Opened to Blaenavon for freight.
01/01/1870Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Opened to Blaenavon for passengers.
20/03/1871Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Waenavon opened as a blockpost, telegraph and staff station.
01/09/1871Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Waenavon opened to passengers.
  /  /1877Brynmawr 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.
01/05/1878Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Abersychan and Talywain opened
01/05/1878Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Extension to Abersychan and Talywain 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.
  /  /1881Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Engine shed opened at Blaenavon.
  /  /1939Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
After closure of the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Branch (Caledonian Railway), Waenavon (1,400 feet) becomes the highest station on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
05/05/1941Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Abersychan and Talywain closed.
05/05/1941Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Closed to passengers
05/09/1942Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Blaenavon engine shed closed.
  /  /1950Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Blaenavon renamed Blaenavon High Level.
  /  /1953Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Furnace Sidings to Brynmawr closed to through freight.
  /  /1954Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Waenavon closed to freight.
  /  /1961Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway
Furnace Sidings to Brynmawr lifted.
  /  /1965Brynmawr 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
Water tank inspection for 'Brookes No 1', a 1941 Hunslet 0-6-0ST in Furnace Sidings during the P&BR Autumn Gala in September 2019. ...
Peter Todd 14/09/2019
'Rosyth No 1', a 1914 Barclay 0-4-0ST, double heading a P&BR train at Furnace Sidings with 'Howard (Illingworth)', a 1916 Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST. ...
Peter Todd 14/09/2019
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
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A train leaving Blaenavon High Level station on 12 September 2015 behind ex-GWR 0-6-2T no 5637. ...
Peter Todd 12/09/2015
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
'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
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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
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