Brecon Mountain Railway

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Brecon Mountain Railway
Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog
Brecon Mountain Railway train.jpg
1908-built German 0-6-2WTT Graf Schwerin-Löwitz and American-style carriages.
Locale Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Terminus Pant
Commercial operations
Name Brecon Mountain Railway
Original gauge 1 ft 11 34 in (603 mm)
Preserved operations
Owned by Brecon Mountain Railway Ltd
Operated by Brecon Mountain Railway Ltd
Stations 3
Length 5 miles [1]
Preserved gauge 1 ft 11 34 in
Commercial history
Opened 1980
Preservation history
The American feel of the line is apparent from this photo of 1930 US-built Baldwin pacific No. 2 on 11 April 2004.

The Brecon Mountain Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog) is a 1 ft 11 34 in (603 mm) narrow gauge tourist railway that runs through the Brecon Beacons along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir and uphill passing the nearby upper (Pentwyn) reservoir to Torpantau. It is located three miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.

Route of the BMR[edit]

The line runs along part of the trackbed of the northern section of the former standard gauge Brecon and Merthyr Railway from Pant to a new station at Torpantau, via Pontsticill and Dolygaer Loop, over a total of 5 miles (8.0 km)s in length.

With this, it has taken it just short of the southern entrance to the 667yd long Torpantau tunnel, the highest railway tunnel in Great Britain,[2] that carried the original line through the hills along the side of Glyn Collwn to Brecon.

One of the benefits of the line, and a condition of the planning permission, is that tourists can access and experience remote parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park without driving their cars through it.[3] Car parking for railway passengers is only available at Pant Station, outside the National Park.

The railway is a member of the Great Little Trains of Wales.


Full list of steam locomotives at the site:[4]

Builder Works No. Date Type Name or Number Status
Baldwin 15511 1897 2-6-2 1 Undergoing restoration in the workshops.
Baldwin 61269 1930 4-6-2 2 Operational. Originally built for the Eastern Province Cement Company in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Acquired by the Brecon Mountain Railway around 1990, and restored to full working order in 1997.[5]
Baldwin Original was No. 23 2-6-2 3 Original locomotive scrapped in 1936. A replica is being constructed in the workshops from the original drawings.
Baldwin Original was No. 10. 2-4-4T 4 Original locomotive scrapped in 1936. A replica is being constructed in the workshops from the original drawings.
Brecon Mountain Railway 001 1987 0-6-0DH Operational.
De Winton 1894 0-4-0VBT Pendyffryn On display but is in working order.
Henschel 29587 1957 2-8-2 146 (SAR NG15 Class) Stored out of use.
Hunslet Engine Co. 827 1903 0-4-0ST Sybil On display but is in working order.
Jung 1261 1908 0-6-2WT+T Graf Schwerin-Löwitz 99-3553 Operational.
Redstone 1905 0-4-0VBTT On display but is in working order.
Wickham 10943 1976 2w-2PMR Operational.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs (Ed.), Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Trackmaps, Bradford upon Avon. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
  2. ^ Accessed 18 December 2012
  3. ^ accessed 18 December 2012.
  4. ^ UK Locos - Preserved, Private, Hired & Industrial Locos
  5. ^

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Coordinates: 51°48′33″N 3°22′02″W / 51.8093°N 3.36731°W / 51.8093; -3.36731