Brecon Mountain Railway
Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog
|1908-built German 0-6-2WTT Graf Schwerin-Löwitz and American-style carriages.|
|Locale||Merthyr Tydfil, Wales|
|Name||Brecon Mountain Railway|
|Original gauge||1 ft 11 3⁄4 in (603 mm)|
|Owned by||Brecon Mountain Railway Ltd|
|Operated by||Brecon Mountain Railway Ltd|
|Length||1.975 miles |
|Preserved gauge||1 ft 11 3⁄4 in (603 mm)|
The Brecon Mountain Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog) is a narrow gauge tourist railway that runs through the Brecon Beacons along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir. It is located three miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.
The line runs along part of the trackbed of the northern section of the former standard gauge Brecon and Merthyr Railway from Pant to Pontsticill and then to Dolygaer. The line has been extended northward, with plans to take the trains to a new station at Torpantau, over a 5 miles (8.0 km) journey. This would take it just short of the southern entrance to the Torpantau tunnel, the highest railway tunnel in Great Britain, 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. 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:
|Builder||Works No.||Date||Type||Name or Number|
|Brecon Mountain Railway||001||1987||0-6-0DH|
|Henschel||29587||1957||2-8-2||146 (SAR NG15 Class)|
|Hunslet Engine Co.||827||1903||0-4-0ST||Sybil|
|Jung||1261||1908||0-6-2WT+T||Graf Schwerin-Löwitz 99-3553|
Operational steam locomotives
- Baldwin pacific No. 2. 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.
- Jung 0-6-2WT+T Graf Schwerin-Löwitz (until 1969 DR Class 99.335)
Undergoing overhaul, restoration or light work
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brecon Mountain Railway.|
- Jacobs (Ed.), Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Trackmaps, Bradford upon Avon. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X.
- www.british-heritage-railways.co.uk Accessed 18 December 2012
- www.narrow-gauge-pleasure.co.uk accessed 18 December 2012.
- UK Locos - Preserved, Private, Hired & Industrial Locos
- MPSB Nr. 1 bis 7 (2. Besetzung) on German Wikipedia