Merthyr Tydfil
Brecon Mountain Railway
(Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog)
Pant Station
Merthyr Tydfil
Mid Glamorgan CF48 2DD
 
The Brecon Mountain Railway (BMR) is a narrow-gauge tourist railway on the south side of the Brecon Beacons. The line runs from Pant, a small village just 3 miles (4.8 kms) north of Merthyr Tydfil, to the summit of the line at Torpantau.
 
Passengers travel along a 1 ft 11 3⁄4 in (603 mm) track in an all-weather Observation Carriage, pulled by a vintage steam locomotive. The line follows part of the route of the original standard gauge Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed in 1964.
 
Tickets & Timetables
Trains depart from the BMR’s main station at Pant which is 1134 feet (346 metres) above sea level. On reaching the end of the line at Torpantau, the train waits 15 minutes before starting the return journey. To view timetables and book tickets visit  Web:  BMR/ Timetable and Tickets
 
The Route
The spectacular route takes passengers into the Brecon Beacons National Park via Pontsticill and the Dolygaer Loop, a total of about 4.5 miles (7 km). The climbing gradient carries the train non-stop to Torpantau, travelling along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir before climbing to the new Torpantau Station, 1313 feet (400m) above sea level.
 
This takes the BMR just short of the southern entrance to the 667 yd (610 m) long Torpantau tunnel, the highest railway tunnel in Great Britain, which carried the original line through the hills along the side of Glyn Collwn to Brecon or to Moat Lane or Hereford via junctions at Talyllyn and Three Cocks. Although it is not encouraged, visitors can explore the tunnel.
 
On the way back, the train stops at the intermediate station of Pontsticill for 25 to 35 minutes dependent upon the timetable, where passengers can alight to enjoy a number of amenities including a children’s playground, the free Steam Museum and walks exploring the area, before continuing their journey by a later train.
 
Benefits of the BMR
One of the benefits of the line, and a condition of the planning permission, is that tourists can access and experience part of the Brecon Beacons National Park without driving their cars through it. Car parking outside the National Park boundary is only available at Pant Station for railway passengers travelling on the BMR.
 
Stations & Facilities
Pant Station 
- Large free car and coach park adjacent to the station
- Engine/Carriage Workshop viewing gallery
- Licensed tearooms serving light refreshments, cream teas, hot & cold drinks
- Gift shop selling bespoke souvenirs
- Toilets including disabled and baby changing facility.
 
Pontsticill Station
- Free Steam Museum
- Level platform with ramps
- Lakeside cafe selling drinks, snacks and ice-creams
- No public parking
- Outside picnic area
- Children's play area
- Toilets including disabled and baby changing facility.
 
Torpantau Station
- No facilities or public parking
- Platform only with no wheelchair access
 
Disabled Access
Assistance dogs are welcome. Mobile phone coverage is variable.
 
- The Train
There are two steps from the platform on to the carriage balcony and another step into the carriage itself. The BMR has a special carriage designed to carry manual wheelchairs with ramped access (staff assistance required). 
 
- Pant Station 
Fully accessible and recommended for wheelchair bound passengers. 
 
- Pontsticill Station
Level platform with ramps with 30mm high step into cafe. Disabled toilets with access for wheelchair.
 
Unfortunately, powered and motorised chairs and scooters cannot be carried by the BMR.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1685 722 988
 
BMR Office Opening Hours
Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, CF48 2DD.
When Trains are Running: Daily: 09:00 – 17:00 hours;
When Trains are NOT Running: Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 hours.
 
Getting There
- By Car
Use Sat Nav postcode CF48 2DD.
 
The BMR is located just off the Heads of the Valleys trunk road - about three miles (4.8 km) north of Merthyr Tydfil. Follow the Mountain Railway signs and roadside train symbols from the A470 and A465 to find the large BMR free car park and coach park.
 
- By Bus
Public service buses operate from Merthyr Tydfil town centre bus station to Pant Cemetery.
 
Monday - Saturday the service is operated by Stagecoach on Route 35. Buses run every 15 minutes.
 
Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays the service is operated by Globe coaches on Route 28. Buses run every hour.
 
- By Rail
Rail services are operated from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil by Arriva Trains Wales.
Trains run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 2 hours on Sundays. Please check for Bank Holiday services.  Web:  Arriva Trains/ Wales
 
Google Maps - Brecon Mountain Railway terminus at Pant