Brecon Mountain Railway

Take a short trip by narrow gauge steam train on one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales.

The former Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction railway takes you therough beautiful Brecon Beacons scenery from Pant to Pontsticill, along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir. The train has all-weather observation carriages.

At Pontsticill you can visit the cafe and admire the view across Pontsticill Reservoir, the largest of the four Taf Fechan reservoirs, to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons. Or you could go for a ramble on the shore. There is a children's play area here. 

On your return to Pant, you can visit the workshop where old steam locomotives are repaired or follow the footpath to a picnic site which has an amazing panoramic view of the valley.

Visiting the Brecon Mountain Railway

The round trip from Pant Railway Station takes 65 minutes including a 20 minute stop at Pontsticill. You can stay longer if you wish returning to Pant on a later train. Check the Brecon Mountain Railway website for timetables and fares.

How to get there

Pant Railway Station is a few miles north of Merthyr Tydfil and south of the Pontsticill Reservoir. It's signposted from the A465. Bus route 35 from Merthyr Tydfil.

Nearest town or village

Pant, Merthyr Tydfil

OS grid reference

Explorer Map OL12 or Landranger Map 160 - SO059097

Opening times

There are several departures each day in summer. Check the Brecon Mountain Railway website for details of low season services.


Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2DD, tel 01685 722988,


Licensed restaurant and shop at Pant, cafe at Pontsticill


At Pant Railway Station, free


At Pant and Pontsticill, with disabled access and baby changing facilities


The car park is a mixture of tarmac and compacted stone, with bays for the disabled. One railway carriage has been designed to carry wheelchairs. There is an internal ramp from the booking office to the gift shop and platform. The train stops alongside Pontsticill Reservoir, which has a level platform and views over the surrounding hills.