1940s Weekend at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

1940s Weekend at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, home to traditional steam trains, is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. With free parking, train rides and a cafe it makes for a great family day out, especially when they hold one of their popular events.

Last week the railway held a 1940s themed weekend, they are well known for throwing good events, their Halloween and Christmas events often sell out as they have such a good reputation. The railway is only a five minute journey from us so we decided to pop along for this event.

The event was free to attend but we did have to pay to ride the train, we bought the tickets from Living Social beforehand, they aren’t currently available there but they are on Groupon. As it was a special event there was a small surcharge on top of the ticket cost of £1 per person, on top of the £5 ticket this really wasn’t a bad deal. 

Once you have your train ticket  you can hop on and off the train all day, the train departs from Furnace Sidings and takes you on a scenic journey to a local, traditional pub, Blaenavon High Level and Big Pit. We sat in the ‘VIP carriage’ which was very Harry Potter-esque! Aria really enjoyed sitting on my lap and watching the world go by outside.

If you aren’t familiar with the area Blaenavon it is very high up, as a result the views are beautiful! 

I’m not going to go into detail about the trains because I don’t know anything about them and would probably end up making myself look silly. I will say that they look very traditional and that there is something very picture-esque about seeing them chugging up the line with the beautiful mountains in the background. 

As I mentioned above the railway are well known for making a big effort with their events, the 1940s one was no different. It really did seem as if we had stepped back in time. There were people dressed up everywhere we looked, I felt really silly in my maxi dress and Converse!
The Tea Room went down the 1940s route with fancy dress, vintage posters and a special wartime menu.

I decided to go along with the theme and ordered a spam sandwich, I’d never tried spam before and I actually really enjoyed it, I can see it becoming a guilty pleasure! 

Once we had enjoyed a train journey and a bite to eat we decided to wander around the tents set up especially for the event. There were several demonstrations including bomb defusal (and exploding!) and gun shooting. 
Everyone looked amazing and they were all really enthusiastic about what they were doing, taking their time to happily chat away and no doubt answer the same questions all day long. 

The attention to detail was fantastic, it was clear to see that a lot of effort went into making this event extra special.

The railway is a non-profit organisation which is run by volunteers, I personally think that this is why it is such a good attraction, because each and everyone one of the volunteers are there because they are passionate about it and want to make a success of it. 
The volunteers are helpful and will bend over backwards to ensure that you have a fantastic experience at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.
Have you ever been to this particular railway? If not, is it on your ‘to do’ list?


  1. July 17, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    This looks fantastic. Worth investing in some dress-hire to get into the 40's vibe. If you go again, let me know! We can be land girls.

  2. July 17, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Great pictures! This looks like a lovely place to visit and the 40s theme is such a cool idea. 🙂

  3. July 22, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Aw, this looks ace, I'm sorry I missed it! I hope to get to go another year, is it an annual event?? Looks like you had oodles of fun anyway (but you can keep your Spam thank you very much!! I hate it!) xx

  4. July 24, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Oh wow I really wish I had known about this as my 4yr old loves anything to do with Army (especially WW1 army gear) and this would of made his day – the attention to detail is amazing and the dress – going to try and go to the next one for sure

    Laura x

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