Built in 1859, originally being a horse-drawn tram-road, making it the first narrow-gauge railway in Mid-Wales.
The Brecon Mountain Railway, “Rheilffordd Mynydd Brycheiniog”, is located on the edge of The Brecon Beacons National Park in South-East Wales, three miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. It runs five miles along mountain, lake and forest scenery, including the whole of the Pontsticill Reservoir, before ending its journey at Torpantau.
Cwmorthin is a short trek away from the station at Tanygrisiau, but well worth a visit. There are several places to park at Tanygrisiau; there is a large car park as you drive towards the station, a small station car park, one by the popular Café and one at the quarry entrance. What’s more, they are all free. Tanygrisiau is also a station on the Ffestiniog Railway, near Blaenau Ffestiniog.