Alice the little Welsh engine

 Croeso, welcome to the award winning Bala Lake Railway 
"Home of Alice the Little Welsh Engine"   

Bala Lake Railway - 2018 Special Events

Great Little Trains Model Railway Show - 26th, 27th and 28th May

Location: Ysgol Y Berwyn Secondary School, On the A4212, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7RU

Opening times:  SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-5pm, MON 10am-3.30pm

Admission:  Adults £5.00      Family £10.00

Welcome to the third Great Little trains Model Railway exhibition in the town of Bala in a new and re-furbished school. Located in three halls with easy access, free parking, full refreshments and a free vintage bus service linking the exhibition with the Bala Lake Railway. Additionally there is a vintage transport show taking place at the railway on Sunday and Monday.

A number of the Great Little Trains of Wales are attending including the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland, and Fairbourne as well as the 009 Society, who have all confirmed their attendance. Several others have also been invited, and we are awaiting their responses.

To date 24 model railway layouts have confirmed, from the small Z, through 009, HOe, HOm, N, OO, O, SM32, to G scale.

Confirmed layouts include:

  • Dogfriol a 6 track 009/HOF/Hon3 Welsh mountain, featured in RM October 2015
  • Ffuglen a Ffestiniog 16mm NG,SM32 with action public buttons
  • Cwmbach a 4mm P4 finescale detailed layout
  • Brynllywdd a 16.5 narrow gauge layout
  • Castlefinn a Irish 4mm/12mmtrack NG from Chester MRC
  • Gorsaf Maes Y Gof a 4mm 009 Welsh NG
  • Faugham Hill Pottery a 4mm from Chester MRC
  • Playmobile Railway a G scale action layout from Walt Turner, always a hit with the kids
  • Denby Moore a N gauge featured in the RM March 2018
  • Llanuwchllyn a brand new N Gauge layout coming all the way from Ireland and depicting our station in GWR and BR days
  • Burf Mine a O-16.5 a lot of hot air bumf
  • Die alte Muhle a N gauge German scenic layout, Continental Modeller April 2008
  • Merlin Liechil a Welsh slate mine in 16mm/SM32 a large layout 20 ft by 7ft
  • Gilderdale Mine a 4mm/009 of the South Tynedale NG railway
  • Bryn Tegid a 4mm/009 Welsh slate mine, featured in the March 009 News
  • Isle of Stoner 009 layout from John Wooden the Ffestiniog Railway
  • Kirbythorpe a 4mm/009 layout from Mike Hallett
  • Dalton Le Dale a 4mm/OO layout by John Farrell of Colwyn Bay MRC
  • Johnstown an N gauge layout from Norman E Beaumont of Colwyn Bay MRC
  • Halland a OO large layout from Andy Miles
  • Castle Caereinion a OO layout from Any miles
  • Three NG Diorama's from Peter Hollin's

Confirmed Trade stands include:

  • John Sutton Models & Books, from 009 to g scale
  • Country Park Models from Wales, a full range of spares in N& OO
  • Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, models, DVD’s, books
  • Chris Mackenzie a range of SM32/G scale models & books
  • ABC Model Railways a full range of new & pre-owned models 009 to G scale
  • John Parkinson modelling books

Park at Bala or Llanuwchllyn, ride the railway, with a vintage shuttle bus service serving the exhibition. Visit the Festival of Transport (vintage vehicles, tractors, etc) at the other (Llanuwchllyn) end of our line for two great family shows over the weekend. Of course the best way to get from one to the other is by our train. The railway will be operating our intensive Pink Timetable, using vintage Hunslet steam engines from the north Wales slate quarries.

All the funds raised will go towards the new extension of the railway into Bala town.

We will also be offering to either  'BUY A SLEEPER' or 'BUY A SPIKE' for the railway extension.

Exhibition email:

Bala Lake Festival of Transport - 27th and 28th May

Location: Adjacent to Llanuwchllyn station

The Festival will feature a selection of vintage and classic tractors, motorbikes, cars, rally cars, stationary engines, classic Landrovers, fairground, military and large scale models.

Trade stands and refreshments available.

Car parking for the Festival of Transport will be in Llanuwchllyn Village with a free shuttle bus to the show.

Please note parking at the station will be for railway passengers only.

All enquiries for the Festival of Transport to the Organisers:
Meirionnydd NVTEC Tractor Club, Secretary: Allen Main on 01678 530 408

Evening Excursion - Jackets (no ties) - 31st May

Jacket potatoes cooked in our very special way inside the smokebox of the engine as it chuffs along the lake. We'll stop on the way back to enjoy the food, including dessert.

Jacket potatoes cooked in teh engine

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.

Steam Gala - 16th, 17th and 18th June

Our annual steam gala has moved to tie in with an event on the Ffestiniog Railway.

Our theme this year will be the Penrhyn Quarry, with visiting engines, a busy timetable of passenger and demonstration freight trains, and lots more besides.

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.


Visiting Locomotives - 19th to 21st and 23rd, 24th June

Our special event continues during the week with visiting engines taking over our regular services, as all our resident engines will be going on holiday to the Ffestiniog Railway.

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.


A day with Alice the Little Welsh Engine - 28th July

Come along and meet “Alice the Little Welsh Engine” from Pauline Hazelwood’s beautiful childrens' books.

 Pauline the author will be at Llanuwchllyn station reading some of the stories, demonstrating how she draws the characters and involving the children in activities as well as signing books.

Find out more about these great little books at

Alice the Little Welsh Engine Activity Book

‘Alice’ will be giving rides at Llanuwchllyn station in the special Dinorwic Quarry carriage that was once used by royal visitors and shunting slate wagons just like she did in the quarry.

‘Alice’ will also be double-heading the last train of the day, which departs Llanuwchllyn at 3:55pm.

Activities start at 10:30am and finish at 3:45pm.

Normal train fares apply for rides - with all additional activities included.

Alice the Little Welsh Engine

Our Blue timetable with trains departing Llanuwchllyn at 11:00am, 12:45pm, 2:20pm and 3:55pm will be in operation.

Barbeque Specials - August 2nd, 9th & 16th

A very pleasant way to spend the evening on a return journey by steam departing Llanuwchllyn at 6:15pm.

Stop for a barbeque at Llangower and watch the sun going down across the lake.

Pre-booking is required.

Join us for an evening outing by steam train along the full length of the railway, with an extended stop by the lake on the return journey to enjoy a fresh burger or a hot dog.

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.

Mini Steam Gala - 25th, 26th and 27th August

Our home fleet of engines will be taking part in a mini steam gala with an intensive timetable and a chance to have a go yourself with our 'Driver for a Fiver'.

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.


Halloween Trains - October 27th & 31st

Be Prepared to be Scared!!!

We are running these very popular trains again this Halloween.

Dare you ride the ghostly train to the witches coven?

Will your train make it through to the end of the line or will one of the ghosts or spectres force it to turn back?

There's only one way to find out, join us for an evening of storytelling and ghoulish fun.

This event is only mildly scary and is suitable for the whole family.

Our Halloween Trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn at 5.15 and 6.30, please note that it is not possible to board these trains at any other station.


Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.


Santa's Annual Visit - December 8th & 9th

The Bala Lake Railway is pleased to announce that Santa Claus has accepted our invitation to visit Llanuwchllyn on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2018.

Trains will be hauled by two of our steam locomotives, suitably decorated. All trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn Station on a journey down the line to Santa’s grotto where the children will meet Santa and receive a gift.

Online booking and further details will be available nearer to the event.