Alice the little Welsh engine

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

Click here to book your tickets onlineBala Lake Railway - 2017 Special Events

George B's first passenger train - April 22nd

George B will be re-dedicated and pull her (his) first ever public passenger trains.

All are welcome to come along, however tickets will likely be limited on the 11 o'clock departure.


Please book early if you want to be on the first train.

Maid Marian 50 years in preservation celebration - May 6th

It was 50 years ago to this date that Maid Marian was rescued from Dinorwic quarry for preservation by the Maid Marian Locomotive Fund.

To celebrate this event Maid Marian will be running in her original cabless (Dinorwic Quarry) form during 2017 with her original bunkers and replacement dumb buffers.

Join us to celebrate her half a century in preservation.

Bala Model Railway Show & Bala Lake Festival of Transport - May 27th & 28th

Two great family shows on one weekend at either end of the railway, and the best way to get from one to the other is by train, plus a connecting bus service.

We will be running our intensive Pink timetable over the weekend so you won't need to wait long for a train.

Park your car once, visit both shows and travel by steam train and vintage bus, for a great family day out.

Alice the Little Welsh Engine Day - July 29th

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. Entry to Llanuwchllyn station will be £1 per person for anyone without a ticket (refundable against purchase of tickets).

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 3rd, 10th & 17th

A very pleasant way to spend the evening on a return journey by steam departing Llanuwchllyn at 6:30pm.

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

Pre-booking required.

Pre-booking required, please check back here for further details which will be published nearer the time of the event.

Steam Gala - August 25th to 28th

We're celebrating George B's first season back in service with a steam gala where she will be joined by all our other engines in steam.

We are planning a busy timetable featuring lots of activity, passenger and demonstration freight trains.

Further details will be published here closer to the event, but get the dates into your diaries now!!!

Halloween Trains - October 28th & 31st

Be Prepared to be Scared!!!

We will be running these very popular trains again in 2017.

Our Halloween Trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn at 5.00 and 6.00, please note that it is not possible to board these trains at any other station.

Online booking will be available nearer the time of the event.

Spooky happenings in the signal box Aaarrrrgghhhhh - A skeleton is rising from the ground

Santa's Annual Visit - December 9th & 10th

The Bala Lake Railway is pleased to announce that Santa Claus has accepted our invitation to visit Llanuwchllyn on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2017.

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 will be available nearer the time of the event.