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

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.

Download a bus and train timetable for the weekend which includes a car parking map here

Rail Gala & Model Railway Exhibition Sat 27th May 2017 - Sun 28th May 2017

Ysgol Y Berwyn Secondary School, On the A4212, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7RU
OPENING TIMES:  SAT 10.30 to 5.00, SUN 10.30 to 4.00
ADMISSION:  Adults £4.00  Concessions £3.00      

A Model Railway exhibition in a local school at the southern end of our narrow gauge railway. Park at Bala or Llanuwchllyn, ride the railway, with a shuttle bus service connection with a vintage bus, serving the exhibition. Also 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 a 45-50 minute interval service throughout the day, using vintage Hunslet steam engines from the north Wales slate quarries.

List of Layouts List of Traders & Societies
Llangollen in 'N' Gauge (Layout Travelling from Ireland, Rare Chance to See It Here!) 
Two Bridges '00' 
Plas Edwards Shed, compact '0' Gauge 
Cwmbach 'P4' 
Halland '00' 
Trix Twin Mk4 'h0' 
Cobra Canyon 'N' 
Krimhorn '009' 
Triang Big Big Train 
Walt's Playmobile   
Underhill Town ‘009’  
Altbahn ‘H0’
Abc Model Railways - A Full Range of Models 
John Sutton - Books + Narrow Gauge Models 
Ffestiniog Railway - Models / DVDS / Promotion 
Corris Railway Society - 2nd Hand Models/railway Items 
Maid Marian Fund - Fundraising 
Blackham Transfers - Transfers

Bala Lake Festival of Transport Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th May 2017

OPENING TIMES:  SAT & SUN 10.00 to 5.00
Next door to the railway at Llanuwchllyn station
ADMISSION: Adult £5.00, Children under 16 £3.00, Family (2A+2C) £12.00

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. With 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 

A free vintage bus shuttle will connect the venue for the Model Railway Show with Bala station, then a train ride to Llanuwchllyn. We are encouraging visitors to spend the day around Bala. There will be plenty of entertainment between the Model Railway Show, vintage bus, steam trains on the Bala Lake Railway and the Festival of Transport, and a chance to visit Bala itself where there are plenty of places to eat as well as a good selection of local shops.

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.