Alice the little Welsh engine

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

2017 Narrow Gauge Locomotive Experience Days

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- Your only chance to drive "Maid Marian" without a cab -
Currently undergoing a ten year overhaul "Maid Marian" will be returning to traffic in 2017 without a cab and in near quarry condition to celebrate her 50 years in preservation
She will be available for only six driver experiences in 2017 and her cab will be refitted at the end of the year

Standard Package - £400

Our Experience Days represent excellent value for money and a great day out for anyone who’s ever fancied being an engine driver for the day

Come along for a full day's footplate experience including:

  1. Preparation of the locomotive of your choice from Winifred, Alice or Holy War (subject to availability)
  2. Expert and friendly tuition on how to fire and drive the engine
  3. Two full return trips, totaling 18 miles, driving your engine along the Bala Lake Railway
  4. Bring up to three guests for a ride on your train
  5. Morning tea or coffee for you and your guests
  6. Lunch for you and your guests
  7. Afternoon tea for you and your guests
  8. A certificate to commemorate your day with us

Your day starts at 9.00am where an experienced Bala Lake Railway driver will meet and greet you and give you a safety briefing. You can help with preparing the loco of your choice and helping raise steam as well as the all-important polishing of brasses.

Once steam is raised you will take the controls of one of our famous locomotives for 2 trips from Llanuwchllyn to Bala and return.

Every experience is unique to you.

They make a great present for a family member or loved one or you can just indulge yourself. We can accommodate up to 3 guests with each guest driver.


2017 Premium Package

Our 'Premium' package offers everything that is included in our 'Standard Package' except that your locomotive for the day will be your choice of either the newly restored Quarry Hunslet "George B" or "Maid Marian" running in near quarry condition for this year only

 

George BPremium Package "George B" - £475 (Limited to six experiences only)

George B will be available from the beginning of May on any of the days (maximum of 6) listed below. Don't miss this opportunity to drive her in her first operating season since restoration.

This package includes all the features of our standard package plus:

    Two additional guests (Up to five)
    A years membership of the Bala Lake Railway Society

 

Maid MarianPremium Package "Maid Marian" - £475 (Limited to six experiences only)

Maid Marian will be available from mid May on any of the days (maximum of 6) listed below. Come along and enjoy driving her in near quarry condition without her cab.

This package includes all the features of our standard package plus:

    Two additional guests (Up to five)
    A years membership of the Bala Lake Railway Society

There will only be the above six opportunities to drive each of "George B" and "Maid Marian" in 2017 so don't delay booking


Available dates for 2017

April 3, 24
May 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 
June 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 
Sept 8, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 
Oct 2, 16

Note: Dates highlighted in RED are already booked

Additionally, we may be able to offer dates in February, March and November please email us to enquire


Pre-booking is essential

Complete the form below or call us on 01678 540666 to book

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