Alice the little Welsh engine

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

Bala Lake Railway - Photo Gallery

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August Bank Holiday Gala 2016

 

Diana at Llangower Winifred at Pentrepiod Alice crossing a passnger train at Llangower
Alice at Llangower Hoy War on shed at Llanuwchllyn Diana at Llangower
Winifred at Llangower Triassic at Llanuwchllyn Holy War at Llangower
  Time for tea on Diana  

Winifred Photo Charter - 15th May 2015

On the 15th May we hosted a private photo charter featuring Julian Birley's recently restored Quarry Hunslet 'Winifred'. A selection of photographs taken by David WIlliams and Malcolm Ranieri on the day are published below with their kind permission.

Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © David Williams
Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © David Williams
Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © David Williams
Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © David Williams
Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © Malcolm Ranieri
Winifred Quarry Hunslet Photo Charter - 2015
Photo © Malcolm Ranieri

Whitsun Bank Holiday May 2015 - Alice Days

We ran our first ever 'Alice' days over this Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend where familes were invited to come along and meet “Alice the Little Welsh Engine” from Pauline Hazelwood’s childrens' books which are based on some of our locomotoves.

 Pauline was at Llaunuwchllyn station reading some of the stories, demonstrating how she draws the characters and involving the children in activities as well as signing books. Pauline also launched a new activity book featuring ‘Alice’ and her friends on the day.

‘Alice’ gave rides at Llanuwchllyn station in the special Dinorwic Quarry carriage which was once used by royal visitors and was also seen shunting slate wagons just like she did in the quarry.

‘Alice’ also double-heading the last train each day with 'Maid Marian'.

 

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Alice the Little Welsh Engine Weekend Alice the Little Welsh Engine Weekend Alice the Little Welsh Engine Weekend

 

April 13th 2015 - Winifred Returns

After a long career at the Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales 'Winifred' spent over 50 years in the USA before being repatriated and fully overhauled in our workshops.

Exactly 130 years to the day that she was originally delivered to the quarry, 'Winifred' returned to service, and haued her first ever passenger trains on 13th April 2015. A re-dedication of the loco by world famous record producer, song writer and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman took place followed by a special service for invited guests, prior to auling her first ever public passenger trains.

Winifred's re-dedication ceremony Winifred comes off-shed ready for her first train Winifred and Maid Marian
Winifred at Llanuwchllyn Winifred departs on her first train Alice hauling a demonstration train whilst Winifred was  up the line
Ex General Manager Roger Hine prepares Winifred Welsh Harp at Llanuwchllyn station Preparing the Winifred, Alice and Maid Marian for the day

 

Some photos of our railway from 2014....

Holy War being "oiled round" at Bala A model live steam version of "Holy War" sat on the footplate of the real thing Wnifred's overhaul coming along nicely in July 2014
"Alice" awaiting departure from Bala A view of Lake Bala from the train A firemans eye view on the run to Bala
You don't have to be a boy to be a member of the Locomotive Department A present for our grandchildren Alice meets Alice the locomotive with her Alice book!!!
A young customer helping out in the signalbox at Llanuwchllyn "Holy War" awaiting departure from Bala Two happy customers at Llanuwchllyn
"Winifred" on arrival back from the USA just before her rebuild began "Alice" trundles across Boathouse Bridge A passenger leaves the train at Llangower for a walk with her dog
An eveing view from the footplate of "Alice" 'Alice' visited the 2014 National Garden Raiway Show in Peterborough Lake Bala from the train
Word famous artist David Shepherd on a visit to the railway Llanuwchllyn in the snow Bala station in the snow

April 2013 - Photo Charter

We ran a very successful Photo Charter event on Friday 19th April. Here are some of the superb photographs that have been sent to us by some of the photographers. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a higher resolution picture.