The Bala Lake Railways signal box at Llanuwchllyn occupies a prominent position on the platform. It is a rare G.W.R type 5 box and houses the last G.W.R double twist lever frame still signalling passenger trains on its original site. The signal box is routinely open on operating days, our visitors being encouraged to visit.
The signal box really is the jewel in the Bala Lake Railway’s crown. However it is currently in a poor state of repair.
The main problem is rot. At the station end, the boards on the gable need complete replacement as does the corner post supporting the roof. The steps need to be replaced, repairs are needed to the door and windows needs heavy repair / replacement.
It is proposed that repairs are undertaken using hardwood that will last very many years. Work will be progressed by our in-house carpentry team. Once the work is done, the box will need a repaint, the brickwork will need re-pointing and, to finish the job in style, it is proposed that the box receive a cast GWR nameboard.
BLRS President Peter Miller has launched an appeal to raise funds to complete the work and cover the contingencies.
Can you help? All donations received will be used to buy materials that will restore the former glories of our historically important signal box.
How to Donate:
Visit the Just Giving website link below, or send a cheque payable to “Bala Lake Railway Society” to Presidents Appeal, Bala Lake Railway, Station Road, Llanuwchllyn, Bala LL23 7DD.