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Heritage Centre Opening

The Official Opening and Launch of the new Heritage Centre at Llanuwchllyn Station will take place at 11:00am on Monday 15th April. The Heritage Centre celebrates the rich and diverse history of the slate industry in North Wales and showcases our role in preserving and caring for a small part of…

March 2019 Update

The advent of spring at the railway coincided with a wonderful arrival in March, namely another five-figure donation for the Red Dragon Project from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. To say that all involved in the Bala Extension, as well as the BLR, are over the moon and…

February 2019 Update

It has been a busy month (was it ever thus) but we start with a major announcement from the BLR Trust about a large grant for the Red Dragon Project. The Trust is delighted to announce that its flagship Red Dragon Project, which is working towards extending the Bala Lake…

January 2019 Update

January has been a decidedly busy month (witness one of our biggest news pages to date) with much activity on the boiler front plus fevered progress on track relaying and maintenance. The Wednesday Gang and the Working Weekend/Week, which started on the 19th, produced a remarkable amount of work carried…

December 2018 Update

To the unsuspecting, December might be thought to be a very quiet month, but as always on the BLR, a vast amount of activity takes place in the ‘closed season’, so here is a sample of what has been happening behind the scenes. Boilers are in the news again, with…

November 2018 Update

Bearing in mind the BLR has only three full-time staff, we are indebted to our loyal band of volunteers who achieve so much and in all weathers, as you will read. Throughout all this, the humour persists, as does the large amount of tea and flapjacks consumed. What follows is…

October 2018 Update

At the risk of sounding repetitive, the Bala Lake Railway has yet again broken records for passenger numbers, with the October figures being up on last year by no less than 14% and the total for the year to date showing an increase of nearly 6%. Indeed, on Saturday 27th,…

September 2018 Update

It is almost to the point of repetition, but September passenger numbers were up by no less than 13% on last year, and that in spite of some inconsistent weather during the month. But what really made the month stand out was the last weekend’s operations where passengers decided to…

August 2018 Update

August was predictably another good month for the railway and, in spite of soaring temperatures in most parts of the UK, a certain amount of ‘liquid sunshine’ appeared, noticeably in the middle of our Bank Holiday Mini Gala. However, this did nothing to dampen the occasion and passenger numbers were…