August 2021 Update

“It’s been our best summer season ever!” So said David Jones, the Bala Lake Railway’s energetic General Manager, when asked about how the passenger numbers for August had fared. He, along with everyone involved with the railway, was effervescing, particularly as the actual August figures were – wait for it…

July 2021 Update

July was the usual mixed bag of weather for visitors to the BLR and average passenger numbers might be expected, but no. Let us just say that the month’s figures were a whisker over 26% (yes, 26%) better than our previous highest numbers, those of July 2018. We started with…

June 2021 Update

It is wholly applicable in this 100th edition of the BLR News in this format that we highlight excellence, ingenuity and success, thus the content will concentrate on these specific topics. Bala Re-Railed, the event to introduce the residents of Bala to steam railway activity for the first time since…

May 2021 Update

As everyone who knows the railway will agree, one of the delights of life at the BLR is sitting on the benches outside the station café at the end of a warm sunny day with a cup of well-earned tea, watching a puttering tractor in the field or the sheep…

Road closure

The A494 is closed between Dolgellau and Llanuwchllyn due to a serious road traffic accident. Local diversions via Brithdir are in place or via A470 to Trawsfynydd and A4212 to Bala. Please allow extra time and check local traffic reports if you are visiting us from the west today.

April 2021 Update

With the Bala Lake Railway re-opening on the 1st May, activity has been predictably frenetic so that our first visitors of the year can be accommodated in total safety as per Government dictums. The café and shop are ready for business, with perspex shielding in place so that visitors can…

March 2021 Update

Spring is upon us at last, the season which raises the spirits with lengthening daylight and warmth after a winter of restrictions and frustrations. The great satirical song-writer, Tom Lehrer, wrote joyfully (sic) of its positivity, as well as detailing some questionable practices in which one might choose to indulge…