June 2020 Update

The news for June falls neatly into two categories, namely The BLR Virtual Gala and the imminence of services restarting after our enforced pandemic break. The Virtual Gala was an unequivocal success and huge thanks should go to all who submitted film clips and information plus the Demon Trio of…

Bala Lake Railway receives £40,000 National Lottery support

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release The Bala Lake Railway has received £40,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage  The Bala Lake Railway has received £40,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to assist with essential costs during this unprecedented time. Since the…

May 2020 Update

Having experienced the longest spell of warm and dry spring weather on record, plus a cruelly-timed and debilitating virus to shut the country down, you might imagine that frustration would be to the fore, but those within the BLR are always thinking of ingenious ideas, as you will read later.…

April 2020 Update

Some might expect a blank page after the heading this month but since the beginning of the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown, BLR volunteers and members have become remarkably active. The first inkling of this was the plethora of photos appearing on the BLR Volunteers Facebook page which reminisced about wonderful times…

March 2020 Update

No more needs to be added here about the critical situation in which these islands of ours find themselves and everyone, barring the sadly inevitable idiot contingent, knows what is required of them, thus with courage, tenacity and common sense, we will win. The Bala Lake Railway, with the support…

February 2020 Update

“February is always a dead month”. So it was blandly asserted recently, which prompted the reply, “Piffle”, (or a slightly more forthright and contemporary choice), as the following will attest. Amidst of a lot of activity during the month, some of it planned and other parts not, as we will…

January 2020 Update

The first working weekend of the year took place over the weekend of the 18th/19th and was well attended. Perennial BLR stalwart, Bob Greenhalgh, takes up the story. The first working weekend of the year was a bit chilly, so the first job of the day was to defrost and…

December 2019 Update

As the month crept inexorably to its end, the BLR can reflect on a distinctly good year, and rather than going into details, we include here the General Manager’s erudite resumé which encapsulates everything, addressed as it is to staff, volunteers and everyone who is involved in our railway. As…

November 2019 Update

After the end of the ‘running’ season, you might imagine that all goes quiet as the railway goes into hibernation but, if anything, life at the Bala Lake Railway over the winter invariably gets busier with lots of routine maintenance being scheduled along with mechanical upgrades in the loco shed.…