December 2020 Update

Lockdowns – nothing! With varying restrictions in December throughout the UK, the amount of work carried out by staff and volunteers during the first three weeks of the month was nothing short of staggering. As this is written post-Christmas, with newer and more stringent restrictions in place for the next…

Christmas 2020 Message

This would seem to be a very opportune time to say thank you for getting us through 2020. Thank you to everyone who visited us this year and travelled on our trains, and to everyone who has donated to our ‘Covid-19’ and ‘Sleeper’ appeals. Your support has been truly amazing!…

November 2020 Update

The old adage that life on the BLR gets busier after the end of the season is so true. With so much activity happening with the BLR and its infrastructure, we still had time to rejoice at three pieces of very good news indeed. May the best come first. The…

October 2020 Update

The Welsh Government’s brave decision to impose a two-week lock-down right over half-term period in an effort to stem the spread of Covid-19 meant that the last day of operations this year on the BLR was Thursday, 22nd October – and what a memorable day it was. Anyone viewing the…

September 2020 Update

Saying that it has been a busy month in Llanuwchllyn for several reasons is something of an understatement, not least the number of passengers who have visited the railway and who booked their tickets online. One of the benefits of our new system is that statistics are available so much…

Covid-19 Update

Welsh Government regulations have been updated. From Monday 14th September, in addition to the requirement to wear a face covering on our trains, you will also be required to wear face coverings in all our indoor spaces. This includes our shop/café, toilets, and Heritage Centre. May we also remind you…

August 2020 Update

What a month! As the pandemic and ensuing restrictions have put a monumental spanner in the workings of most things, the BLR is proud to state that for the month of August, passenger revenues were less than 10% down on August last year! Ironically, the pandemic did actually help too…

July 2020 Update

Who would have thought it? After a tentative start on the 9th July (of which more later), passenger numbers for the first operational month since the lock-down began have proved to be distinctly healthy and, in effect, by the last week not far off those of July five years ago!…

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…