April 2018 Update

As we mentioned last month, the Easter break, being a moving feast from one year to the next, has a big impact on travelling numbers at the start of the season and makes planning even more difficult. An early Easter straddling the end of March and early April is never…

March 2018 Update

Donations of railwayana to the Bala Lake Railway are always appreciated but, very occasionally, something of great relevance suddenly appears, the kindness of which takes us by surprise. In this instance, we received a call out of the proverbial blue from a renowned collector of railwayana in Bristol, Keith Skilleter.…

February 2018 Update

February 2018 Update February was a month of relative contradictions, with conditions ranging from spring-like and damp to decidedly wintry. Needless to say, during the half-term services, snow fell and the loco rostered for these duties was Maid Marian which is open to the elements. However, that did nothing to…

January 2018 Update

As anyone involved with railways will know only too well, the winter season is one of great and varied activity behind the scenes, as well as preparations for the start of passenger services, this year coinciding with half term in mid-February. What follows will give a flavour of the huge…

December 2017 Update

December 2017 Update 2017 was another record year for the Bala Lake Railway, with overall numbers of passengers up by 5% over those of 2016, itself a record year for the railway. On top of that, much progress has happened with the Red Dragon Project, our ambitious plan to extend…

November 2017 Update

November 2017 Update The passenger season has ended, activity on the Bala Lake Railway has slowed down and the pressure of everyday life has diminished dramatically. You might think that, but we would definitely comment otherwise! The Halloween Specials were, as always, a resounding success and we send huge thanks…

October 2017 Update

October 2017 Update October 2017 was a month of success and innovation, and while the overall passenger numbers for the month were marginally down on the same month last year, we had exceeded the overall yearly total for 2016 by the 26th of the month, not forgetting that last year’s…

September 2017 Update

September 2017 Update After the huge success of the railway’s traditional August Bank Holiday four-day extravaganza, life has now returned to ‘normal’, if any railway activity can be termed thus. The BLR has been on a proverbial roll all year and passenger figures have been consistently better than those of…

August 2017 Update

August 2017 Update August was another good month on the railway, with passenger numbers up again on the same period last year. But the highlight was the four-day Bank Holiday Steam Gala, passenger numbers for which were up by no less than 19% over last year’s Gala. What made this…

July 2017 Update

July 2017 Update On the very last day of the month, we received exciting news from the Bala Lake Railway Trust about more progress with the extension into Bala Town. After months of hard work, the Trust is delighted to announce that further land for the new Bala Town Station…