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…

June 2017 Update

June 2017 Update The railway received the following announcement from Trip Advisor just before the end of the month. “We are pleased to announce that the Bala Lake Railway has been recognised with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you have earned on Trip Advisor.…

May 2017 Update

May 2017 Update What a month! As you will read, May was month to remember, with the 50th anniversary of Maid Marian entering preservation, the Spring Bank Holiday event breaking records plus other achievements. Bearing in mind that the BLR has only three permanent staff, one comment at the end…

April 2017 Update

April 2017 Update The railway really hit the ground running this year, and the reason why can be seen from a glance at the timetable. In March, there was one operational day, but April featured over 70% of days with a four train schedule. Staggered half term periods and a…

March 2017 Update

March 2017 Update We all know the old adage about London buses, nothing for a while then two arrive in quick succession. After last month’s announcement about the acquisition of land in Bala Town for the site of the Terminus Station, we are truly thrilled to make a second announcement…

February 2017 Update

February 2017 Update As usual during the winter months, there has been a continued hive of activity on the railway, with a great deal of continued work on the trackbed, as well as continuing maintenance and repairs on what is referred to as ‘Boathouse Bridge’ at the Bala end of…

January 2017 Update

January 2017 Update It is regularly reckoned, by those in the know, that the off-season of a railway is busier than when trains are running, and the Bala Lake Railway is a case in point. We start this new year with a round-up of what has been happening in Llanuwchllyn.…

December 2016 Update

December 2016 Update The Santa Specials reflected what the Bala Lake Railway has achieved throughout 2016. Over the two days of Santa activity, the trains were filled to capacity, even the extra service which was organised for the Saturday afternoon. The weather did nothing to dissuade visitors and, even though…