March 2014 Update

March 2014 Update Unlike a classic car, or something elderly of that ilk, perhaps the busiest time of the year for a railway is the lead-up to the start of the season, as there seems not to be enough time to get everything done. But the Bala Lake team has…

February 2014 Update

February 2014 Update One word was on everyone’s mind during the last month – storms.  But happily, apart from power cuts, no serious damage was sustained by the railway or the infrastructure.  However, it prompted some improvements to the benefit of all, and even with the worst that nature could…

December 2013 Update

December 2013 Update December may be a month of temptation to wind down prematurely for the festivities, but not at Llanuwchllyn, where there was much activity.  Progress continued and projects needed finishing. Carriage & Wagon By the time this is read, the Padarn Brakeman’s Van will be complete.  It has…

November 2013 Update

November 2013 Update As in any aspect of preservation, whether it be railways, aircraft, road vehicles or whatever, a project completion date verges on the fictitious, as there is always something else that merits attention.  Boats, however, are a different question, and the word ‘boat’ is frequently (and most appropriately)…

October 2013 Update

October 2013 Update Roy Hardiman It is sad to report that Roy Hardiman has resigned as Company Secretary and Director of the Bala Lake Railway after a 37 year association with the railway. Roy was General Manager at Llanuwchllyn for many years.  His long-planned move to Blackpool has come about…

September 2013 Update

September 2013 Update For a small preserved railway with only three permanent staff, there is always a lot of activity taking place, and this is working hand in hand with the perennial enthusiasm of volunteers, who cover a myriad number of skills. Heritage Rolling Stock One weekend in mid-September was…

August 2013 Update

August 2013 Update August is a traditional holiday month, and the railway has been very busy indeed.  The (mostly) fine and dry weather brought a distinctly healthy increase in the number of visitors to the railway, which is renowned for its beautiful lakeside vistas.  Passenger numbers for last month were…