Model Show and Festival of Transport

25th, 26th and 27th May, The Great Little Trains Model Show

26th & 27th May, Bala Lake Festival of Transport

Two great family shows on one weekend at either end of the railway and the best way to get from one to the other is by train, plus a connecting vintage bus service between the model show, local carparks and Bala station. We’re putting on an extensive timetable with frequent departures so you can park once and enjoy a great day out.

The Great Little Trains model show will be held at Ysgol Y Berwyn in Bala, while the Festival of Transport will be held in the camp-site field adjoining Llanuwchllyn station.

The model show will feature around 30 layouts with trade support, with a focus on narrow gauge models.

The Festival of Transport will have a wide range of vintage vehicles on display.

Note: There is a separate charge for both the Model Show and the Festival of Transport:

Model Show: Adults £5 – Family (2+2) £10
Festival of Transport: Adults £5 – Family (2+2) £12 – Children (under 16) £3

Railway Timetable

Timetable: pinkNot Mon
Llanuwchllyndep10.1011.0011.5012.401.302.203.104.005.20*
Llangowerdep10.2011.1012.0012.501.402.303.204.105.30
Balaarr10.3511.2512.151.051.552.453.354.255.45
Baladep10.5011.4012.301.202.103.003.504.355.50*
Llangowerdep11.1012.0012.501.402.303.204.104.506.05
Llanuwchllynarr11.2512.151.051.552.453.354.255.006.20
* Not Mondays

Click here to view a selection of photos from the 2018 model show.

Confirmed layouts at the Model Show

  • ‘The Forth Railway Bridge’ Doug Knightly T Gauge
  • ‘Lakeside Park’ T Gauge Alan Ramsey
  • ‘Green Pond Mine’ OO9/Hof Richard & Judy Wallace
  • ‘Dogfriol’ OO9/Hof/Hon3 Richard & Judy Wallace
  • ‘Woolthorpe Light Railway OO9-Richard& Judy Wallace
  • ‘Teifi Gorge’ OO9 Shaun Butler/ Pat Browne.
  • ‘Chwarel Cwm Bach 2.0’ (work in progress), 009, by Tim Williams
  • ‘Castell Coed’ John Wooden Ffestiniog Railway
  • ‘Arnold Lane’, 009, by John Wooden Ffestiniog Railway
  • ‘Cheese Factory’, 009,by John Wooden Ffestiniog Railway
  • ‘Dinorwic Quarry’ by Julian Birley As Featured in Modelrail O-16.5 Welsh Quarry Detailed Layout
  • ‘Colwyn Valley Light Railway’ OO9 Dave Roberts
  • ‘North Winterton’ by Martin Hallett, 009
    • and a new Pizza Layout in OO9
  • ‘Amlwch’ OO9 Chester MRC
  • ‘Rof35b’ Craig Taylor Wrexham Wings MC, OO9
  • ‘Cynwyd N Gauge’ Gerry & Jema Byrne
  • ‘Sandside’ N Gauge John Parkinson
  • ‘Coed Helen’ Nn3 by Ian Coe
  • ‘Roarkes Landing’ HOn3 George Woolnough
  • ‘West Ridge’ MT Hon4 George Woolnough
  • ‘Amlwch’ N by John Farrell Chester MRC
  • 5.5mm Display Peter Blackham
  • Crazy Anna Mine, 5.5mm, Francis Stapleton
  • ‘Forest Green’ Rob Wish
  • ‘Underground Ernie’ Norman & Shelia Beaumont
  • ‘Francis Road Halt’ Peter & Toby Hollis-Jones
  • ‘Portfadog’ 5.5mm Peter & Toby Hollis-Jones
  • ‘Mary Jane’s Mushroom Farm Martin Rich Gn15
  • ‘Wood Street’ Swindon MRC, John Stevens 0 Gauge
  • Chris Mackenzie Two Mini Layouts SM32 –
  • ‘Walmer Bridge’ Derek Pratt 32mm

Other Displays

  • 009 Society Publicity Stand
  • Historical Narrow Gauge Railway Parts
  • Books & Bala Lake Railway Shop
  • Great Little Trains of Wales Display
  • A Demo Table from the Railway Modeller Magazine
  • A Demo Table from the Hornby Magazine
  • A Demo Table from the Modelrail Magazine
  • Ffestiniog Railway Publicity Stand
  • Fairbourne Railway Publicity Stand
  • Talylyn Railway Publicity Stand New
  • Gyn Valley Tramway

Confirmed traders

  • John Sutton Models & Books
  • Country Park Models
  • Amberley Services Tools & Engineering Parts
  • North Road Trains Bargains in N & 00
  • Ffestiniog Railway Retail Shop & Books
  • TIMPDON Chris MacKenzie, models trade and mini layouts
  • ABC Model Railways T to G Scale New & Pre owned, T to G scale
  • John Parkinson Books & Paintings
  • T Gauge Range of Models & Layout
  • Peter Blackman 5 Inch Gauge Models & Display
  • Dave Angel- A Range of Early Tri-ang & Hornby
  • David Lindfield, Model Rail Baseboards

More layouts and traders will be added to this list as we get confirmations and details.

Railway Timetable

Timetable: pinkNot Mon
Llanuwchllyndep10.1011.0011.5012.401.302.203.104.005.20*
Llangowerdep10.2011.1012.0012.501.402.303.204.105.30
Balaarr10.3511.2512.151.051.552.453.354.255.45
Baladep10.5011.4012.301.202.103.003.504.355.50*
Llangowerdep11.1012.0012.501.402.303.204.104.506.05
Llanuwchllynarr11.2512.151.051.552.453.354.255.006.20
* Not Mondays