Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid - Bala Lake Railway Society

Llanuwchllyn station drawingThe Bala Lake Railway relies on the volunteers of the Bala Lake Railway Society, who turn out to help staff the trains, repair the engines and coaches, and relay the track, as well as the hundred-and-one other vital jobs which go to make up the work of a railway company.

The Society was founded in 1973 to act as a support for the Bala Lake Railway Company in the operation of the Railway, it does this by providing practical Volunteer and Financial support.

You are invited to join in the real fun of working on our 2ft gauge railway along the shores of the beautiful Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). We would be delighted to welcome you as either “armchair” member or a working volunteer, there are a vast number of tasks waiting to be tackled, ranging from Train Crews (Guards, Signalmen, Drivers and Fireman) to Engineering (Engineers, Painters, Joiners and Track workers).

Our comparatively small membership means that there are always more jobs to be done than there are volunteers to fill them, so anyone interested in joining will be given a very warm welcome. Whatever your skills, age or aspirations we will provide any training required. At the same time we would hope to provide you with both enjoyment & satisfaction. All we need is your support!

Besides the opportunity to work on the railway, Society members receive a quarterly illustrated magazine keeping them in touch with what is happening at the Railway. They also enjoy some free travel and privilege fares on certain other preserved lines.

Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid is a friendly organisation, which though small at the moment is growing as the railway gains popularity. We hope that you will be one of the increasing number who fall under the spell of our unique little line and will want to lend us your support. Whether that support is moral or active, you are assured of a warm welcome.

For those visiting the line and wishing to stay overnight there are a number of B&Bs and campsites nearby or working volunteers can use accommodation provided at Llanuwchllyn station.

Do come and join us and help us to run our Railway.

Members’ benefits:

  • The Society’s full-colour quarterly magazine, the Llanuwchllyn Express, which keeps members in touch with the Railway and related matters
  • Free travel on the railway, subject to availability of seats (max 3 return trips per year)
  • A voice and vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • Society Members Day (to coincide with the AGM)
  • Access to the society members area website, with a growing archive of Llanuwchllyn Express back issues.
  • Involvement with a new and friendly group of like minded people
  • Being part of The Bala Lake Railway

Membership Rates

Adult £18.00
Associate (spouse/partner) £12.00
Family £36.00
Senior (over 65) £13.50
Junior (under 21) £12.00
Dog £2.00
Overseas membership supplement (Europe) £5.50
Overseas membership supplement (Rest of World) £9.00

Life Membership Rates

Adult Life Member (18 – 64) £395.00
Associate Life Membership (spouse/partner) £280.00
Senior Life Membership (over 65) £250.00
Senior Associate Life Membership (over 65 spouse/partner) £210.00
Dog of Life Member £10.00

Joining the Society

Membership applications can be submitted by post or email, with payment by PayPal, Credit/Debit card or Bank transfer.

Payment by Cheque during Covid-19: Banking cheques during the Covid crisis is proving to be problematic, so please send us your payment electronically if at all possible. We cannot currently guarantee when cheque payments will be processed.

Full details are in the membership application form.

If you wish to renew your membership, you may also use the payment details in the membership form, but there is no need to fill in and send a copy of the form to us.

Use the links below to download the society membership application form and privacy policy:

Officers of the Society

Name Role Name Role
Peter Miller President Nick Talbot Magazine Editor
Julian Birley Vice President Francis Stapleton Heritage Officer
Brian Bennett Vice President Ben Barnes Committee Member
Vacant Chairman Dave Fildes Committee Member
Tim Williams Vice Chairman (Acting Chairman till 2022 AGM) Thomas Haynes Committee Member
Matthew Peacock Hon Secretary Rob Houghton Committee Member
Dave Scotson Treasurer Peter Newhouse Committee Member
Cathy Houghton Joint Membership Secretary Bob Newton Committee Member
Martin Houghton Joint Membership Secretary

Contacting the Society


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