Alice the little Welsh engine

 Croeso, welcome to the award winning Bala Lake Railway 
"Home of Alice the Little Welsh Engine"   

Volunteering at the Bala Lake Railway

Firnam coaling up the locomotiveCome and join us!

Have you ever toyed with the idea or wondered what it would be like to work on a narrow gauge steam railway, but weren’t sure how to go about it or how much time you have to commit?

Can you see yourself on a locomotive footplate, in the guards’ van, helping with your engineering skills or perhaps just wielding a paintbrush or lawn mower helping keep everything spick and span? Well on the Bala Lake Railway we can make it a reality!

Did you know that the Bala Lake Railway depends on volunteers for its operations? The guard who sells your tickets and the crew of the locomotive pulling your train are probably giving their time voluntarily, doing something they love. Meanwhile, the track the train runs on and our stations are all kept by our small, friendly band of maintenance volunteers.

If you’ve long harboured dreams of calling yourself an engine driver or signalman, are perhaps looking for some railway or tourist orientated work experience, or just have some spare time you’re looking to fill, we’d only be too pleased to hear from you. Prior experience or skills are in no way essential, provided you’re in good health and have some time to spare we can certainly find you something to do! Full training to suit you and your availability can be provided.

With the railway being well publicised over the past few years due to the increase in events / visiting locos and in the process of extending into the town of Bala our volunteer base will have to increase over the next number of years so come join our merry band and help take the railway that is going somewhere go that bit further down the track.

Click the links below to see profiles for some of the different roles available:

Loco Crew Guard/Signalman Wednesday Gang General Maintenance

‘But you’re too far away!’

Guard at LlangowerThis is something the narrow gauge railways of North Wales often hear from potential volunteers. The fact is, that we’re less than 50 miles from Shrewsbury or Chester. We also have dedicated volunteer accommodation on-site at our Llanuwchllyn Headquarters, which you can stay in for a nominal fee. If you’ve a caravan or campervan, there is space on-site for those too.

You’ll find that joining the BLR isn’t just about becoming a volunteer – it’s joining a community of friendly, enthused individuals who share a common interest and passion. Evenings can be as important a part of your volunteering experience as the days if you so wish, eating at the excellent Eagles Inn in Llanuwchllyn or cooking something back at the Station and enjoying some social time.

Find out more……

We’re always pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining our small, friendly band of volunteers, so feel free to contact us via email at or give us a ring on 01678 540666.

Taster session - 29th April 2018

This year, make it the year you take the leap. We are running a special volunteer recruitment and experience day, so why not book and register your interest? Taking place on Sunday 29th April 2018, the day will give you an opportunity to spend time with train crew in their working environments (and have a go yourself under supervision), get a taste of what our maintenance teams get up to outside and in the engine shed, and experience our small, friendly atmosphere that makes the BLR special.

Why not register your interest now by filling out the form below...

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