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Location: 52 58N 3 10W; UK National Grid Ref: SH 929 350

Enquiries to:
Bala Lake, Llanuwchllyn, BALA, Gwynedd,
United Kingdom. LL23 7DD

Tel: +44 (0)1678 540666 Fax: +44 (0)1678 540535
Email: balalake@btconnect.com

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One of the Great Little Trains of Wales, the Bala Lake Railway is of 1ft 11½in gauge which operates along 4½ miles of track along the southern shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) on the headwaters of the River Dee.
Set in the heart of Snowdonia, the National Park in the north west corner of Wales, the BLR uses part of the trackbed of the former Bala and Dolgellau Railway (see also the Llangollen Railway), and opened as a tourist line in 1976 using locomotives which once worked in the slate quarries of the area. Depending on the weather, open or closed coaches are used to carry passengers.
Its main station is at Llanuwchllyn, but there are other stations at Llangower and Bala, and halts at Pentrepiod and Bryn Hynod.
The engine sheds, refreshment rooms and souvenir shop is located at Llanuwchllyn, while at Llangower there is a picnic site on the shore of the lake, with toilet facilities.

2014 Days, times and fares

Single trips last 25 minutes, and although the round trip between Llanuwchllyn and Bala lasts one hour, in the reverse direction the Bala - Bala round trip takes an hour-and-a-half on account of trains taking on coal and water when they arrive at Llanuwchllyn. Trains leave Llangower ten minutes after leaving Llanuwchllyn, and fifteen minutes after leaving Bala.
Pentrepiod and Bryn Hafod Halts are request stops, please signal clearly to the driver if you want to join the train.
Please Note:
Trains finish their days' work at Llanuwchllyn, so it is not possible to make a return trip with the last departure from Bala.

For the 2014 season the BLR is open on the following days (all dates inclusive);

Special Events

November 1st Halloween Specials (First train at 4.00pm)
December 6th and 7th Santa Specials
Check with the Railway nearer the dates for full details, fares and timings


Trains leave Llanuwchllyn at 11.15am, 12.50pm, 2.25pm and 4.00pm
Return from Bala at 11.50am, 1.25pm, 3.00pm and 4.35pm.

April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th; and Dates in October, there are just two round trips, leaving Llanuwchllyn at 12.15 and 2.25pm; and returning from Bala at 12.50pm and 3.00pm


Single fares between Llanuwchllyn and Bala are:
Adult, £6.50; Senior Citizens £6.50; Unaccompanied children (5 - 15 years), £2.00.

Return fares are £9.50 for adults, £9.00 for senior citizens, and £3 for unaccompanied children.
There are Family Saver return fares of £11.50 for one adult plus one child, £23.00 for two adults plus two children, with additional children charged at £2.50.
Children under 5 years of age travel free.

How to get there

Llanuwchllyn and Bala are on the A4403, off the A494 road between Corwen and Dolgellau. They are served by bus route 94 from Corwen and Dolgellau, and by Clippa bus No 69 from Corwen.
The 94 bus service also connects with the national rail network at Wrexham or Barmouth.

For details of connecting services, including travel planner and timetables, visit the Traveline Cymru website.

To join the Bala Lake Railway as a volunteer, visit the Bala Lake Railway's official Website

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