Bala Lake Railway
Location: 52 58N 3 10W; UK National Grid Ref: SH 929 350
Tel: +44 (0)1678 540666Fax: +44 (0)1678 540535
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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.
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.
For the 2014 season the BLR is open on the following days (all dates inclusive);
July and August The railway is open daily
September 1st to 28th Daily except Mondays and Fridays
October 28th, 29th and 30th
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
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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