Alice the little Welsh engine

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

Heritage Corner

As part of the on-going development of the Bala Lake Railway we are planning several heritage related upgrades to the line. Each of these small projects will require minimal but essential funding to make them happen.

Donations to these projects can be made via the Bala Lake Railway Trust with Gift Aid being recoverable if you are a UK taxpayer by clicking here

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Our first two projects, the restoration of both the Bontnewydd Lamp Hut and our platform trolleys, are detailed below...


Bontnewydd Lamp HutBontnewydd Lamp Hut

During February of 2018, work began on renewing the signalling at Llangower. This included the replacement of the signal box which is a reclaimed lamp hut. The lamp hut came from Bontnewydd Station just outside Dolgellau.

Bontnewydd Lamp HutThe A494 ran alongside this station and after the lines closure to all traffic in May 1964 and was demolished, the area was re landscaped and the road widened. However for some reason the lamp hut (now the only surviving piece of the station) remained intact at the side of the road in its original position. The Hut survived nearly 20 years at the side of the road until it was dismantled and brought to Llanuwchllyn. It was tidied up and taken to Llangower to serve as signal box.

The exposed location at Llangower had not been kind to the hut and corrosion has set in, as well as minor vandalism over the years. It was removed in one piece as to not cause further damage as it is now planned to restore the hut and place it at the end of platform 2 at Llanuwchllyn on the site of the stations original lamp hut. The huts condition is poor and will require some new tin work, window, roof and repaint as well as the laying of a slab for its new position.

The estimated cost of the project is £250, if we manage to raise more than this we will allocate any excess to our planned future projects.

 
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Llanuwchllyn Platform Trolleys

Located around Llanuwchllyn station, there are various platform trolleys and sack trucks. Donated to the railway by numerous people, they add very important theatre and on their own are important artefacts from the period.

Platform Trolley 

However time and the weather are catching up with them and some are showing signs of rot and corrosion. We would like to raise funds to restore these items so their continued display can be made possible.

Among the items are, two platform trolleys, three sack trucks, milk churns, scales, benches and a phone box. We are looking to raise £300 to enable us to purchase the necessary materials to restore these items, if we manage to raise more than this we will allocate any excess to our planned future projects.

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Next project coming soon!!!

With the continued success of our 'Heritage Corner' and with work underway on the above projects we are currently planning our next project which we will announce soon.

Following all the generous donations so far we already have a small balance that we will carry over to the next project.

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