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image for Railway Event item typeSteam Gala at Bala Lake Railway

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Railway Event, Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Bala Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway


This August Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of our annual steam extravaganza, and the welcoming of our newest locomotive 'George B' to the operational fleet! With an intensive timetable, five operational Quarry Hunslets and a lots of activity, this is sure to be a great weekend!

We are busy planning an enthusiasts heritage timetable featuring lots of activity including demonstration freight trains.

Operating locomotives (All subject to availability):
Alice, Hunslet works no. 780
George B, Hunslet works no. 680
Holy War, Hunslet works no. 779
Maid Marian, Hunslet works no. 822
Winifred, Hunslet works no. 364

Attractions include:
George B's first gala appearance in preservation
Maid Marian running in original cab-less condition
An intensive timetable utilising our entire fleet of operational steam locomotives
Demonstration Dinorwic, Penrhyn and Hopper wagon freight trains
'Double-Headed' Hunslets
A one-off 'Triple-Headed' Red Cab-less Hunslet Special (Saturday Night only)

Attractions at Llanuwchllyn:
Access to the locomotive shed to see Peckett 0-6-0 'Triassic' awaiting overhaul
Access to the Signal Box at Llanuwchllyn (Operations permitting)
Café serving hot and cold light refreshments (including ice creams and cake; of course!)
Picnic area with great views of the station, watching the locomotives pottering about the station
Miniature Railway offering rides along the platform
Model Railways
Locomotive Owning Group stands and stalls
Our fleet of heritage narrow gauge wagons will be on display around the station and yard between a number of demonstration freight train trips between Llanuwchllyn and Llangower (details to follow)
View locomotives being serviced at the water tower between duties
Lots of activity with locomotives shunting about the station
A special loco cavalcade 'Up the Bank' and into Llanuwchllyn station (Saturday Evening only)

Attractions at Bala:
Free vintage Bus Service between Bala Station and the town
Cab visits to locomotives whilst they rest between duties on the platform (operations permitting)
Miniature Railway offering rides along the platform
Display showing our future extension plans into Bala Town
A Ticket Office will be open throughout the four days at Bala Station

Please note: there is only road-side parking available at Bala Station. Passengers wishing to join the train at Bala are encouraged to park in Bala town and use the connecting vintage bus service (free) or to park at Llanuwchllyn Station where there is plenty of free parking available.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug 2017
Train departures from Llanuwchllyn from 09:25 to 16:00 (also at 17:45 on Saturday & Sunday).


Our normal fares apply for rides during the Gala. In addition the following 'Rover' tickets are available for those wanting to spend some more time riding the trains:-
Day Rover: Adult £18.00, Concession £16.00, Child £6.00 on Friday & Monday
Day Rover: Adult £20.00, Concession £18.00, Child £6.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 17 Aug Barbeque Specials
Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug Steam Gala
Sat 28 Oct Halloween Trains
Tue 31 Oct Halloween Trains
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Dec Santa Trains


Llanuwchlyn Station,
LL23 7DD



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Map reference: SH 882299  Lat: 52.85494 Long: -3.66180

Off the A494 at Llanuwchllyn
Free parking at Llanuwchlyn

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 23 miles from Barmouth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome