The glory of steam in the heart of Wales
This picturesque railway on the shores of Lake Bala/Llyn Tegid was originally part of the Great Western Line from the Midlands to Barmouth on Cardigan Bay. When this section of the line was axed in 1965 during the Beeching cuts, volunteers converted a 4½-mile section to narrow-gauge and reopened it as a private railway. The 2-ft (60-cm) gauge meant that the line could carry steam locomotives that had once served the slate quarries of Gwynedd, many of which were built by Hunslet of Leeds.
The Bala Lake Railway is a member of the Great Little Trains of Wales. It is a must-see for enthusiasts of steam, not to mention those who wish to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lake Bala/Llyn Tegid from the comfort of their carriage.
Bala Lake Railway
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Buggy Access
- Good Walks Nearby
- Picnic Area
- Wheelchair Access
For full timetables and fares, visit the Bala Lake Railway website
Llanuwchllyn is just off the A494 at the south western end of Bala Lake
Barmouth - 22 miles
Nearest bus stop Ysgol, Llanuwchllyn (Llanuwchllyn school) - ½ mile
Llyn Tegid cycle route nearby
Wheelchair access to station and ramps to carriages. No disabled toilets.
Full Figure Grid Reference: Llanuwchllyn (main station): SH 881300
OS Landranger map sheet: 125
- 01678 540666
- Bala Lake Railway, Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd , LL23 7DD