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photoblog image Wales 3/4  Bala Lake Railway

Wales 3/4 Bala Lake Railway

Wales has a lot of narrow gauge railways throughout the country but one that gets very little mention is the Bala Lake Railway near the town and lake of the same name.

Built on the trackbed of the old Ruabon to Barmouth standard gauge railway it runs between Llanuwchllyn and what was Pen-y-Bont Halt near Bala.

The locomotive shown here is called Holy War and was built in 1902 when she was supplied to the Dinorwic slate quarry where she remained until 1967.  Following that she went to several homes before finding her way to the Bala Lake Railway.

The coaches shown here were made by a local firm in Bala specifically for the railway.

This is a very pleasant ride along the banks of the lake and more information can be found at http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/  (As usual, of course, it rained whilst we were there!)

 

Wales 3/4 Bala Lake Railway

Wales has a lot of narrow gauge railways throughout the country but one that gets very little mention is the Bala Lake Railway near the town and lake of the same name.

Built on the trackbed of the old Ruabon to Barmouth standard gauge railway it runs between Llanuwchllyn and what was Pen-y-Bont Halt near Bala.

The locomotive shown here is called Holy War and was built in 1902 when she was supplied to the Dinorwic slate quarry where she remained until 1967.  Following that she went to several homes before finding her way to the Bala Lake Railway.

The coaches shown here were made by a local firm in Bala specifically for the railway.

This is a very pleasant ride along the banks of the lake and more information can be found at http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/  (As usual, of course, it rained whilst we were there!)

 

comments (9)

The old train small that was maintained. the photograph with the fresh atmosphere.
Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Bram, there are several little trains like this in Wales, all just as delightful.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Jul 2008, 03:38
Great capture
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your very kind comment Vintage.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jul 2008, 09:00
On of the great little trains of Wales Brian, well caught. I once went to the Bala Lake railway, it was closed.
Brian Walbey: What a shame it wasn't open when you went there Les, it is quite a nice ride along by the lake, even in the rain!
Great capture of this cute little train Brian. I like the framing.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, the frame was from a picture in a library book of old photos, and it was white. I scanned the page in the book, Magic Wanded the frame and got rid of the picture, leaving me the frame to use in whatever colour I like to make it.
  • FLOOG
  • Bathing in tranquility
  • 3 Jul 2008, 14:41
What a terrific photograph, Brain.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul for sounding so enthusiastic about my photo of this little train.
Richard stole my words ... what a cutie. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it made a change from photographing the big stuff at Loughborough.
I remember going on this many years ago. I love these little narrow gauge railways. Like your rather clever frame Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, the frame was scanned from a library book with this type of frame on some of the pictures. I used the Magic wand to extract the frame and deleted the picture, thus I can use the frame whenever I like and change the colour at will.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 3 Jul 2008, 20:48
bloody eck Bill's showing his age off if he can admit to riding on thissmileLooks that small i can not believe people actually went on journey's on it, that said its a fine image Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, like most of these little trains they are a bit rocky when you are going along but they are amazing little bits of engineering.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 9 Jul 2008, 20:38
Missed this when posted. Although I've ridden on the Ffestiniog Railway several times and the re-opened Welsh Highland last year, I've never been to the Bala Lake Railway either. Somehow, it seems a bit false to my mind but I'm sure it brings a lot of pleasure to people and money to the town. I like the view shown here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for catching up with this Alan, it is actually built on the trackbed of the full size railway that ran here before closure. It is still quite a pleasant ride if you ever pass that way.

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