Rail enthusiasts will love this narrow gauge line, once part of the GWR's standard gauge Ruabon-Bala-Barmouth run. Unlike other (in my experience) Welsh narrow gauge railways, at the Bala Lake staff actively encourage visitors to go behind the scenes. This includes checking out the operational signal box and engine shed at Llanuwchllyn, the line's western terminus. Staff were happy to give up their time for an impromptu guided tour. The run itself, about an hour return, is enjoyable, with good views of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). One or two Trip Advisor reviewers have complained about foliage obscuring the water but save for one or two stretches we didn't find it a problem. A volunteer told me that a programme of tree lopping is planned. Free parking, a tea room and souvenir shop can be found at Llanuwchllyn, where much of the GWR infrastructure remains intact. Locomotives used on the Bala Lake Railway are former Welsh quarry workhorses built by the world famous Hunslet Engine Company (Leeds).
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