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BLRS President's Appeal

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£3,000raised of £5,000 target by 36 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund urgent repairs to the Bala Lake Railway's signal box at Llanuwchllyn, under an appeal launched by BLRS President Peter Miller.


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Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Llyn / Tegid Bala Lake Railway Society


Bala Lake Railway's signal box at Llanuwchllyn occupies a prominent position on the platform. It is a rare G.W.R. Type 5 box and houses the last G.W.R. double twist lever frame still signalling passenger trains on its original site. The signal box is routinely open on operational days, our visitors being encouraged to visit.

The signal box really is the jewel in the Bala Lake Railway's crown. However it is currently in a poor state of repair.

The main problem is rot. At the station end, the boards on the gable need complete replacement as does the corner post supporting the roof. The steps need to be replaced, repairs are needed to the door and windows need heavy repair / replacement.

It is proposed that repairs are undertaken using hardwood that will last very many years. Work will be progressed by our in-house carpentry team. Once the work is done, the box will need a repaint, the brickwork will need re-pointing and, to finish the job in style, it is proposed that the box receive a cast G.W.R nameboard.

Having led the way with a VERY significant donation of his own, BLRS President Peter Miller has launched an appeal to raise funds to complete the work and to cover contingencies.


All donations received will be used to buy the materials that will restore the glory of this historically important signal box.

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  • BLRS President's Appeal1 month ago
    BLRS President's Appeal

    BLRS President's Appeal

    1 month ago

    As November dawns, an update. Firstly, very many thanks from all at the BLRS to those who have been so generous with donations to date. Including donations via other means the total received stood at £3750 a few days ago. As reported in the new edition of Llanuwchllyn Express (the journal of the BLRS) work to repair the signal box has commenced - but sadly has revealed the state of the signal box to be quite a lot worse than initially considered. As a result the BLRS Committee has asked that the target sum be raised - hence today's revision.

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  • BLRS President's Appeal5 months ago
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    BLRS President's Appeal

    5 months ago

    Hello Bala Lake Railway supporters. A quick update. The totaliser on JustGiving now stands at £1500 - which is fantastic news. Thank you to all who have taken a moment to read our page - and another to share and donate. The target still stands at £2000 - but that is just a number on the page. We'd like to exceed it - the more we manage to raise, the more materials and required items we can purchase, the quicker we can get the job done. Our volunteer carpenters are already hard at work - you might spot them on the BLR webcam.

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  • BLRS President's Appeal6 months ago
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    BLRS President's Appeal

    6 months ago

    It's 20th June and we at the BLR have been thrilled and delighted with the generous support offered to our recently lauched appeal. As I write the initial target of £1000 is all but reached. We've received some small donations, we've received some franly astonishing donations - and all are so very welcome and will help us to renovate, repair and enhance the signal box. I am today extending the appeal target - which is now set at £2000. Initial works have already begun but we have a long way to go. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

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6 months ago

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Page last updated on: 10/30/2019 22.36



  • Anonymous


    Oct 30, 2019

    the more the merrier!


  • Anonymous


    Aug 23, 2019

    Ychydig mwy!


  • Reg Instone

    Reg Instone

    Aug 10, 2019

    The BLRS have made an excellent job of keeping this GWR type 5 signalbox and double twist locking frame in working order. Long may they continue to do so.Many thanks to Dan who allowed me to inspect


  • Anonymous


    Jul 27, 2019


  • Mike Rogers

    Mike Rogers

    Jul 21, 2019

    Every little helps!


  • David Fildes

    David Fildes

    Jul 16, 2019

    Got to keep Bernard warm and dry


  • Anonymous


    Jul 9, 2019

    Ychydig mwy i helpu'r ymgyrch!


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This page has been created by Nick Talbot, Bala Lake Railway Society Committee member, Bala Lake Railway Fireman and editor of the BLRS quarterly journal Llanuwchllyn Express, approved by BLRS Chairman Dave Rutt, BLRS Treasurer Dave Scotson and BLRS President Peter Miller. ​

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