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£965raised of £2,000 target by 22 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 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 Appeal6 days ago
    BLRS President's Appeal

    BLRS President's Appeal

    6 days 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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  • Neil Bates

    Neil Bates

    Jun 20, 2019


  • Luke Butler

    Luke Butler

    Jun 20, 2019

    The social heart of the railway :)

  • Anonymous


    Jun 20, 2019

    Good luck with the repairs to the signalbox.


  • Anonymous


    Jun 20, 2019

    Long live the railways.


  • Meirion Gwril

    Meirion Gwril

    Jun 20, 2019

    Ymlaen i ganol y dre!!


  • Joseph Knappett

    Joseph Knappett

    Jun 20, 2019

    Here’s a small contribution to take you over the halfway mark!


  • Nerys


    Jun 19, 2019

    My favourite lake-side steam railway.


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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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