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Today the  line runs from  Llanuwchllyn, to the outskirts of Bala 4½ miles away.   The smaller scale of the railway's operation, of the old buildings and locomotives means the railway has all the charm of the old fashioned narrow gauge railway.

 

When you visit , have a chat with the staff and volunteeres and you might be able to visit the signal box and loco shed/workshop. There are going to be even more wonderful engines at Bala soon!

       

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Alice

Winifred

Maid Marian

Holy War

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Lady Madcap

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The Bala Lake Railway

' It's always great to meet you at Alice Gala Events, teling stories, cartooning and signing books.. and I hope you like my ever changing cartoon model railway ! ' Pauline

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 Listen out for the clickety clacks on the track as you go over each fishplate

Alice and Maid Marian

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Faces made at saddletank studios  by Pauline

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Fun driving Alice with help and advice from Julian Birley,  owner of Alice and Winifred, who supplied the information for the first 3 story books.

 

The home of Alice and Winifred

Come to the next Alice day on 27th July 2019

Engines at Bala

 

                               FACTS IN THE BOOKS

 

The true history of

Alice The LIttle Welsh Engine

 

You can still visit Alice's shed up in the Dinorwic mountain, on Australia level. It's a fantastic climb. A lot of the buildings and machinery are still there. I counted 40 wild goats when I went up, and the slate mountain is stunning.

Chris Scott really did keep Alice in his garden and she was pulled through the village behind a tractor. The marks in the ground are still there. And dear Mrs Hyde sold books on the platform to raise money for her repair.

 

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Great to have advice and help from David Shepherd too, and all his funny stories.

Winifred Goes to America

& Winifred Comes Home

 

This engine is older than Alice and she really did travel across to America on the Manchester Progress. There's a photo of the 3 guys unloading her at the dock which I used as reference and she really was lot no. 1  in the auction.

And of course she was brought back with Ogwen and Glyder, by Graham Morris (owner of Peter Pan ) and Julian Birley in the sequel which is all documented in a video too.

 

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Graham Morris and Birley who feature in Winifred Comes Home.

The Bala Lake Railway

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https://bala-lake-railway.co.uk