A quick visit to Llanuwchllyn at the south western end of the Bala Lake Railway. Built on the formation of the old Ruabon to Barmouth Railway, the railway opened in 1972 and runs between Llanuwchllyn and the former Bala Lake Halt. I chronicled a bit more about the history of the Bala Lake Railway follow a previous visit in August 2016.
Most of the original buildings exist including the station waiting room and signal box. The platforms also remain.
The reason for the visit was a visiting engine from the Ffestiniog Railway – number 4: Palmerston. This was due to all the resident locomotives, Quarry Hunslet locomotives visiting the Ffestiniog Railway for the Hunslet 125 Gala. Upon my arrival, Holy War was sitting loaded and ready to depart.
Also in the railway yard was a London Routemaster bus. Looking at the webcam on 17 July 2018 it still is there.
Under the tree as the end of the main station building was an Allis Chalmers tractor.
In due course Palmerston arrived with a train from the Bala.
After taking coal and water, Palmerston ran round the train to take it back to Bala.
Although Palmerston has no returned tot he Ffestiniog Railway and the resident Hunslet locomotives are back at the Bala Lake Railway, Llanuwchllyn is well worth a visit, including a ride on the train.