On the 4 August 1868, the Bala and Dolgelly Railway opened, the last section of the standard gauge line linking Ruabon to Barmouth Junction. The railway was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in July 1877. The line was officially closed on 18 January 1965, with the lifting of the track completed in 1969.
This was not the end of trains between Bala and Llanuwchllyn. In 1972, George Barnes founded the Bala Lake Railway (Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid in Welsh). The first trains ran from Llanuwchllyn to Pentrepiod, with the line extended to Llangower in 1975, with trains reaching the former Bala Lake Halt, now called Bala (Pen-y-bont) in 1976.
On the day of my visit, the 1917 Kerr Stuart locomotive, Diana, was in charge of the trains.
Usually there is only one train operating. There is a loop at Llangower which is occaisionally used when a two train service is in operation.
A major appeal is in progress to extend the line from the current terminus at Pen-y-Bont to the west side of Bala, given the name The Red Dragon Project.