LOTTERY GRANT TO EXTEND BALA LAKE RAILWAY CARRIAGE SHED
The Heritage Lottery Fund has made a £38,500 award to the Bala Lake Railway to extend its Llanuwchllyn carriage shed. The award is linked to the railway’s ‘Red Dragon’ scheme to extend the line into Bala. The extension will allow all the railway’s operational carriages to be stored under cover, with rail access from both ends increasing operational flexibility. It will also allow the BLR’s collection of historic vehicles and outof-service locomotives to be displayed to the public for the first time, with bi-lingual panels and access for disabled visitors. The ability to store locomotives away from the motive power shed and workshop will release the pressure on space in that area. Subject to awarding contracts, the BLR hopes that the extension will be constructed during the summer. More good fortune came to the BLR in March, following the announcement that the first plot of land required for its proposed Bala station had been bought (SR465) A supporter got in touch and offered an £85,000 donation to enable the second plot to be acquired. The Maid Marian locomotive fund will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the handover of its locomotive at Dinorwic quarry on May 6. The locomotive has been based at the BLR since 1975. With its ten-year overhaul nearly complete, Maid Marian will run without its cab for 2017.