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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.

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