IMPORTANT: The Red Dragon Appeal will be closed to new subscribers on 30th June 2021.
The Bala Lake Railway Trust has ambitious plans to extend the Bala Lake Railway by over half-a-mile to a new station serving the town of Bala, The new railway and station will bring huge economic benefit to Bala, revitalising the town and the railway.
The proposed route will take the railway across the River Dee on the existing B4403 road bridge and then on a new trackbed to Bala Town Station. Building a new railway is an expensive business and the projected cost of the extension is £3.5million.
This is why we need your help!
The Red Dragon Appeal has been launched to help raise funds for the construction of the extension. The appeal operates in two ways; general donations or on a subscription basis. If you become a subscriber, in return for a regular monthly donation you will receive a range of benefits as a "thank you" from us for supporting our vision. The benefits are accrued as you make your donations but you can, of course, choose to pay the full subscription amount as a one-off payment..
There are three fantastic subscription packages to suit all budgets:
The benefits of Bronze subscription are:
The benefits of Silver subscription are:
The benefits of Gold subscription are:
In addition, all subscribers will be recognised on a plaque to be erected in the new Bala Town Station.
The next step to becoming a subscriber is to download the application form, complete it, and return it to us at the address given. If you would like any further information about the Red Dragon Appeal or the Bala Lake Railway Trust, please contact Julian Birley or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always greatly value one-off donations of any size for those unable to commit to a subscription package. Some suggested donations are set out below:
A donation of £10 will allow us to buy 20 track spikes, which are used to secure the rail to the sleepers.
A donation of £20 will allow us to buy 4 fishplates and matching bolts, which join the rails together.
A donation of £50 will allow us to buy three sleepers, on which the rails are laid. It takes 12 sleepers to make a complete track panel.
A donation of £100 will allow us to buy a length of rail; we need two rails for a complete track panel.
A donation of £500 will allow us to buy a complete track panel of rail, sleepers, spikes, fishplates and bolts.
We will gladly include your name on the plaque in the new station if you wish; please just let us know when you make your donation.
To reach the town of Bala, the railway has to cross the River Dee.
The current proposal is to use the existing road bridge with a tramway section.
The proposed station at Bala Town will be designed to meet the exacting standards expected by the 21st century visitor, offering a cafe, shop and toilet facilities.
This aerial view shows the proposed route from the existing terminus at Pen-y-Bont to the new station in the town. The views of the lake and the mountains beyond as the train makes its way along the foreshore will be simply stunning.