As well as the Red Dragon Project, the Trust is keen to help the railway improve both the visitor experience, and its engeering and storage facilities. In conjection with the extension, this will help make the Bala Lake Railway a must-visit attraction for enthusiasts and families alike.
The Trust plans to construct a complete new rake of carriages that will meet the expectations of the modern visitor that compliments our historic steam locomotives whilst offering a high degree of comfort.
The Boston Lodge Works of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways have produced some initial drawings to demonstrate the concept of these new carriages.
The design of the coach is intended to match the exterior appearance of the Penrhyn Quarry Director's saloon, a replica of which is being constructed for the railway (see the railway's website for more information). These images show the coaches in LNWR Coach Livery.
The coaches will feature drop light windows to give the best views and the fully upholstered seating will be arranged on a 2+1 basis with tables, providing ample leg room. The coaches will also feature open verandas at both ends, a feature popular on other narrow gauge railways in Wales, which will provide a different and agreeable way to enjoy the stunning scenery.
The Trust aims to dramatically improve the engineering and storage facilitiies at Llanuwchllyn, whilst preserving the wonderful ambience of the former Great Western station. Planning is at an early stage and more details be will published in due course.