Bala Lake Halt railway station

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Bala Lake Halt
Place Bala
Area Gwynedd
Original company Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 1
5 February 1934 Opened[1]
25 September 1939 Closed[1]
25 March 1976 Opens as Bala (Llyn Tegid)[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Railway stations in Bala
Bala and Festiniog Railway
Bala Lake
Bala (New)
Bala Lake Railway
Bala Lake Halt
Bala (Penybont)
Bala Junction
Bala and Dolgelly Railway
Corwen and Bala Railway
Bala Lake Railway
Ruabon–Barmouth line
Bala (Penybont)(originally Bala Lake Halt)
Bryn Hynod Halt(closed 2011)
Glan Llyn Halt
Pentrepiod Halt
Ruabon–Barmouth line

Bala Lake Halt railway station in Gwynedd, Wales, was formerly a station on the Ruabon to Barmouth line.

Bala (Penybont) is the current terminus of the Bala Lake Railway, and has occupied the site of the former halt since 1976. The narrow-gauge Bala Lake Railway originally named the station Bala (Llyn Tegid) (Llyn Tegid is Welsh for "Lake Bala". The station was subsequently renamed to the current Bala (Penybont).


Opened by the Great Western Railway in 1934, it closed in 1939.[1] In 1976 the Bala Lake Railway opened its eastern terminus on the site.[1] The Bala Lake Railway began passenger services in 1972, and opened extensions in 1973 and 1975. Bala was reached in 1976. Writing in the railway directory "Steam '81" the general manager, G H Barnes, stated: "We aim to be in Bala near Loch Cafe in 1981, distance then 5.25 miles."[2] This was an official prediction of the further extension of the line into Bala town centre, but the work was not carried out, and the statement was not repeated in the following year's directory, "Steam '82", leaving Bala (Llyn Tegid) as the eastern terminus of the line.



  1. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 23
  2. ^ Steam '81 directory, edited by Roger Crombleholme and Terry Kirtland, published 1981 by Allen & Unwin (London), ISBN 978-0-04-385082-4, entry 304.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137. 

Further reading[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Llangower   Great Western Railway
  Bala Junction
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Llangower   Bala Lake Railway   Terminus

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Coordinates: 52°54′05″N 3°35′36″W / 52.90139°N 3.59333°W / 52.90139; -3.59333