New Bala town centre station site cleared

THE site for the Bala Lake Railway’s new town centre station has been cleared.

The demolition of the derelict warehouse in Heol Aran marked the first physical construction work on the ground-breaking extension of the 2ft gauge railway.

The cleared site, where the new Bala Town station building is to be located, has been levelled and will initially be used for storage of materials for the extension, starting with several of the points acquired from the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which were delivered just days after the work was completed.

An aerial view of the cleared site waiting for Bala Town station to be built. BLR

Trust chairman, Julian Birley, said: “The extension has started! The Bala Lake Railway really does mean business.

“Now that the station building site has been cleared and levelled, we can get a really good idea of the space we have got. The first impression is that it is much bigger than we had originally imagined and having measured it, we have nearly three-quarters of an acre.

“This is a brilliant start to making a really impressive station terminal of which the town can be proud.

“The site is already being put to good use to the store pointwork.”

➜ Anyone wishing to help the half-mile extension from the line’s current terminus into the town centre is invited to visit www.balalakerailwaytrust.org.uk/appeal.html

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