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Bala Lake Railway Model Show 21st and 22nd September 2024


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Hi Everyone,


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Meirionnydd...


This year's Bala Model Show will be taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Opening times are 10.00 - 16.00 both days. The venue is the same as in previous years: Ysgol Godre'r Berwyn (Bala School), Heol Ffrydan (Ffrydan Road), Y Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7RU. 


There will be approximately 30 layouts in gauges from T to 45mm, with a roughly 50/50 split between standard and narrow gauge. There will also be approximately 12 trade and Society stands. For the provisional list of all of these exhibits and stands, please see below.


There is free parking at the School and at the Bala Lake Railway. A vintage Crosville bus will run between the School, other car parks in Bala (pay and display) and the Lake Railway Station. With the exception of the stage in the main Hall, all parts of the venue are fully accessible to people with reduced mobility.


Please note that, in order to comply with School regulations, only registered assistance dogs are allowed on the School grounds or inside the School buildings. We have been told that we must be very firm about this from now on, if we want to keep using the School as our venue. All dogs are welcome on the Railway itself (and the BLR Society offers canine memberships too!). 


On 27th March 2024, the BLR's application to extend the line into the town of Bala was re-submitted to the Snowdonia National Park Authority. Please see the website below for more information. We should receive their decision well before the Show date. Fingers (etc.) crossed!





Below is a provisional list of exhibits and stands for the 2024 Show, which may well change between now and September. I will keep you posted. There are several layout owners, traders and railway societies with whom we are still finalising financial details, and these are not included below (yet!). I will also update this thread with information about the individual layouts in due course.


Best Wishes,

Mat P. (Bala Lake Railway Society Secretary and Bala Model Show Organiser)


2024 Layouts:


Boston Lodge Jn  (16mm, electric)
Enwin's 3D Models Industrial layout (00 Gauge)
Bryncrug (0-16.5)
Bayview (00 Gauge)
Cwm Parciau (00-9)
Tanner's Hill (N)
Afon Adit (0-9)
Puffin Colliery (00 & 00-9)
Porth Penrhyn (00 & 00-9)
Goldford Aston (00-9)
Z and T micro-layout display 
Sanderling-on-Sea (00 Gauge)
Wormhill (N)
Coed Helen (N)
Llangower (00-9)
Black Drake Wharf (0 Scale, Standard Gauge)
Halfpenny Green (00 Gauge)
Campbell's Quarry (16mm, electric)
Tutherside (00-9)
Rhos-y-Gwaliau Road (00 Gauge)
Wrapton  (00-9)
16mm Scale Narrow Gauge Modular Layout (electric and live steam)
Mikesbiltom (00 Gauge)
Alswear (00-9)
Normington (N)


2024 Traders and Societies:


Sawyer Models
Elaine's Trains
Enwins 3D Models
North Western Models
Andrew McDougal 0-16.5 Models
Maid Marian Locomotive Fund
Bala Lake Railway Society 
Richard Sterne Electronics
Porterhouse Models
Grainge and Hodder Baseboards
Steve Currinn Books and Models





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Good Morning / Bore Da...


I have another trader to add to our list: 'Collector Stash' of Wrexham. Their website is www.collectorstash.com and they also have an eBay shop. They sell both scale model railways and gifts suitable for younger visitors. 


I hope you can come to the Show, Branchie - we'll also be having a two-train service on the Lake Railway. That's why our exhibition is in September - it's also designed to attract more passengers to our last 'fling' of the operating season.


Vaguely related to the subject of driving tests, I suppose, is a report from the Highways Agency which we included with our planning reapplication (and indeed with our original set of papers) affirming that extending the Lake Railway into Bala will have no negative impact on traffic through the town...


Best Wishes One and All,

Mat P. (Bala Lake Railway Society Secretary and Bala Model Show Organiser)



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I have another trader to add: Raven Eve Designs (www.ravenevedesigns.com). They're based in Dwygyfylchi on the North Wales coast and produce laser-engraved wood and slate products. They're not a model railway company as such but we want to support local and local-ish businesses, plus not everybody attending the Show will be the sort of person who can tell a Hall from a Grange at 1000 yards in the dark... (or, to put it more politely, a lot of our Show visitors come in family groups!).


Best Wishes,




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