Steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas to attend Worth Valley Gala

45596 Bahamas
Credit: Bahamas Locomotive Society

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that Jubilee 45596 Bahamas is the second confirmed visitor to their Spring Steam Gala 2019.

45596 Bahamas will be visiting the Spring Steam Gala 2019 courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society.

Bahamas joins LNER B12 8572 (from the North Norfolk Railway) at the Spring Steam Gala and joins the home fleet of Taff Vale 85, 4F 43924, Std 4 75078, S160 5820, Ivatt 41241, Std 2 78022, LNWR Coal Tank 1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society) at the event.

More information about the gala will be announced soon.

A little history of 45596 Bahamas

45596 Bahamas was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for LMS. Bahamas is a unique member of the Jubilee class, as it was the only member to receive a Double Chimney and Blastpipe. This modification was installed very later in the engine’s life, in May 1961. British Railways wanted to improve the classes’ performance, the trial with Bahamas proved successful, but by the early 60s, steam was starting to be phased out, meaning 45596 was the only member fitted with this equipment.

Bahamas was preserved in 1967 when the Bahamas Locomotive Society purchased the locomotive from British Railways. Bahamas has been under overhaul since 1994, returning to steam in 2018 (awaiting mainline tests).

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