Second test run for steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas postponed

45596 Bahamas
Credit: Andrew Lamport

The Bahamas Locomotive Society has announced that the second test run for 45596 Bahamas has been postponed.

Mainline testing began for the locomotive yesterday during successful light engine testing between Tyseley and Bordesley before hauling its BLS support coach from Tyseley to Stratford-upon-Avon and back.

The purpose of this is to ensure that everything is working properly and the return journey has found an issue with the TPWS equipment, this is the mainline signalling equipment that ensures Bahamas is safe when out on the mainline.

Also, the fireman’s side rear driving axlebox was running warmer than the team would like, so as a precaution they have the engine back in the workshop.

As a result, the loaded test run which has been scheduled for Thursday 17th January 2019 has been postponed to allow the few teething issues to be sorted.

This will mean a delay in the engine returning to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

No confirmed loaded test run has been announced yet, but please keep an eye on our locomotive movements and test run page for up to date information.

What did the officials say?

In an official statement, the Bahamas Locomotive Society and the Tyseley Locomotive Works said:

“The main line testing of No. 45596 Bahamas began yesterday with a series of successful LE trips between Tyseley and Bordesley before it hauled the BLS Support Coach to Stratford-upon-Avon and back.”

“The purpose of testing is to ensure everything is working correctly and the return journey revealed an issue with the TPWS equipment and also the Fireman’s side rear driving axlebox which was running warmer than we would like.”

“As a result the loaded trial scheduled for Thursday 17th January will be rescheduled while the issues are addressed, and it is likely this will mean a delay in the engine’s return to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.”

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