Test runs for steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas announced!

45596 Bahamas
Credit: ASH Railway Photography

The Bahamas Locomotive Society has announced the test runs for newly-overhauled Jubilee 45596 Bahamas.

Now, RealTime Trains timings have not yet been confirmed, but over on the Bahamas Locomotive Society FaceBook Page, available to view here, they have announced when these test runs and light engine runs will be run.

First, we must reiterate that these are test runs, and whilst these have been announced, they are subject to change and cancellation at short notice.

The current plan for the test runs are as follows:

  • January 15th 2019 (Light Engine) – Tyseley – Bordesley – Stratford – Tyseley
  • January 17th 2019 (Loaded Test) – Leicester Circuit
  • January 22nd 2019 (Light Engine) – Tyseley – Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

This is brilliant news, and we look forward to seeing Bahamas 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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