Saturday 9th February 2019 saw LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas haul her first tour in 25 years after a lengthy overhaul.
The tour started from Oxenhope, on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, to the city of Carlisle.
Our day started on a wet and windy morning at Oxenhope as 45596 Bahamas departs, heading down the branch to Keighley.
We then head to the mainline, and despite a delay of around 30 minutes due to a fallen tree, we see Bahamas making up time at Cononley and Long Preston.
Bahamas passed Cononley 34 minutes late, and Long Preston 20 minutes late, however, it arrived into Carlisle on time.
Her second tour is now scheduled for the 16th February 2019.
Info about 45596 Bahamas:
- Designed by Sir William Stanier
- Built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow in 1934
- In 1961 Bahamas was modified to carry a double chimney to improve performance
- Withdrawn from BR in 1966
- Purchased directly from BR for preservation by the Bahamas Locomotive Society in 1967 who is her current owners
- Overhauled back to working condition at the Dinting Railway Museum
- Returned to the mainline in the 1970s
- Taken off of the mainline in 1994 due to her mainline ticket expiring
- She last ran in 1997 on the KWVR
- For fifteen years she spent her time on display at Ingrow West & Oxenhope museums on the KWVR as well as at the National Railway Museum in York
- In 2013 she moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works where her overhaul would take place for 5 years
- She returned to steam in September 2018 also running at Tyseley’s 50th Anniversary Open Weekend
- In January 2019 she returned to the mainline for the first time since 1994
- She is the only Jubilee with a double chimney in preservation
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