WATCH: steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas speeds through Tamworth on a test run


Thursday 31st January 2019 saw LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas out on light & loaded test runs.

This day saw Bahamas out on a light test run from Tyseley Steam Trust to Stratford Upon Avon & return.

It also saw the Jubilee out on a loaded test run on the Leicester circle from Tyseley Steam Trust to Humberstone Road & Humberstone Road to Tyseley Steam Trust this saw her run through places such as Nuneaton, Leicester, Loughborough, Burton On Trent & Tamworth 

After being postponed many times Bahamas finally made successful test runs and now she can return home to the KWVR to haul her inaugural run from the KWVR to Carlisle over the S&C on 9th February 

RailView filmed Bahamas at Tamworth on the high level on her return leg of her loaded test run from Humberstone Road to Tyseley Steam Trust passing through Tamworth 6 minutes late at 19:30 instead of 19:24 

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  • Withdrawn from BR in 1966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 double chimnied Jubilee in preservation 

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  1. As much love you magazene, I just have one very small which is, I would have liked it if you had told us that Bharmas was in the leicester area on the 31st Jan. instead of reporting the advent on the 12thFeb. I would really have made a trip to catch it at the Humberstone Rd. watering point.( I.m 76yrs. so travelig to far is difficult now) in the meantime keep up the good work.


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