Vintage Trains announce overhaul of steam locomotive 5593 Kolhapur

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5593 Kolhapur alongside 45596 'Bahamas
5593 Kolhapur alongside 45596 'Bahamas' // Credit: Callum Calvert

Vintage Trains has announced that Ex-LMS 5593 Kolhapur will be overhauled at Tyseley.

The LMS Jubilee has been out of service since awaiting an overhaul since withdrawal in the 1990s.

The Tyseley team are aiming to overhaul 5593 Kolhapur in time to steam in 2022 for the Commonwealth Games.

Vintage Trains is in early talks with the Commonwealth Games organisers to have steam hauled trains to the Birmingham games in 2022.

5593 Kolhapur will join 45690 ‘Leander’, 45699 ‘Galatea’ and 45596 ‘Bahamas’ in steam, meaning all four LMS Jubilees will be in steam AND mainline certified.

5593 Kolhapur alongside 45596 'Bahamas
5593 Kolhapur alongside 45596 ‘Bahamas’ // Credit: Callum Calvert

Yes, you read that right, Kolhapur will be overhauled to mainline condition and will run tours when completed.

Trustee David Keay has also announced today that a Kolhapur Club will be set up to finance the major overhaul of the 5XP.

5593 was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company to the design by Sir William Stanier and is named after Kolhapur, a state in Western India.

The locomotive was in service for 33 years, when it was withdrawn from traffic in October 1967.

You can donate or join The Kolhapur Club by clicking here.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. FANTASTIC! There’s nothing like a Jubilee (especially in LMS red) at speed on the main line. I’ll be keeping tabs on this. All four preserved “Jubs” mainline certified is brilliant.

  2. We don’t. Need. Another. Jubilee. What waste. Money. Money. Could. Be spent. Better elsewhere. Friends National railway. Museum. Kenny

  3. Will surpass The Great Gathering by far! All four Resident british mainline operational Jubilees. Probably all different liveries? Fantastic. Just got to be there 😀

  4. Excellent news. Kolhapur was one of the first engines I saw, in the mid 50’s.
    What a great idea to use them at the Commonwealth Games!

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