The Bahamas Locomotive Society has announced that they have teamed up with Steam Dreams to operate a number of tours in 2021.
A London to Penzance tour is the first to be announced by the Bahamas Locomotive Society and Steam Dreams, this is set to run on the 28th September, with more to be announced in due course.
This means that 45596 Bahamas will operate a tour out of London for the first time in preservation, and the locomotive will work over several new routes.
More plans for Bahamas will be announced in due course, and of course, details are to be subject to change due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A brief history of 45596 Bahamas
45596 Bahamas was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for the London Midland & Scottish Railway. 45596 was designed by Sir William Stanier and entered service in 1935. 45596 is the only ‘double chimney’ Jubilee locomotive after being fitted with it in 1961 as part of a trial.
In 1967, Bahamas was purchased from British Railways for preservation by the Bahamas Locomotive Society. After which, it was sent to the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds for repairs and repainted into LMS Crimson Lake livery.
The BLS secured the lease of a section of track to Dinting Railway Station near Glossop where it established the Dinting Railway Museum.
In 1994, the mainline ticket for 45596 Bahamas expired, with the locomotive spending the next three years running on heritage railways until its 10-year boiler ticket expired in 1997.
For the next 15 years, the locomotive moved between storage and static displays at the KWVR at Ingrow West and Oxenhope, as well as the National Railway Museum in York.
A Heritage Lottery Fund application in 2012 was successful and allowed an overhaul to be completed. In September 2018, 45596 Bahamas was fully restored and in steam at the Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Day.
For more information and updates on 45596 Bahamas, please visit The Bahamas Locomotive Society Facebook page by clicking here.
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