Bahamas to return to the S&C after 25 years

TICKETS are selling quickly for one of the most eagerly anticipated main line returns of recent years.

After a restoration costing almost £1million at Tyseley Locomotive Works, Stanier ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas will make its comeback with the ‘Bahamas Renaissance’ from Oxenhope to Carlisle on February 9, 2019.

Looking stunning in its freshly applied BR lined green, No. 45596 Bahamas makes a demonstration run at Tyseley on September 28. On February 9 it will return to the Settle-Carlisle Line, a route closely associated with this locomotive during its last main line stint in the late 1980s and early 1990s. IAN DIXON

It will be No. 45596’s first main line passenger run since 1994, and is being promoted by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) – offering a rare chance to travel through from the KWVR to the national network at Keighley.

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Bahamas was the first of the four ‘Jubilees’ to be preserved, and occupies a special place in railway history as the last steam locomotive to be modified by BR in its attempts to improve the performance of its steam fleet.

Bahamas received its signature double chimney and blastpipe as late as 1961.

Read more in the December issue of The RM – on sale now!

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