Chairman’s update – 17 July 2020

I am pleased to announce that the Bahamas Locomotive Society is now ‘Good to Go’ and will be up and running very soon. 

For our volunteers, our workshop will once more be open for work to recommence from Sunday July 26th.  For further information and anyone wanting to help please contact our engineers Steve Allsop or Steve Peach. After signing-on for the first time a briefing will be given on the safety measures that have been put in place. Social distancing will be strictly observed. All crockery has been removed from the workshop and paper cups will be provided, although the kettle can be used you are recommended to bring a flask and your own refreshments, and to eat outside if possible or, in poor weather, in your car if you have driven to Ingrow. 

We are currently assisting the KWVR’s work on the Ingrow bridge with our steam crane. This work should be competed in the next few weeks. KWVR will be operating shakedown trains over the weekend of 8th and 9th August and will run a service for working members and guests over the weekend of 15th and 16th August. You should refer to the KWVR website or HOPs (for those who have access) should you wish to be involved in these runs. Passenger services will return from 19th August and all tickets must be pre-booked.  Trains will operate between Oxenhope and Keighley and will not stop at any other station. A vintage bus will operate between Ingrow, Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage to Oxenhope to dovetail in with these services. 

Our museum will re-open to the public during the weekend of the 15th and 16th August.  Admission to the museum on this weekend will be free of charge. Visitors will not walk freely around the museum but will be offered guided tours.  Appropriate safety measures have been put in place and will be clearly described on entry to the museum.  Visitors will be required to use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the museum and if use of the toilet is required.  Regular cleaning of surfaces will be undertaken following each guided tour. 

The safety of our visitors and members is our number one priority. We are registered with Visit England and have been classed as ‘A GOOD TO GO’ visitor attraction. Any members wishing to volunteer to open up the museum should contact Ian Dixon. A further announcement about the Museum’s opening times will be issued very shortly. The Museum will most certainly be open every Sunday in August but we do expect to be open on additional days when the KWVR is operating. We are very grateful for the financial support we have received from Museum Development Yorkshire to ensure that our museum can open safely.

Finally we are delighted to be able to announce that in cooperation with KWVR Bahamas will be running a series of Photo Charter Trains in early September.  This will be the first time the loco will have been in steam since our trip over the Settle and Carlisle railway on the 22nd February and I know many will be delighted to see the loco back in operation after so many months. 

We do look forward to seeing our friends and visitors again during the summer months but please recognise that everything is NOT back to normal: we want to see everyone safe and happy whilst they are with us.

KEITH WHITMORE

Chairman, Bahamas Locomotive Society

February 22nd Railtour

Between intermittent showers of freezing rain and a strong westerly wind, Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ makes easy work of its eleven coach trailing load as she romps towards Ais Gill summit, the fireman giving it his all. The 1Z58 15:29 Carlisle to Keighley charter on Saturday 22nd February 2020. © Gordon Edgar – All rights reserved. Please do not use my images without my explicit permission.
Photo courtesy of Gordon Edgar

It’s exhaust whipped away on the strong westerly wind, double-chimney Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ heads away from Skipton at Niffany viaduct in charge of the 1Z57 09:10 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Carlisle charter on Saturday 22nd February 2020. The sunshine belies the conditions of the day and experienced over the previous night, with extreme flooding in North and West Yorkshire. The River Aire is actually some 300 metres distant from the railway at this point! © Gordon Edgar – All rights reserved. Please do not use my images without my explicit permission.
Photo courtesy of Gordon Edgar
There’s a little more information about the tour on our What’s On page.

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45596 'Bahamas' on arrival at Carlisle  with its first rail tour following its HLF-supported overhaul. Saturday, 9th February 2019 - photo Ian Dixon

45596 ‘Bahamas’ on arrival at Carlisle with the first rail tour following its HLF-supported overhaul. Saturday, 9th February 2019 – photo Ian Dixon

See our new ‘Out and About with Bahamas’ page for information featuring Bahamas HERE and our Chairman’s Statement of thanks HERE.

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'Bahamas' at Tyseley 28 September 2018

‘Bahamas’ at Tyseley 28 September 2018

Bahamas Locomotive Society

Welcome to the website of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. Follow the links to the Museum to learn more of our locomotives and other objects in our collection .

The Bahamas Locomotive Society is based at Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire.  Here we have created our own Museum and Workshop facility – the Ingrow Loco Museum – housed in the former Midland Railway goods warehouse adjacent to Ingrow West station.

The Ingrow Loco Museum…Gallery in Museum

… is the ENGINE SHED at RAIL STORY, Ingrow.  It is home to our collection of locomotives and interpretive exhibition of aspects of railway history, primarily the steam locomotive.

The Museum exhibition has been created and produced entirely by our own volunteer members.

It is open for visitors every day, other than Christmas Day.  A modest entrance fee is charged.

Working in the workshop

The Workshop provides the facilities necessary for the maintenance and overhaul of our locomotives and rolling stock.