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