The current coronavirus pandemic has necessitated a variety of measures to be considered as we come to prepare for reopening the museum to the public and the workshop to our volunteers.
As the situation is constantly evolving so too will the various procedures we are putting in place.
Anyone wishing to visit the museum, and volunteers who wish to return to continue in their tasks, are asked to re-visit this page so as to ensure they are up-to-date with our assessment of the situation and revisions to the procedures or advice we have put in place.
Please follow the link to our risk assessment for the reopening of the museum and workshop.
Covid-19 – an appeal for funds
No doubt many of you will have already responded to requests for help from other organisations experiencing financial problems during the current coronavirus pandemic. The recently-launched BLS ‘Covid Appeal Fund’ will help cover ongoing expenses and in particular our Learning & Engagement activities which have proved to be so beneficial to young people and the community as a whole.
You will find a Donation Form HERE. Please print off a copy, complete and forward it with your donation to Paul Ritchie, BLS Covid Appeal, 41 Beech Park, West Hill, Ottery St. Mary, Devon. EX11 1UG. Cheques should be made out to The Bahamas Locomotive Society or you many use Paypal.
All donations of £25 will entitle the donor to one entry (one per every £25 donated, e.g. £100 = 4 numbers) in a draw for a replica smokebox numberplate of 45596 which has been made for us by Procast of Cleckheaton. The draw will take place in early December 2020 by Nick Brodrick, Editor of Steam Railway.Your support will be much appreciated and will be of considerable help as we attempt to minimise the adverse effects of the virus on our work.
Chairman’s update – Friday 17th April
As you will know the Government have placed us all in lockdown for a further three weeks at least and, I suspect, somewhat longer before museums, galleries and heritage railways will be able to reopen. Therefore I have to continue to advise that there is no access whatsoever for anyone to visit Ingrow under any circumstance, including working on any of our collection, including Bahamas at Haworth. I know many are missing their weekly fix working with our friends and colleagues, but we must abide by the Government’s instruction to only go out for essential travel.
I do want to thank on your behalf our sincere thanks to Adrian Rodsett, who is using his daily exercise to keep an eye on our museum and around Ingrow yard. In addition a number of local KWVR members are also walking along the track bed. Adrian did spot some youths in Ingrow yard on one day but fortunately they dispersed when he arrived. We must be very grateful for this dedication to deter any anti-social behaviour or the likelihood of theft. Sadly, on two separate occasions the East Lancashire Railway has had some £10,000 of copper stolen from the ‘Crab’ loco, and one of the coaches has suffered from graffiti.
Something which we can be pleased about is that the April edition of Railway Magazine has a great photo of Bahamas on the front cover. I have also been spending time going through magazines unopened for years and putting them aside to come to Ingrow for redistribution!
I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe, and hope to see you soon.
The BLS board of directors had its first successful virtual meeting on Wednesday 15th April using the Zoom app, set-up was organised for us by George Bowler, and one that could be repeated again.
Chairman’s Update 24th March 2020
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER YESTERDAY THAT EVERYONE SHOULD STAY AT HOME EXECEPT FOR ESSENTIAL WORK, BUYING OF FOOD AND EXERCISE, THE KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY IS IN LOCKDOWN AND COMPLETELY CLOSED TO EVERYONE INCLUDING WORKING MEMBERS AND STAFF.
THEREFORE IN ADDITION TO THE CLOSURE OF OUR MUSEUM, I AM AFRAID I NOW HAVE TO ADVISE THAT THE WORKSHOP IS NOW COMPLETELY CLOSED TO ANY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS TO WORK IN AND NO MEMBERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO VISIT INGROW FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.
IN ADDITION THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ACCESS TO THE HAWORTH YARD EITHER. THIS APPLIES TO ALL BLS MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE VCT AND KWVR WORKING MEMBERS THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO PROTECT YOUR OWN SAFETY.
SOME KWVR MEMBERS WILL BE USING THEIR ALLOWED RECREATIONAL OUTDOOR EXERCISE TO WALK THE RAILWAY TO CHECK SECURITY. ALL WORKS ON THE INGROW BRIDGE RENEWAQL HAVE NOW CEASED..
BLS Museum update
“It is with great regret and after much thought and discussion, in view of Government advice on the Coronavirus spread, I have decided that there is no alternative other than to announce that our Museum is now closed as of Thursday 19th March until further notice as obviously our main objective must be to keep both our visitors, members and our staff safe.
Ours is a small museum with confined space and although much loved by our visitors to close has really been our only option.
In addition Bahamas will not be undertaking any main line tours for the foreseeable future. We will keep everyone updated through our social media and other outlets.”
Bahamas Locomotive Society