Bahamas – 2016 round up


The Overhaul of 45596 Bahamas continued at Tyseley – where the bulk of the work was being undertaken – and at the BLS Workshop at Ingrow where work on the tender, motion and boiler fittings were refurbished.


Since the engine was put back on its wheels (August 2015) the major work at Tyseley has included the overhaul of the brake rigging and the refurbishment of the piston rods and associated gear, a new troatplate formed and fitted, a new firebox dooplate formed and fitted together with a new lower three-quarter section, a new front barrel-ring has had a new front tubeplate riveted into place. New side wrapper plates have been made and fitted.

A new manifold pad casting has been made and machined and work started on the replacement of all the stays. The new doorplate has had all the stayholes drilled and tapped and  new pads for the water-gauge cocks, blower valve and blowdown valves fitted together with a reinstalled frame for the fire door. The outside pistons were reassembled and crossheads attached and work was carried out on the small bore lubrication pipework.



At Ingrow the new tender tank was fitted to its refurbished chassis in November.


Unfortunately a temporary weight restriction on the A629 bridge at Ingrow prevented the LNWR Coal Tank No. 1054 from visiting the Bluebell and North Yorkshire Moors Railways as had been planned but it continued to perform well during KWVR Galas and on Vintage Train services etc. In September it was used to haul a special Pullman Dining train for the LNWR Society.


2017 is the Society’s Golden Anniversary Year and it is appropriate that the overhaul of 45596 Bahamas should be completed during the year and that it will return to steam after an absence of 20 years. The Society was formed in mid-1967 and we bought the loco 50 years ago during August 1967. By a strange quirk of fate on Saturday 14 October 2017 it will be 45 years to the day since the engine hauled its first trains after its preservation running between Shrewsbury and Hereford and back.  Bahamas thus became one of the first steam locos to be used after the ban on steam introduced in 1968.

Subject to testing and certification etc. 45596 is likely to be used on trains operated by Tyseley-based Vintage Trains for a period before it returns home to our Keighley & Worth Valley Railway base towards the end of the year.  Details of dates and booking arrangements for any tours will be published here as soon as arrangements are confirmed.

The engine’s Support Coach (BE Mk2a BFK M14060) – which has been on loan to the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone since we acquired in in late 2015 – will join 45596 once it has been overhauled to main-line running condition and modified to provide appropriate support facilities.


The COAL TANK should reach Sussex a year late as 1054 has been invited to take part in the Bluebell Railway’s Branch Line Gala. During its visit (13 – 21 May 2017) at some stage it should be paired with the Railway’s LNWR Saloon.  Contact the Bluebell Railway to confirm dates.

At all other times this year the loco should be either on view at Ingrow or used on some KWVR trains (please check for service details).

Three 00-gauge Coal Tank models – including one of No. 1054 in LNWR livery – are being produced by Bachmann Europe and should be available by mid-year.

Our Accredited Museum & Workshop at Ingrow now forms one of the visitor attractions at RAIL STORY and is normally open between 10.30 hrs and 16.00 hours every day of the year except Christmas Day.  There is a viewing area where visitors can watch work underway in the Workshop. It is recommended visitors who travel on KWVR services purchase a Rover Ticket as this gives free entry to our building, the ENGINE SHED and also the CARRIAGE WORKS. For visitors not travelling by train – Rail Story is open when trains are not running – a Joint Admission ticket is available.

As the Bahamas Locomotive Society is custodian of No. 1054 for its owner the National Trust, NT Members are welcome to visit the Engine Shed free of charge on production of a valid Membership Card.

The LEARNING COACH can be found in the siding adjacent to our Museum and Workshop with access for visitors off the platform at Ingrow West Station. This coach, a 1924 Wolverton-built LMS corridor composite coach which was eventually converted for use as a Riding & Tool Van to work with a brakedown train, is owned and has been restored by the BLS to provide an unique learning environment and exhibition facility.  Although the learning area is now available for use – complete with displays about its past and adorned with pictures showing how the railway companies used animaIs in years gone by – one compartments is currently being restored to its original splendour whilst the other , the ‘History Compartment’ will enable students to study and have access to the ever expanding digital archive of the Railway Magazine.

A formal Opening of the Learning Coach is likely to be held during 2017. The open area of the coach is available for use by other interest groups by arrangement with our Museum Staff.

Also on display in the yard adjacent to the Engine Shed is our 50-ton steam-operated crane RS 1015/50 built for the LMS in 1930; it can be seen is use from time to time. Also on view are parts of  the unique 0-4-0 crane tank Southwick used in the Pallion, Sunderland dockyard of Doxfords & Sons until 1971. It was built in 1942 and is currently being restored.

Please note that National Railway Museum-owned A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman will be on view at Ingrow on 1/2 and 8/9 April 2017 when special admission arrangements and prices will be made. Please check the KWVR website for details.  No vehicular access to site on those days.


1st          0943      Sue Harrison       Dining Tickets on 45596s first public excursion

2nd        2419      Ken Holcroft       Behind the Scenes Tour – Longsight Traincare Centre

3rd         2912      JB MacGill           00 Gauge Bachmann Model

4th         1755      John Kitchen       Subscription to a Morton’s Media rail-related title

5th         0095      C Bryden              Dinner for two – Thurnham Hall, Lancaster

6th         3724      John Murray       Bundle of BLS ‘goodies’.

For all general enquiries please email or telephone 01535 690 739 during Museum Opening hours.