2 May 2019
PRESS RELEASE FROM VINTAGE TRAINS Thursday May 2nd 2019
BAHAMAS RETURNS TO TYSELEY LOCOMOTIVE WORKS
- Star attraction at the Tyseley Open Days on June 22/23
- Powering six railtours during its summer holiday in the Midlands
Just a few months after the completion of its overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works and very successful runs over the Settle and Carlisle, LMS Jubilee class locomotive number 45596 Bahamas will be returning to Tyseley for the Vintage Trains/Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Days on June 22/23.
Bahamas will be in steam on both days and one of the big stars of the show alongside a number of other visitors and attractions but we are also pleased to announce that Bahamas will be at the head of six Vintage Trains railtours during its stay.
The railtours will run in the months of June and July as follows:
Saturday June 29th – The Welsh Marches from Dorridge to Hereford
Thursday July 4th – Vintage Dining Train from Birmingham Moor Street to Worcester
Saturday July 6th – The Cotswold Explorer from Dorridge to Oxford
Saturday July 13th – The Welsh Marches from Dorridge to Hereford
Saturday July 20th – The Chester Venturer from Dorridge to Chester
Saturday July 27th – The White Rose from Dorridge to York
Alastair Meanley, General Manager of Tyseley Locomotive Works said: ‘We were very proud to work with the Bahamas Locomotive Society on their locomotive so not only will it be great to see it back at Tyseley but also for it to perform on our own routes here in the south. We have some challenging gradients against us both in the Cotswolds and across the Welsh Marches and we’re confident that Bahamas will take them all in its stride’.
Keith Whitmore, Chairman of The Bahamas Locomotive Society added: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be working with Vintage Trains at this exciting time for the company. Following the formal launch of our locomotive at our Ingrow home base on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, it seems so appropriate to see Bahamas back at Tyseley Locomotive Works following its successful 5-year overhaul there and working with a team who we now regard as our friends. In addition to familiar ground, Bahamas will also be covering some new territory’.
45596 will be returning to the Welsh Marches line where historically the engine has put in some impressive performances. It was also the scene for the loco’s first run for the Bahamas Locomotive Society in October 1972 when it hauled one of the first ‘return to steam’ railtours.
For more information on the Bahamas-hauled railtours and to purchase tickets, please visit www.VintageTrains.co.uk.
16 February 2019
9 February 2019
45596 Bahamas, successfully completed its first rail tour on Saturday, 9 February 2019 between Oxenehope, on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR), and Carlisle. The train was organised by the KWVR, in conjunction with West Coast Railway Company.
Following a long delay to leaving the surroundings of Keighley, as a result of a fallen tree caused by incessant storms occurring the previous night, the train made up all lost time and arrived in Carlisle on time.
The train had sold out within days of tickets going on sale, the popularity was so great that a further train was organised to run on the following Saturday, 16 February.