Out and about with ‘Bahamas’

The Bahamas Locomotive Society is extremely grateful to the national lottery and thousands purchasers of national lottery tickets for their support with the project to overhaul 45596.  Without their assistance the locomotive would not have become operational in the manner achieved. 
Whilst the majority of the overhaul was undertaken by Tyseley Locomotive Works some key elements of the work were undertaken on a voluntary basis by members of the Society at our base at Ingrow. 
We are now in a position to enable this unique steam locomotive to be seen in action by the general public in accordance with the ethos of the national lottery and the aims of the Society.
Whilst the Society has been fortunate to receive this financial support, the future wellbeing of Bahamas will rely on our ongoing ability to maintain fund raising, details of which can be found elsewhere on this Web site. 

2 May 2019

PRESS RELEASE  FROM VINTAGE TRAINS                                                                                        Thursday May 2nd 2019


  • 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 29thThe Welsh Marches from Dorridge to Hereford

Thursday July 4thVintage Dining Train from Birmingham Moor Street to Worcester

Saturday July 6thThe Cotswold Explorer from Dorridge to Oxford

Saturday July 13thThe Welsh Marches from Dorridge to Hereford

Saturday July 20thThe Chester Venturer from Dorridge to Chester

Saturday July 27thThe 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

Bahamas creates the 'light fantastic' after leaving Hellifield bound for Keighley, 16 February 2019.   Photo by David Kippax

Bahamas creates the ‘light fantastic’ after leaving Hellifield bound for Keighley, 16 February 2019.
Photo by David Kippax

9 February 2019

45596 ‘Bahamas’ passing through Long Preston on the return to Keighley. – photo by David Kippax

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.

At Carlisle and the engine is surrounded by throng of onlookers

At Carlisle and the engine is surrounded by throng of onlookers