BLS online talks 2021

We are pleased to present a series of three talks on ‘Zoom’ this Autumn. We have three different topics presented by three different members of the Society Committee. The presenters are John Hiller, Pete Skellon and Helen Ashby OBE. The cost to view these on ‘zoom’ is £5 per talk or £10 for all three to non members. There is no charge to Society members, new members are always welcome! Members can register for the talks by email to use ‘BLS talks‘ as the title. The number of participants will be limited while we trial our systems.

John Hilliers’, Presentation, Bahamas A preservation pioneer. Wednesday 13th October at 7.30pm

Profusely illustrated John Hillier’s talk covers the history of the Bahamas, its preservation and the part the Society played in the successful Return to Steam of the early 1970s and also the establishment of Dinting Railway Centre which was the engine’s home until the Society moved to its new base at Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in 1990

Its operation on the main line and visits to heritage railways in the period between 1989 and 1997 are covered as is its latest overhaul (2013-2018)  which was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  That overhaul at Tyseley enabled 45596 to return to the main lines in 2019; the engine has operated over several new routes since then.

First of three Masterclass Presentations on Zoom

Pete Skellon’s Presentation. LNWR Coal Tank No. 1054                                        Wednesday 10th November at 7.30pm

The Coal Tanks were introduced onto the London & North Western Railway in 1881.  The resulting 300 examples were used throughout the LNWR system and so could be seen across most of England and Wales on the everyday local goods or passenger services.  Unlike the larger ‘celebrity’ locomotives, they were often overlooked by enthusiasts, that is until the last example was destined for the scrapheap in 1958.  Remarkably, in 6 months sufficient money was raised to buy the locomotive and have it repainted in its former LNWR livery and became the first locomotive to be saved for preservation by public subscription.

This presentation will cover the history of the class and No 1054 in particular, a locomotive that fully represents the economical, rather than the grandiose, style of Victorian engineering.

Owned by the National Trust since 1963, No.1054 has been in the care of the Bahamas Locomotive Society for some 48 years, and who have come to understand the many quirks and foibles of this now unique locomotive.

Second of three Masterclass Presentations on Zoom

Helen Ashby OBE’s Presentation ‘An Incredible Journey-The Sierra Leone National Railway Museum Wednesday 8th December at 7.30pm

The Sierra Leone Railway was built between 1896 and 1912 and carried passengers and goods across the Protectorate until its closure in 1975.  Its assets were sold for scrap and the infrastructure either abandoned or repurposed.

A small number of vehicles were secreted in an old workshop and forgotten about until rediscovered in 2004 by Colonel Steve Davies MBE.  The National Railway Museum was opened by the President in March 2005 and has since developed into a vibrant and active community and tourist hub.  Join Helen Ashby to share in this incredible journey.

Third of three Masterclass Presentations on Zoom

All three Masterclass Presentations on Zoom