Saturday, 23 January 2021


The Bahamas Locomotive Society are please to confirm they are one of the sponsors for the Young Railway Photographer of the Year, competition.

The Competition is directed to all aspiring railway photographers aged 25 and under. 

Organised by the Rail Camera Club the competition has attracted a number of prestigious sponsors including Network Rail and the National Railway Museum. 

There are several excellent prizes on offer including an opportunity to photograph from the top of the Forth Bridge (Network Rail), a Nikon Coolpix P900 (Jessops), and numerous vouchers for railway-related magazines and an opportunity to take part in a photographic railway experience etc.

The competition requires entrants to produce a diverse portfolio of six images on the theme “The Railway Seen” and have some connection with the ‘railway today’.

With a closing date of 1 November 2021 there are two age categories.

Full details can be found on

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Commencing today, a vintage bus service is to be run to connect Ingrow with Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage, and Oxenhope and so allow visitors the opportunity to visit all three attractions. The service operates four times a day on weekends only, throughout September.

Chairman’s update
Friday, 21 August 2020
It is pleasing to announce that Matt Arnold, our Learning and Community Engagement Manager, has returned to his duties at Ingrow following some five months on furlough. Matt has been back in post for almost two weeks and is already making a difference to our presence at Ingrow, which previously had been restricted to our workshop team.

I am also delighted to announce that a bid to the National Lottery’s Heritage Emergency Fund for support has been successful and we have just been awarded £61,500. I would especially like to thank John Hillier for his untiring perseverance in obtaining this award, and who has put many hours of work into discussions with Lottery Fund managers, the submission of the application, and keeping our Directors informed of progress. There is no doubt that his previous work with the Bahamas lottery bid stood us in good stead.The award has meant we have been able to reopen the Museum.

The KWVR members’ weekend of the 15th and 16th August was our first, when our regular volunteers opened up to the public. The first day of Railway operation, Wednesday 19th August saw the return of our duty officers Jillian Foster and Barry Slater. The following day Chris Mann returned to duty. We will now be open when the KWVR are operating during August; that is Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Bank Holiday Monday. Sundays will continue as our volunteer-operated day. With our Duty Officers back in post Matt is now getting on with planning our education offer.The Lottery award means we will now be able to operate until the end of the year with a high degree of financial security. The Covid risk assessment and procedures, prepared by Frank Galvin with assistance from Steve Allsop, is now in place and we were pleased that Sir John Oldham was able to confirm their suitability during a site visit in July. We have also been accredited with Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ approval. I was pleased to host Tracey Parkinson, General Manager of the East Lancs Railway, who was impressed to see the work achieved by Frank Galvin and Peter Smith in creating and marking out a one-way route for visitors through the museum, and the provision of sanitiser stations, toilet cleaning measures, and PPE for our staff and volunteers. Only four visitors will be allowed in the Museum at any one time and face coverings must be worn when in the building. 

I would also like to thank our members for the magnificent response to our Covid 19 appeal which has now raised some £6000. This is a wonderful response by our members and supporters and will certainly ease the burden of supporting our activities and the care of our collections. I am also pleased to advise that Keighley Town Council have been able to support our school and community work with a generous grant of £2000 for us produce and provide a community outreach programme especially to local care homes. 

At a time of uncertainly all of this financial support is very welcome and gives us the confidence to look forward with some stability, as well as knowing how much we are appreciated in the local community. 

Other good news is that, in addition to 45596 Bahamas working a number of photo charter trains on the KWVR in September, we have just agreed the loco will make its first visit to another heritage railway when, in October, it will appear at the Mid Hants Railway [the ‘Watercress Line’] for their Autumn Gala.

The other news is that we have recently placed a £5000 order for a new set of boiler tubes for the Coal Tank to ensure progress on the engine’s overhaul is maintained.
As you can see, the last few weeks of the ‘new normal’ has been very busy, but very productive. Further information on all of the above will be included in our summer edition of the Journal, due out in September. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support.

Keith Whitmore,
Chairman Bahamas Locomotive Society

Chairman’s update – 27 July 2020

For our volunteers, our workshop will once more be open for work to recommence from Sunday July 26th.  For further information and anyone wanting to help please contact our engineers Steve Allsop or Steve Peach. After signing-on for the first time a briefing will be given on the safety measures that have been put in place. Social distancing will be strictly observed. All crockery has been removed from the workshop and paper cups will be provided, although the kettle can be used you are recommended to bring a flask and your own refreshments, and to eat outside if possible or, in poor weather, in your car if you have driven to Ingrow. 

We are currently assisting the KWVR’s work on the Ingrow bridge with our steam crane. This work should be competed in the next few weeks. KWVR will be operating shakedown trains over the weekend of 8th and 9th August and will run a service for working members and guests over the weekend of 15th and 16th August. You should refer to the KWVR website or HOPs (for those who have access) should you wish to be involved in these runs. Passenger services will return from 19th August and all tickets must be pre-booked.  Trains will operate between Oxenhope and Keighley and will not stop at any other station. A vintage bus will operate between Ingrow, Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage to Oxenhope to dovetail in with these services. 

Our museum will re-open to the public during the weekend of the 15th and 16th August.  Admission to the museum on this weekend will be free of charge. Visitors will not walk freely around the museum but will be offered guided tours.  Appropriate safety measures have been put in place and will be clearly described on entry to the museum.  Visitors will be required to use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the museum and if use of the toilet is required.  Regular cleaning of surfaces will be undertaken following each guided tour. 

The safety of our visitors and members is our number one priority. We are registered with Visit England and have been classed as ‘A GOOD TO GO’ visitor attraction. Any members wishing to volunteer to open up the museum should contact Ian Dixon. A further announcement about the Museum’s opening times will be issued very shortly. The Museum will most certainly be open every Sunday in August but we do expect to be open on additional days when the KWVR is operating. We are very grateful for the financial support we have received from Museum Development Yorkshire to ensure that our museum can open safely.

Finally we are delighted to be able to announce that in cooperation with KWVR Bahamas will be running a series of Photo Charter Trains in early September.  This will be the first time the loco will have been in steam since our trip over the Settle and Carlisle railway on the 22nd February and I know many will be delighted to see the loco back in operation after so many months. 

We do look forward to seeing our friends and visitors again during the summer months but please recognise that everything is NOT back to normal: we want to see everyone safe and happy whilst they are with us.


Chairman, Bahamas Locomotive Society

The latest edition of Rail Story Reporter – intended for active volunteers at Ingrow – can be viewed HERE

First 2020 Railtour announced see our What’s on page

Winners of the 2019 Prize Draw are as follows:
1st – E Slater – 6994
2nd – B Tunnicliffe – 5843
3rd – Wisby – 8185
4th – S Goldsmith – 0410
5th – S Penn – 1241
6th – P Beebe – 1373
7th – N Tilly – 8400
Congratulations to the lucky winners.

The replica smoke box number plate is just one of 7 prizes in our annual Prize Draw tickets must be returned by the 10th December 2019.
1st Behind the scenes tour of the Railway Museum, York   
2nd Tram Driving experience-Heaton Park Tramway     
3rd Replica 45596 smokebox number plate
4th Bachmann OO gauge model loco 
5th Selection of Silver Link Publishing books   
6th One year subscription to Steam Railway magazine 
7th A Bahamas bundle of items from the BLS book

Tickets are £5 per book or £1 each


The annual Prize Draw results 2018 are as follows:

1st –  Hitachi tour – No.4206 – D Singleton
2nd – GCR footplate experience – No. 8832 – Smythe
3rd – Heaton Park tram driving experience – No. 7704 – Sumner
4th – Subscription to a Mortons’ magazine – No. 5003 – D Coote
5th – Silver Link Publishing books – No.1872 – I Graham
6th – ‘Bahamas’ bundle – No. 0592 – G D Owen

Latest News on Bahamas – 21 December 2018
Further delays have occurred to the test running of 45596 Bahamas and its return to the KWVR.  This is due to the requirement for all the technical support documentation to be recorded in Network Rail’s Rolling Stock Library (see below).  Despite the documentation being ready and submitted some weeks ago, the Christmas holiday period has put back its implementation.  This has had a knock-on effect and delayed the authority to proceed with the testing.  At present the expected return of Bahamas to Haworth is the 22 January 2019.

10 December 2018
It has been confirmed that, because demand for the first rail tour with 45596 has exceeded all expectations, a repeat trip has been arranged for the following Saturday, 16 February, 2019.  Bookings can be made direct to Haworth station on the KWVR telephone: 01535 645214, or by their website here.

5 December 2018
The return of 45596 Bahamas to the KWVR from Tyseley has been affected by an unexpected delay in completing the installation and commissioning of the TPWS/OTMR equipment by the contractor engaged by Tyseley to do the work. This has now been done but the delay has meant that there has been a ‘knock on’ delay to the submission and processing of the documentation needed to allow the engine to be included in the Network Rail Rolling Stock Library. The proposed testing programme has been affected as a direct result.
Given WCRC’s existing commitments around the Christmas period testing has had to be deferred until early January and hence Bahamas will not return to Ingrow until 15 January 2019 (a date still subject to confirmation).  At the moment the plan is for it to return in steam hauling the BLS Support Coach via Burton, Chesterfield, and Leeds.
As the engine is booked to haul its first train on Saturday 9 February when it returns to the railway 45596 will not immediately return to the Engine Shed at Ingrow but will instead go to Haworth to prepare it for its first trip on 9 February; a possible repeat trip shortly after is currently being considered. If this goes ahead details will be found on the KWVR website.
Unfortunately, given these commitments and 45596’s availability during the KWVR March Gala, operating requirements mean that  Bahamas will not to return to Ingrow for display for several weeks. However the intention is that Bahamas will return there as soon as possible.

First rail tour for Bahamas – 9th February 2019
The KWVR are to organise the first rail tour of Bahamas, following its recent overhaul.  Booking will commence on Friday 16 November.  For more details please see the KWVR website:
or contact  Haworth station on 01535 645214

Priority booking for members of the Bahamas Locomotive Society is available prior to the 16th November.  Please contact Haworth direct for further information and provide your membership number.

29/30 September 2018
It is expected that the overhaul of 45596 Bahamas will have been completed and on display at Tyseley Locomotive Works for their Open Weekend. Further details to follow.

17 December 2017 – Raffle Prize Draw results
1st – 0781 – Mike Holmes – Driving Experience on the GCR
2nd – 4334 – Russ Kinder – Behind the scenes tour of Tyseley Locomotive Works
3rd – 4410 – Sue Pooler – Cookery voucher
4th – 3016 – J Tidworth – £100 of Ian Allan books
5th – 2611 – H Lockley – Bachmann Shakespeare train set
6th – 3147 – Duncan Savage – Subscription to Steam Railway magazine
7th – 1710 – John Bennett – A bundle of ‘Bahamas’ goodies..

Thank you to all those who took part in this year’s Prize Draw and especially to those who have most kindly provided the prizes.

17 June 2017 – 50th anniversary meeting
The Society celebrated its 50th anniversary by holding a meeting in the Crown Hotel, Great Moor, Stockport, and in the same room where the Society was inaugurated in June 1967.  Some 47 members both past and present came together to renew friendship and reminisce of times past.  A selection of photographs, presentations and film were shown on the day.  All who attended welcomed the opportunity to return to the Crown, the Chairman inviting all to return 50 years hence!.

Some of the attendees at the 50th anniversary meeting at the Crown Hotel, Stockport.

Some of the attendees at the 50th anniversary meeting at the Crown Hotel, Stockport.

December 2016 Raffle Draw

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’.

Many thanks to all those taking part

22 February 2016
It is with regret that, as a consequence of restrictions on the movement of heavy loads to and from the KWVR, the visit of the LNWR Coal Tank to the Bluebell Railway, planned for the end of March, has had to be cancelled.

21 December 2015
The prize draw was held at Ingrow on 20 December 2015, during our Christmas festivities.  The lucky winners are:

1st Prize – Ticket 3410 – Mr Ted Chester
2nd Prize – Ticket 0018 – Mrs Jillian Foster
3rd Prize – Ticket 3948 – Mrs Ashton
4th Prize – Ticket 8760 – Mr Mike O’Conner
5th Prize – Ticket 1270 – Malcolm
6th Prize – Ticket 1388 – Mr Doragh
7th Prize – Ticket 2002 – Mr John Mills

A total of 2470 tickets were sold.  Thank you to all those who took part in the draw – and congratulations to the winners.  Look out for next year’s draw, when an equally interesting a wide range of prizes will be offered.

19 October 2015
A Mark 2 coach has been purchased for use as a support vehicle for when Bahamas is out on the main line.   It is a BFK (First Class, Brake) No. M14060.  The coach will go on loan to the Battlefield Line, before work gets underway to prepare it for certification for use on the rail network.

22 December 2014 – Prize Draw winners
Following the prize draw at Ingrow on 21 December 2014, we can now announce the winners.  They are:

1st Prize – Ticket 3152 – Mr Stephen Bryant
2nd Prize – Ticket 0153 – Matt Brown
3rd Prize – Ticket 1060 – Geoff Muddiman
4th Prize – Ticket 3900 – Chloe Ashford
5th Prize – Ticket 3018 – Gordon Randles

Thank you to all those who took part in the draw – and congratulations to the winners.

August 2014 – New DVD launched of Coal Tank 1054

DVD cover 1_Page_1 A new DVD, produced exclusively for us by On Track Productions, is to be launched at Ingrow on Saturday 30th August 2014.  This DVD features the loco following the recently completed overhaul in its various guises when it portrayed its former identities as BR No. 58926, LMS No.7799, as well as its more familiar LNWR No.1054.  The DVD also includes archive footage of 1054 at the Dinting Railway Centre and on the Wilsons Brewery ‘shuttles’ during the 1980s.  An additional free DVD includes interviews with former railwaymen and others who contributed to saving the first locomotive to be purchased privately by public subscription, at the dawn of the railway heritage movement.

Please visit our ‘shop’ page if you wish to place an order.

22 January 2014 – Breakdown coach arrives back at Ingrow

coach arrival
Wednesday, 22nd January saw the arrival from Shildon of the Society’s Breakdown Riding & Tool Van.  The van had recently undergone a major external overhaul at the Rail Restorations North East workshop situated in the former Shildon wagon works.  Work will soon commence on the internal refurbishment for its use as the ‘Learning Coach’ the new educational resource planned as part of the HLF funded project to overhaul Bahamas.
The internal work is to be undertaken by Society volunteers and an appeal is soon to get underway for anyone with woodworking and carpentry capabilities to come along and practise those skills, so that the Learning Coach will have the chance to be operational at the commencement of the school term this September.
For further information on the history of this vehicle see this page.

21 January 2014 – Bahamas on ‘TV’
‘’, the internet based news programme sponsored by the Morton’s Group and produced by Alan Price of ‘Ontrack Productions’, has recently featured Bahamas.  The web-based heritage tv channel is normally available to download by subscription, but there is currently a special offer for a free trial period.  So follow the link:

The recent visit of Bahamas to Horncastle is also featured on ‘youtube’, please follow the link:
and also:

6 January 2014 – Prize Draw winners
Following the prize draw at Ingrow on 15 December 2013, we can now announce the winners.  They are:

1st Mr R Bolger, Beverley.  Ticket No. 8731
2nd Mr J Maclennan, Glasgow.  Ticket No.9185
3rd Mr B Elvin, Southend on Sea.  Ticket No.2910
4th Mr D Pickersgill, Leeds.  Ticket No.6415
5th Mr I Hunter, Hyde.  Ticket No.1301

Thank you to all those who took part in the draw – and congratulations to the winners.

27 November – Bahamas arrives at Tyseley
Bahamas arrived at the Tyseley Locomotive Works today ready for work to commence on the overhaul of the engine’s boiler and chassis.  See the Work in Progress page to see regular updates on the project.

26 November – Bahamas at Horncastle
Bahamas visited the Morton’s Media Group at Horncastle in Lincolnshire today, taking a slight detour on route to the Tyseley Locomotive Works.  Coverage of the event was broadcast on BBC local radio and TV.

5 November – Applications invited for Audience Development Co-ordinator
Applications are now invited for the role of Audience Development Co-ordinator as part of the HLF funded project to overhaul Bahamas.
Details of the role are available here. Audience Development Coordinator

31 October – Contract signed to overhaul Bahamas
The contract was signed today for the overhaul of Bahamas at the Tyseley Locomotive Works.  For more information please see our  Press Release – Contract signed. 5 November 2013.

19 October 2013 – Engineering Heritage Award for LNWR ‘Coal Tank’.Engineering Heritage Award plaque
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers have awarded their prestigious Engineering Heritage Award to the 125 year-old LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054.  The award was made during a ceremony at the Ingrow Loco Museum on Saturday, 19 October, by the Institution’s past president Professor Isobel Pollock.

A further presentation was made when one of the 1054 numberplates was handed over to the National Trust, the engine’s owners.  This plate had been made at Crewe Works in 1960 and had been fitted to the engine during the cosmetic restoration following its purchase by the Webb Coal Tank Engine Preservation Fund.

The finale to the 125th ‘birthday party’ held during the weekend was the prize draw for the headboard carried by 1054.  The winner was Selina Ullah of Keighley.  For those who were unlucky, their tickets will remain in the draw for the other prizes listed on the ticket, which is to take place on 15th December.

4 September 2013 – CT125 travel voucher
As part of the event to celebrate 125 years since the Coal Tank was built at Crewe, a discount voucher for travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway behind No 1054, on the 19/20 October, may be downloaded and printed here. CT125 voucher

3 September 2013 – Coal Tank visits Abergavenny
Details of the visit of Coal Tank 1054 to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway on 13/14/15 September are now being finalised.  On route by road to Blaenavon, the engine will pause in Abergavenny on Tuesday 10 September and thus re-visit the town from where it helped pull the last train to Merthyr in 1958.  It is anticipated that the engine will be on view in Fairfield Car Park, near the town centre, for a couple of hours before midday.

28 August 2013
The Breakdown and Riding Van left Ingrow for Rail Restorations North East Ltd where it is to be externally overhauled and restored prior to its conversion by Society members into an educational and learning facility.  This former LMS corridor composite coach was converted in 1958 for use in breakdown trains, with one area of the coach used for the storage of tools and equipment while three of the original compartments were retained for use by the railway staff, one of which was converted into a kitchen.

5 August 2013
It has been announced today that Bahamas is to be overhauled at Tysley – see Press Release re Tyseley

23 July 2013
‘Coal Tank’ to celebrates 125 years
The LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 was constructed at the Crewe Locomotive Works in September 1888.  To celebrate its 125 ‘birthday’ the engine will feature on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway over the weekend of 19th and 20th October.  A number of special events are planned.

The weekend follows the appearance of the engine at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway in South Wales on the 14th and 15th September, and at the NRM’s Locomotion gala the following weekend at Shildon.

Please see the press release – CT125

25 March 2013
We can now announce that our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help fund the overhaul of 45596 Bahamas has been successful.  The HLF are to provide a grant of £775,800 towards the project’s £905,800 total cost.

For further information on this exciting news, please see our Press Release at the link below:


4 March 2013
A round-up of our forthcoming programme of talks and presentations has been posted on the new ‘Talks’ page.

2 January 2013
A concise round-up of our recent activities can be viewed in our ‘Review of the Year 2012′ at the link HERE.

Congratulations to Mr Des Hinks from Stockport who was the lucky winner of the draw as part of the Donate by Text scheme for the STEAM”S LAST BLAST Appeal.  Mr Hinks has been fortunate to win a two-day break at the ‘Tudor House’ guest house in the Yorkshire Dales.

13 – 14 November 2012

The Coal Tank was used for filming sequences on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to be used in the forthcoming BBC TC drama ‘Peaky Blinders’.  The engine was used for hauling a rake of vintage coaches owned by the Vintage Carriages Trust and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust, the vehicles masquerading as GWR stock.  The filming took place at Keighley Station (aka Birmingham Snow Hill) as well as on the train between Keighley and Damems.

The engine is also one of three nominated for the Heritage Railway Association/Steam Railway Award.  Readers of the magazine have the opportunity to vote for the Coal Tank in the November issue of the magazine.

29 October 2012
It has been announced today that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded Development Funding of £5,500 to the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS).  This award has been made in order to progress their plans for a full application to the HLF for £689k towards the overhaul of ‘Jubilee’ Class steam locomotive No.45596 Bahamas and the associated skill development and educational programme which will support the project.  If this round two application is successful the BLS hope to begin the project during 2013.

Please read the full Press Release issued today.


12 – 14 October 2012

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Gala will be the last chance to see the Coal Tank in LMS livery as 7799. 0-6-0 Nunlow will also be in operation over this weekend giving brake van rides at Ingrow.

Meanwhile – 45596 Bahamas is still on loan and on display at the National Railway Museum at York. It is likely to be there until the end of the year.

‘Bahamas’ alongside ‘Mallard’ at the National Railway Museum in York, during October 2012

The Coal Tank as LMS 7799 at the Severn Valley Railway gala in September 2012

8th July 2012

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. This will be the last chance to see the Coal Tank in BR livery as 58926, before it reverts to LNWR No. 1054.

2 – 10 June 2012

See 45596 Bahamas and the Coal Tank, as BR No. 58926, at the National Railway Museum’s Railfest exhibition.

4th May 2012

Bashers Gadgets and Mourners, the book on the LNWR Coal Tanks  received the joint award for the ‘Railway Book of the Year 2012′ by the Railway & Canal Historical Society.

See our Shop page for details of how to order this book.