31 December 2020 In addition to the tours operated through Vintage Trains (see below), 45596 Bahamas will be hauling some tours for Steam Dreams during the Autumn and details can be found on the Steam Dreams website and in its brochure. https://www.steamdreams.co.uk
The first to be announced is a tour from London to Penzance on 28 September returning to London on 1 October with a trip to Par and back on 30 September.
These tours offer 45596 an opportunity to work out of London for the first time in preservation and the loco will work over several new routes for the engine.
17 December 2020 Vintage Trains have recently published a press release which gives details of their plans for 2021. Bahamas will feature in some of their tours and details and booking information will be found on their website: http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk/
Those currently announced include: Saturday 12th June – Welsh Marches Express Saturday 24th July – The Buxton Jubilee Saturday 7th August – The Welshman (to Holyhead)
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.
For information on steam rail tours throughout the UK – including those utilising 45596, please follow the link HERE.
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