Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018

Santa Steam Specials are running to capacity, and despite the poor weather conditions we have seen lots and lots of happy faces. This weekend has the possibility of some snow showers and if that combines with clear blue skies, you have the picture postcard Santa Specials.

This weekend, as with all Santa Steam Specials, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Once again steam motive power will be provided by 2 locomotives. On Saturday, taking its first tour of Santa duty this year, will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and on Sunday BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours.  Both locomotives will be in steam, with the non-operation locomotive, on standby in Haworth yard.

This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free of charge to Santa Special ticket holders.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

 

‘BAHAMAS RAILTOUR 2’, Oxenhope to Carlisle 16th February 2019

 

Due to the huge success and quick sell out of the original 9th February ‘Bahamas’ Railtour, we have decided to launch a second tour date, just one week later, so that all of our wonderful enthusiasts are able to get the chance to enjoy one of 45596’s first mainline running in over 25 years!

LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class locomotive 45596 ‘Bahamas, was the first of the four Jubilees of the class to be preserved and occupies a special place in railway history as it was the very last steam engine to be modified by BR in its attempts to improve the performance of its steam fleet with the fitting of its unique double chimney and blastpipe in 1961. The Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) bought 45596 in 1967.

‘Bahamas’ ran on the main line (1989 – 1994) before retiring to Oxenhope Exhibition Shed in 1997. 45596 moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works in November 2013 as a result of the BLS’s successful £996k bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help to give it the most extensive overhaul since 1961. 45596’s first steaming after its latest overhaul was on 27 September and, on its return to Ingrow, ‘Bahamas’ is about to operate on the main line once again.

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 16th February 2019.

Tickets are available to purchase online NOW! For more details and to book your ticket, click HERE to go to the main KWVR website.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

To find out more visit the railtour page of the KWVR website

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets are now on sale to purchase online. To book your ticket, go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets will be available to purchase online on Friday 16th November. To book your ticket, on Friday (and not before) go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

Comings and Goings at Ingrow

November was a busy month at Ingrow as one arrival returned a Railway Children favourite in an incoming load and the same low loader took away another one. In a third movement, the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) took another step forward in returning ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ 5XP 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ to working order.

Returning to the Railway from cosmetic restoration and display at the National Railway Museum, was the ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 5775 resplendent in its fictitious Great Northern and Southern Railway livery that it carried in the iconic 1970s film. Once the Santa season it past the locomotive will go back on display in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed.

Ironically passing 5775 on its way in, was North Eastern Railway Clerestory Inspection Saloon, no. 1661 leaving the Railway for specialist repairs to be carried out after its underframe sustained some serious damage whilst away from the KWVR on a previous occasion. (The coach can just be seen in the background as 5775 is unloaded)

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Whilst the engine is away being restored at Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, the BLS team have been busy refurbishing the chassis and wheelsets of ‘Bahamas’ the tender. A little while ago, a complete new tender tank was delivered to Ingrow and last week the Society’s steam crane was fired up and lifted the new tank onto the chassis. The ensemble was then moved inside for work to continue. The intention is that the tender will be transported to Tyesley early in 2017 to join the rest of the locomotive.

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LMS ‘Jubilee’ 45596 ‘Bahamas’ Update

As work progresses on the Worth Valley fleet, the Bahamas Locomotive Society are forging ahead with their lottery funded project to restore LMS ‘Jubilee’ 5XP 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ and create a new learning facility in a 1924-built LMS riding and tool van.

The Society’s website reports that with ‘Bahamas’ work continues on two fronts at Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW) and at the Ingrow Loco Workshop. At TLW both mechanical and boiler work has been undertaken. On the mechanical side the pistons have been separated from their rods; the steam brake cylinder has been removed, stripped and examined; the new axlebox-crown brass castings have been delivered, and the horn cheek liners are on order. The engine frames have been lifted from the wheels.

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Bahamas Overhaul Latest Update

Having been delivered to Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham in November, the overhaul of LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas (see above at the NRM) is now in full swing.

Progress in 2013 included the removal of the main steam pipes, superheater elements and blastpipe. In addition the cab, the footplate boiler cladding, boiler expansion angle clamps removed, the ejector exhaust pipe and various other sundry fittings

Earlier this month, the boiler was disconnected, the valves and pistons removed from the cylinders, and the brake gear removed from the chassis.

Bahamas Boiler LiftThe Society can now report that an important milestone in dismantling Bahamas has been reached and the boiler was lifted cleanly from the frames ready for the removal of the boiler tubes and a detailed examination of the boiler anticipated sometime in February. The examination will include ultrasonic thickness testing and will determine the amount of remedial work that is necessary.

At Ingrow the old tender tank was removed in December and shipped to Hill & Webster Ltd. at Ashbourne to assist in the fabrication of a new tank, the old one being beyond economic repair.

And finally, the Society’s ex-BR Breakdown Riding & Toll Van has returned to Ingrow after renovation work. See separate story.

For further information on this historic restoration, visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society dedicated website.

Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photo: Bahamas Locomotive Society