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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