Trackside Talks

In conjunction with the Bahamas Locomotive Society we are delighted to announce a series of short talks by prominent members of the KWVR & BLS. These talks, that will cover railway matters both locally and nationally, will take place in the Learning Coach at Ingrow West station.

Most talks take place during the day, are FREE to anyone who wishes to attend and there is no need to book in advance. However it would be very helpful to us if you could register your interest to attend by calling 07825 632 123 or emailing learning@ingrowloco.com.

January

  • Sunday 13th, 11.00 – 12.00: Imperial Jubilees – The Curious Story of the Origins of the Territorial Names of LMS Jubilee Class Locomotives (David Pearson)
  • Sunday 20th, 11.00 – 11.45: Re-building Ingrow Station – A Walking Talk and Tour (David Pearson)
  • Sunday 27th, 11.00 – 12.00: Bradford’s Railway that Never Was – The Midland’s Lost Route to the North (David Pearson)

February

  • Sunday 17th, 14.00 – 15.00: Preserved Steam Locomotives Stateside (Richard Greenwood)
  • Sunday 24th, 11.00 – 12.00: Rocket to Metrolink – Greater Manchester Transport Heritage and Operation (Keith Whitmore)

March

  • Sunday 3rd, 11.00 – 12.00: Steam Locomotive No. 1054 – A Mobile National Trust Property (Pete Skellon)
  • Saturday 9th, 17.00 – 18.30: The Artistry of Eric Treacy and other Rail Cameramen (John Hillier)
  • Saturday 16th, 11.00 – 12.00: Island Tracks – Railways on the Isle Of Wight Part 1 [pre-December 1966] (Ian Purkis)

April

  • Friday 5th, 18.00 – 19.30: The Bahamas Locomotive Society – A Preservation Pioneer (John Hillier)

Talks are FREE but, being voluntary organisations, donations are, of course, most welcome.

‘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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Heritage Open Days

The Bahamas Locomotive Society and the Vintage Carriages Trust will be fully participating in the Heritage Open Days this September, and RAIL STORY will be fully open, with free access and tours of the Locomotive Shed, Carriage Works, Ingrow station and the Learning Coach over all four days.

A locomotive will be in steam in Ingrow Yard on at least one of the Open Days. Visitors will have access to ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the various locations at Ingrow, and there will also be activities for youngsters.

This will be one of the major West Yorkshire Heritage Open Day events and will be a first for the KWVR, who are one of the relatively few heritage railways participating.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Friday 9 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Saturday 10 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 11 September: 11:00-16:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session.

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For more information on this and other venues visit the Heritage Open Days website

Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

Our popular Vintage Train Sundays – which operate on seven dates this year – start this Sunday, 5th June and will have a slightly different ‘look’ in 2016!

In order to create added interest this year, in addition to the standard 2-train service (with one set being formed of vintage stock), there are a series of additional Keighley-Ingrow shuttles in the main part of the day. Coaching stock will be drawn from coaches belonging to our partners the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no 85 is the rostered loco for these services throughout the summer

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The shuttles will be worked by Bahamas Locomotive Society locomotives, either Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T side tank no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ or LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054. ‘Nunlow’ is the rostered locomotive for the first Sunday of this new venture.

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

Duty Officer – Bahamas Locomotive Society Job Vacancy, 17 Feb. 2015

The Bahamas Locomotive Society is seeking applicants for the post of Duty Officer based at the Ingrow Loco Museum located adjacent to Ingrow West Station. This position is a fixed term contract to run from 30 March 2015 until 30 October 2015 providing 25 hours work per week on midweek days with standard hours being 10.30 hrs to 15.30 hours (5 hours).

By its very nature the role requires a wide ranging and flexible set of duties which will support the Museum and Educational activities of the BLS (Charity No. 259626).

Pay is £7.50 per hour.

Applicants wishing to apply for this position are recommended to click HERE for a comprehensive job specification including the range of potential duties and personal specification for potential candidates. Applications for the role should be emailed to John Hillier at jrh@johnhillier.co.uk or sent to him at The Farmhouse, West Farm, Barrowden, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 8EQ.

Applications should include details of two Referees who will be contacted should the applicant be selected for interview.

Applications must be received by the close of business on Friday 13th March 2015.

Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 15th – 18th July and Weekend 19th & 20th July

90733-140517_1-KBThis week sees WD 2-8-0 90733 on the Tuesday – Friday Pink timetable. However the home fleet takes a rest on Saturday and Sunday when, advised LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 operates the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623_IIThis Sunday is another Vintage Trains day, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will leave its Bahamas Locomotive Society base at Ingrow West to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

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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.

Vintage Trains this Sunday

LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal tank’ 1054 was out on the mainline today hauling two of the Vintage Carriages Trust‘s Metropolitan coaches for the annual general meeting of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This gave a taster for the first of the Sunday Vintage Trains when 1054 will haul the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust‘s 3 carriage vintage set tomorrow. Click here for details and here for the day’s timetable.

The headline photograph shows 1054 with the Metropolitan First Class coach and Third Class brake leaving Ingrow yard today to take the AGM special to Oxenhope.

Photo: News@KWVR

2014 Vintage Trains

Our special Vintage trains will operate on selected Sundays throughout the summer using steam locomotives and coaches, one dating back to the days of Queen Victoria. Enjoy a rare chance to ride in historic wooden bodied carriages of yesteryear. The 2014 Vintage Train Sundays are split over June, July and August, June 22 and 29, July 20 and 27, August 10 and 17.

This year trains will be hauled by the famous LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 (Subject to availability).  As announced elsewhere, the Old Gentleman’s Saloon is not available this year, so the trains will consist of all three operational carriages owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust with an additional vehicle from the Railways operational fleet.

Featured image: Richard Beckett

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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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Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading

Bahamas Society Breakdown Riding & Tool Van Returns

Bahamas Coach under restorationHaving left Ingrow on the 28th August last year for external and partial internal restoration and overhaul at Rail Restorations North East Ltd. in Shildon, the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Breakdown & Tolls Van has now returned to its Ingrow base. This ex-LMS corridor composite passenger coach is the centre of the new educational resource planned as part of the £3/4M Heritage Lottery Fund funded project to overhaul Jubilee Class, Bahamas.

The 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.

At Ingrow it will be internally repaired and converted for its new use.  This will entail restoration of one of the compartments to its original passenger-carrying splendour, while the former tool and equipment stowage area will be used as an exhibition space and classroom facility. The internal work is to be undertaken by Society volunteers planned so that the Learning Coach will be operational at the commencement of the school term this September.

For further information on this coach visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s own dedicated website.

Featured image & Photo: Bahamas Locomotive Society

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