Locomotive change for the North Northamptonshire steam route this weekend


LMS Jubilee class 45596 Bahamas. Photo courtesy of Thomas Woolley

That all changed for a steam race in north Northamptonshire this weekend after the decision to swap iconic locomotives.

A train pulled by the iconic Duchess of Sutherland was scheduled to stop at Kettering station on its journey from London to York on Saturday, October 16.

But the trip, organized by The Railway Touring Company, will now see the train towed by the Jubilee Class 5596 Bahamas.

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It will leave Bedford at around 8:48 am and pass through Wellingborough before arriving at Kettering to pick up passengers.

After leaving town station around 9.47am, it will pass through Corby station before ascending to the famous Harringworth Viaduct, Britain’s longest masonry viaduct, heading north.

The train will revert to diesel transported later in the evening.

The Bahamas, named after the West Indian country, was built in 1934 but was taken off the line in 1966.

It was saved from junkyard after a preservation company raised money to buy it from British Rail.

After coming back to the line and then retired again, it spent many years in both storage and public display.

The locomotive returned to the main line in 2019 after another overhaul project, which began in 2013.

On Saturday, the Kettering Civic Society will also open its community hall, Time Travelers, at Kettering Station from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Afterwards, the Kettering Locomotive Society will unveil an information board in the presence of the mayor, Cllr Scott Edwards.


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