Steam locomotive 45596 Bahamas will haul Nene Valley trains for Queen’s Jubilee weekend

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The Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire has announced that LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas will visit its railway in June.

Visiting June 4-10, 2022, the Jubilee Locomotive will haul trains on June 5 as part of the NVR Jubilee event.

The NVR will be the main base in the Bahamas for the week, departing to carry tours for various businesses.

More information about the Bahamas tour will be available soon on the NVR website.

A brief history of 45596 Bahamas

45596 Bahamas was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for the London Midland & Scottish Railway. 45596 was designed by Sir William Stanier and entered service in 1935. 45596 is the only ‘twin-stack’ Jubilee locomotive having been fitted with one in 1961 as part of a trial.

In 1967 the Bahamas was purchased from British Railways for preservation by the Bahamas Locomotive Society. After which it was sent to the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds for repair and repainted in LMS Crimson Lake livery.

The BLS secured the lease of a section of track at Dinting station near Glossop where it established the Dinting Railway Museum.

In 1994, the mainline ticket for 45596 Bahamas expired, with the locomotive spending the next three years running on heritage railways until its 10-year boiler ticket expired in 1997.

Over the next 15 years the locomotive moved between storage and static displays at the KWVR in Ingrow West and Oxenhope, and the National Railway Museum in York.

Credit: ASH Rail Photography

A Heritage Lottery Fund application in 2012 was successful and completed a redesign. In September 2018, 45596 Bahamas was fully restored and steamed at the Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Day.

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