STEAM train enthusiasts were able to spot a rare glimpse of a locomotive passing through local stations.
45596 Bahamas is back on the mainline this week for the first time in 2022 as it takes on the tour of Britain.
Video courtesy of Steven Little
Today (April 27), the Bahamas moved on from the Grange over Sands to Cardiff section of the tour of Britain.
It passed through Chester, Wrexham General and Chirk on its way down to South Wales.
45596 was built in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). It was a standard Jubilee class locomotive, designed by William Stanier, the LMS’s chief mechanical engineer. In June 1936, 45596 was given the name Bahamas after the Caribbean islands in the Atlantic Ocean that were part of the British Empire.
The Bahamas was saved from being scrapped after several members of the public came together to try to buy it in hopes of using the locomotive to run special excursion trains. British Rail showed a lack of enthusiasm when approached by the preservation society as the group were having great difficulty raising funds.
Early in 1967 British Rail had agreed to the sale of the Bahamas to a scrap dealer in Hull. But the company acquired enough money, largely thanks to a sympathetic businessman’s offer of a £3,000 loan to cover the purchase, and high-profile intervention within British Rail ended up being sold to the Bahamas Locomotive Society – in whose hands it remains.