'Jubilee' class steam locomotive - 45596 Bahamas

'Jubilee' class steam locomotive - 45596 Bahamas

'Jubilee' class steam locomotive - 45596 Bahamas

Heritage Grants

Keighley West
Bahamas Locomotive Society Ltd
£780800
The golden age of steam always proves to be an irresistible attraction to people of all ages. A grant of £780,800 will help restore a famous main-line steam locomotive based on the Keighley and the Worth Valley Railway.

It was used originally by the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1934 and 1948 and then by nationalised British Railways until 1966. Bahamas ran more than 1.4million miles, taking passengers and freight across the northern countryside. In 1961, it became the UK’s last steam engine modified by BR to improve the performance of its fleet of steam locos. Bought for preservation in 1967, the future of this 1934 Jubilee class 45596 Bahamas is now assured and the dedicated volunteers hope the engine will drive further tourism to Yorkshire. Bahamas is due to be operational again by early 2017 but first it will provide employment, training and skill development for contractors and volunteers around the country including at its Ingrow base near Keighley.

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