BA­HAMAS TAKES CEN­TRE STAGE AT TYSELEY JAMBOREE

The lat­est main line star is born again while ‘Edgcumbe’ makes one last en­core be­fore over­haul.

Steam Railway (UK) - - FOCUS - BY NICK BRO­DRICK

AT­TEN­TION NOW TURNS TO

MAIN LINE TRI­ALS FOR No. 45596, WHICH WILL BE CON­DUCTED FROM THE BIRM­ING­HAM OUT­POST

The first pub­lic moves by Ba­hamas were the ic­ing on Tyseley’s 50th birth­day cake fol­low­ing the ‘Ju­bilee’s’ ma­jor lot­tery-funded over­haul at the Birm­ing­ham work­shops.

The LMS 4-6-0 had only made its first ten­ta­tive moves around Tyseley yard two days be­fore the depot’s doors were opened to the pub­lic for the an­niver­sary show on Septem­ber 29/30. It was the first time that steam had ex­hausted through the ‘Ju­bilee’s’ dou­ble­blast­pipe chim­ney since 1997.

Lady McAlpine, widow of the late Ba­hamas Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Sir Wil­liam, un­furled the flag of the en­gine’s name­sake coun­try, as Chair­man Keith Whit­more did like­wise with the Union Flag, to re­veal the ‘5XP’s’ diminu­tive brass plates, at the end of a short cer­e­mony for in­vited guests on Septem­ber 28.

At­ten­tion now turns to main line tri­als for No. 45596, which will be con­ducted from the Birm­ing­ham out­post, un­der the charge of West Coast Rail­ways. Ba­hamas will ven­ture to Strat­ford-upon-Avon, ini­tially with its sup­port coach, then with a loaded train, prior to a loaded 75mph trial round the Le­ices­ter-Lough­bor­ough cir­cuit. Dates for the tri­als have not been re­vealed.

If suc­cess­ful, there will be a home run for No. 45596 to the BLS’ In­grow base on the Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way in Novem­ber, and re­quests to hire the lo­co­mo­tive by rail­tour pro­mot­ers will then be con­sid­ered.

While Tyseley’s 50th an­niver­sary rep­re­sented the re­vival of one dou­ble-chim­ney 4-6-0, it was the end for an­other, ‘Cas­tle’ No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, which was ap­pear­ing on an ex­tended boiler cer­tifi­cate just for the event. To­gether with ‘8750’ pan­nier tank No. 9600, it steamed for the last time be­fore their re­spec­tive over­hauls on Septem­ber 30.

‘Edgcumbe’ was oc­ca­sion­ally posed with three of its class­mates round the for­mer 84E turntable: Nos. 5080 De­fi­ant (await­ing over­haul), 7027 Thorn­bury Cas­tle (newly ar­rived for restora­tion) and 7029 Clun Cas­tle (in steam).

As well as the ‘big hit­ters’, there was an eclec­tic mix of other steam lo­co­mo­tive at­trac­tions through­out the event (see page 19).

●● Tyseley TOC lat­est – see Down Main, page 48.

JACK BOSKETT CLIVE HAN­LEY

Ba­hamas breathes fire again on Septem­ber 28. The four ‘Cas­tles’ await their au­di­ence on the morn­ing of Septem­ber 29.

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