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Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s August 26 – September 2 1988 – ‘Bahamas’

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s
August 26 – September 2 1988 – ‘Bahamas’


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  13 December 2012  Thomas’s Pics
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Saturday, August 6th, saw LMS Jubilee ‘Bahamas’ in steam and carrying out some light engine movements at Dinting Railway Centre, for the first time in fifteen years. Visitors to the Centre on that day received a bonus, although the engine was unfinished as far as the painting goes, no problems were evident and the locomotive ran perfectly.
The race is now on to complete the painting in time for the big event of 1988 at the Centre, which will be the 21st anniversary of the Centre itself and the re-commissioning of the Jubilee.


Boiler repairs became necessary during 1973 and Bahamas was taken out of service to become a static exhibit at the Society’s home at the Dinting Railway Centre.
Work on the restoration of other locomotives by Society volunteers prevented a start on the overhaul of Bahamas until 1980. It was to be a further eight years before the overhaul was completed, at a cost of £16,000. All the work was undertaken by Society members, who effected a saving in the region of £50,000 when compared with the cost of similar work undertaken by contract firms at that time.
Restored to its authentic British Railways condition, Bahamas successfully operated 37 railtours on the main line between 1989 and 1994, covering more than 12,000 miles before its main-line certificate became due for renewal. It was praised by both enthusiasts and professional railwaymen, and earned itself an enviable reputation for excellent reliability and good performance.
Then followed visits to various heritage railways until the expiry of its boiler certificate in 1997 resulted in its withdrawal from operation.
The engine then went on public display in the museum of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway at Oxenhope, where it stayed until 2012 when it was invited to attend the ‘Railfest’ event at the National Railway Museum in York. Its stay at York was extended until the following year, when it returned to Ingrow.
It was during 2012 that an application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the overhaul of Bahamas to be undertaken by contractors and thus speed the process of its return to working order. The bid was successful, and by December 2013 work had commenced on the boiler, wheels and frames at the Tyseley Locomotive Works. See the Work in Progress page for updates with the project.  http://ingrowlocomuseum.com/?page_id=352

The Great Goodbye – Shildon, February 2014

The Great Goodbye – A4 locos at Shildon, 2014

Events – The Great Goodbye – Gresley A4s, NRM Shildon


Final preparations for the Great Goodbye

In Shildon from 15-23 February 2014

We’re just over a week away from the final event of the Mallard 75 series. Looking back over everything that’s happened, it’s truly been an amazing time with so many people showing their love for the world’s fastest steam loco. For an overview of the past few months see our latest blog, but here at the museum we’ve been busy looking fowards and preparing for the next event. The two repatriated A4s left our museum last week to make a special appearance at Barrow Hill, before heading up to Shildon to meet their sister locos. Meanwhile Mallard and Union of South Africa were waiting in the wings getting ready for their own journey to the Great Goodbye. Yesterday Mallard returned to the East Coast Main Line behind the operational engine Union of South Africa as you can see in this video. Together they made the trip to Shildon, and in doing so made some fantastic photos which can be seen here. With the arrival of the two other operational locos next week, Bittern and Sir Nigel Gresley, we’ll once again have all six surviving Gresley A4s together – most likely for the last ever time. For full details of everything we have planned check the website.

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Get ready for the final gathering

We’ve made our preparations, have you? The next seven days will be your last chance to book your place at the special extra events that guarantee to make the Great Goodbye a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With all the special photography events now sold out your final chance to snap the A4s up close and without the crowds is at our Gala Dinner. The engines will be floodlit with plenty of time to make sure you get the perfect shot. Afterwards you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the museum’s Collection Building and say goodbye to the A4s in style. There will also be a unique preview of ‘Steamsong’, a multimedia opera inspired by the story of the A4s including a blend of live performance and archive footage. There are also a few places left to attend the series of Curator Talks, offering a fascinating insight into the celebrations from our team of experts. Don’t worry about planning your journey either as our friends at Northern Rail have arranged for extra services to deal with the increased demand.

Make the Great Goodbye a special farewell

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Forthcoming Attractions – National Railway Museum The Great Gathering 3 – 17 July

National Railway Museum

The Great Gathering

3 – 17 July

2013_06130029  We’re nearly a week away from the start of our Mallard 75 celebrations as the nation prepares to mark Mallard’s world steam speed record. The support for this event has been absolutely amazing with people sharing images, poems and even songs dedicated to the world’s fastest ever steam loco. Two out of six A4 locos are on display in our Great Hall whilst a further three wait in the wings. Sir Nigel Gresley and Union of South Africa have both arrived at our museum and sit in our North Yard as they are prepared for display around our Turntable. The star of the show, Mallard, is also out of view being prepared for its grand entrance next Wednesday. As well as the chance to see all of Gresley’s surviving A4s make sure you book your place onto one of our curator talks. These will be free but ticketed events where our team of experts delve deeper into aspects of the Mallard 75 story.

MallardTwo “streaks”

LNER built A4 No. 4496 (BR No. 60008) “Dwight D Eisenhower” sits in the National Railway Museum with sister A4 4458 “Mallard”.   Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright TheTurfBurner and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Chasewater Railway Museum Exhibits – Time to show another selection of our latest museum items.

Chasewater Railway Museum Exhibits

 Time to show another selection of our latest museum items.


Last Sunday, February 17th, the museum was given a framed photograph of what looks like a group of P way workers.  The photo is marked: H.W.Davies – Brownhills, but unfortunately we have no real idea of the location, apart from guessing the local sidings, so if anyone has any suggestions as to the whereabouts of the location, we would be very happy to hear from you.


This wagon plate is one of a number of items loaned to the museum by one of our occasional visitors from his private collection, some 19 at the moment.  He is pleased with the care taken of his objects, especially since we achieved the Accredited Museum standard.  On February 17th he happily agreed to extend the loan on all of his objects for a further two years.


A nice booklet for our reference library, about the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.  Of particular interest as we have a 6-wheel coach from the line in the Heritage Centre, donated by the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Co.  Built in 1875.


We have another local history book for our collection, this time about Great Wyrley.  This was donated by David Bathurst, and we also have two signs from the old Great Wyrley station.


Lastly for now and biggest, is this 7-lever signal frame from Hemyock station on the Culm Valley Railway, Devon, closed in 1965.  It came to Chasewater from the National Railway Museum at York.

A fantastic free day out National Railway Museum

A fantastic free day out  

National Railway Museum

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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s cosmetic restoration in now complete. After travelling over 2,500 miles across the Atlantic, Dwight’s journey to join the Mallard 75 celebrations is nearly over. The loco’s current B.R Green livery has been refreshed and over 70 litres of paint and varnish were used to ensure the historic loco is on top form for July’s event. Dwight can be seen from our workshop balcony while the varnish dries and will then be moved into our Great Hall. Fellow A4 loco, Union of Canada, is also receiving a makeover and can be seen at our sister museum in Shildon. Keep an eye on our website for more Mallard 75 related news.


What’s on at NRM York Steam Weekend

What’s on at NRM York

Steam weekend

Experience the thrill of riding behind a working steam engine

Date:  25 Aug 2012 – 27 Aug 2012

Time:  10am – 6pm

Price:  Free entry (*a charge for some activities)

Audience:  Families, Adults

Location:  South Yard

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of working steam locomotives this August bank holiday.

Enjoy steam rides behind Rocket* and Puffing Billy*, climb on board City of Truro’s cab to find out more about this impressive steam engine and experience the thrill of a footplate ride* on Lilla from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.

You can even take to the controls yourself and have a go at driving a real steam locomotive*, Teddy – available to over 18s only.

*Steam rides – £2 adults, £1 children
Footplate rides – £3. Over 12s only. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
Driver experience – £5. Over 18s only

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1891 – ‘Intermediate’ 2-4-0 Great Eastern Railway

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era

1891 – ‘Intermediate’ 2-4-0 Great Eastern Railway

No.486 as originally built

T.Holden’s mixed traffic class for the GER, 100 engines being turned out between 1891 and 1902, Nos.417-506 and 1250-59.  The last ten were renumbered 407-16 in 1920.  All had 7000 added to their numbers after the grouping. These engines were a small-wheeled version of the T19s but owing to their general usefulness and adaptability lasted much longer, none being withdrawn until 1926.  By 1940 a small stud of eighteen remained, and these were kept in service for many more years.  They were renumbered 2780-97 in 1946, and duly became BR 62780-97 on Nationalisation.  These too began to disappear from 1954 onwards, but in 1959 one was still in service, No.62785, old 490.  It was the last 2-4-0 engine to remain at work in Great Britain (excluding Ireland).  The locomotive is now preserved as part of the National Collection in the old colours of the GER.

Great Eastern Railway T26 (or E4) No.490 (BR 62785), near to Bressingham, Norfolk, Great Britain.

Class T26 2-4-0  The locomotive is on loan from the national railway museum.  Date 1 April 2010 Source From this image at geograph.org.uk; transferred by User:RHaworth using geograph_org2commons. Author Ashley Dace Permission  (Reusing this file)  Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0

 A few of the class were fitted with side window cabs in the 1930s for working on the exposed Darlington – Penrith line of the LNER, but apart from this and the fitting of lipped chimneys they have altered little during their existence.

Driving wheels – 5’ 8”,  Cylinders – 17½”x 24”,  Pressure – 160 lb.,  Tractive effort – 14700 lb.,  Weight – 40¼ tons,  GER classification T26,  LNER classification – E4, BR classification – 1MT

62797 Robert Langham

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