Historic ‘Bahamas’ steam locomotive impresses train enthusiasts in Swindon

Last weekend, 7029 Clun Castle, a Swindon built locomotive passed through its hometown on Saturday commemorating the first public steam excursion to run in the UK between Birmingham and Didcot after the infamous British Rail ban on steam traction.

And today Jubilee Class 45996 Bahamas sailed through Swindon with the Cotswold Venturer.

He was not going full speed as he was approaching a red signal on the approach to Swindon station.

The Bahamas were built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1934.

It is currently owned by the Bahamas Locomotive Society and returned to the main line after a lengthy overhaul in 2019.

The locomotive was retired by British Railways in 1966 and brought for preservation straight from service.

The train which is by the Railway Touring Company was originally to be hauled A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, however, the engine is still being overhauled.

The Bahamas arrived in Swindon about 34 minutes late at 9:34 a.m., but the reason was unknown.

It was scheduled to stop at Swindon East Loop for over 20 minutes, but this scheduled on-way stop was dropped by Network Rail.

Despite this, the train did not leave Swindon until 9.46am, 12 minutes later than scheduled.

He arrived in Worcester four minutes late at 11.34am.

The Bahamas are due to return to Swindon later today at 6:25 p.m.

The return journey will see the train leave Worcester for London via Cheltenham, Kemble, before joining the GW mainline at Swindon.

Full schedules of the special train are available below.

1Z97: Worcester Shrub Hill to London Paddington

Jose P. Rogers