Historic ‘Bahamas’ steam locomotive set to cross Wiltshire

A historic steam locomotive is about to pass through Swindon again to the delight of railway enthusiasts.

The Bahamas is set to carry the Cotswold Venturer on August 27, the last of the annual special trains that run to Worcester from London.

The locomotive is part of the Jubilee class which was designed for the London and Midland Scottish Railway between 1934 and 1936.

191 locomotives were built at various locations including the Crewe and Derby factories and the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow.

The Cotswold Venturer was to be hauled by Merchant Navy Class Clan Line, a southern locomotive.

However, the engine is currently out of service with minor cracks in the combustion chamber.

The Bahamas wowed steam enthusiasts in June when they rolled through Swindon with another charter train.

The Cotswold Venturer is operated by the Railway Touring Company and will travel the following route: London Paddington at 7.15am, Slough, Reading, Didcot, Swindon, Kemble and Cheltenham before arriving in Worcester at 1.10pm.

The return journey will see the train depart Worcester around 4.30pm for London via the same route before joining the GW mainline at Swindon.

Full timetables have not been published, however, the Railway Touring Company has published approximate timetables on its website.

Jose P. Rogers