Jubilee steam locomotive No. 45596 Bahamas to change identity

LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas is set to be renamed this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict in the Falkland Islands.

In a ceremony on July 23, 2022 at the West Somerset Railway, 45596 Bahamas will be renamed 45606 Falkland Islands.

The original locomotive was built in 1935 but was withdrawn from Carnforth (10A) in 1964 and was subsequently scrapped in February 1965.

The new Falkland Islands nameplates have been cast from the original and will be unveiled by Richard Overall and Jim Fairfield, both involved in the dispute.

Following the unveiling, the locomotive will make its rail tour to London Paddington and it is hoped it will wear its new identity until it returns to the North in September.

The locomotive nameplates will then be removed and given to the Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity, for auction.

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You can see 45596 Bahamas in action on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in the latest RailAdvent DVD – click here to watch a trailer.

Note: The renaming event is subject to the lifting of the Network Rail steam ban currently in place

Jose P. Rogers