The Jubilee steam locomotive renamed in Swanage for the anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict

To mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict in the South Atlantic, the Bahamas Locomotive Society has agreed to have the flagship locomotive, LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas, renamed and renumbered as 45606 Falkland Islands.

The original 45606 was built in 1935 but was scrapped in 1965.

The appointment ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd September 2022 at Swanage Station on the Swanage Heritage Railway.

The locomotive had arrived earlier in the day at Swanage Railway on a Railway Touring Company tour from London Victoria.

45596 Bahamas renamed 45606 Falkland Islands Swanage Thursday September 22, 2022 // Credit: Andrew PM Wright

During the break at Swanage, the newly cast nameplates, which came from the original, were unveiled on the platform.

After the ceremony, the locomotive took the tour back to London Victoria and it is hoped that the locomotive will carry the nameplates until it returns north.

Once the locomotive has hauled the Railway Touring Company on November 11, 45596 will return to its usual identity and the nameplates will be auctioned off for charity fundraising.

45596 Bahamas renamed 45606 Falkland Islands Swanage Thursday 22 September 2022
45596 Bahamas renamed 45606 Falkland Islands Swanage Thursday September 22, 2022 // Credit: Andrew PM Wright

Keith Whitmore, President of the Bahamas Locomotive Society, said: “We are delighted to be able to hold a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict and to remember the dead on both sides of the conflict. We have never allowed 45596 Bahamas to change its identity, but we consider it really important to remember the dead and veterans of this conflict, as our loco will carry the identity of LMS Jubilee Class 45606 Falklands. He is”.

Jose P. Rogers