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Vintage Trains Bahamas Tours

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by David likes trains, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Joshua

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    The White Rose with 45596 Bahamas
     
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    Bahamas at Ilkeston, in a lucky gap between showers...

     
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    Another great day out behind Bahamas. Here are a few photos from Solihull and a rain-swept York.

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    How I wish Phoenix or Comet had made it into preservation.

    I only saw one of them and that was Phoenix, when it turned up at Blyth scrapyard for an appointment with the torch.
     
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    I remember having a run behind Comet, piloting Royal Army Service Corps on a Newcastle - Liverpool express in 1960.
    Happy days!
     
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    Does anyone on Nat pres know what the loco is out of tyseleys pool hauling the Chester ventures on 12/10/2019 is it 7029 or 45596 which one it dident say on the tour advert on vintage trains website.
     
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    45596 is not part of the Tyseley pool. It goes back to Ingrow after working the Shakespeare this Sunday and next works over the S&C on the 18th
     
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    So strongly presuming its 7029 then...
     
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    With 4965 now withdrawn, then there are no other options.
     
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    Anyone seen a date and timings for the return to Ingrow?
     
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    Bahamas upon Avon 4 August 2019

    The double chimneyed LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 No 45596 Bahamas has paid a return visit this summer to Tyseley following the completion of its extended overhaul at the beginning of this year. This time it was to haul some trains from the Vintage Trains summer schedule, including one of its summer Sunday double runs from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford upon Avon.

    Booked on the afternoon round trip, we arrived in time to hear and then see the immaculate and noisy locomotive charging up the 1 in 45 incline in the tunnel from Moor Street to emerge into daylight at Snow Hill. Quite quickly, Bahamas ran round and coupled up for the tender first run back out to Stratford. After collecting more passengers at Moor Street and Tyseley, we turned right onto the old main line towards Cheltenham through the Birmingham suburbs and lush Warwickshire countryside. With tender first running limited to 45 mph, this seemed to be the time to enjoy our afternoon tea box, with prosecco and coffee to wash it down.

    The layover at Stratford allowed us to watch the run-round, and then observe this magnificent locomotive basking in the sunshine. On leaving with Ray Churchill at the regulator, we crept over the crossings till we were clear of the station throat. But then it felt that the regulator had been pushed to the roof and we barked away briskly towards the 1 in 75 Wilmcote bank. We hit the bottom at 38 and sped fell away only slowly to 31 mph. Turning right at Bearley towards Hatton, we ambled along with a maximum of 34 around Claverdon.

    Over Hatton West and North junctions we reached the main London – Birmingham GWR/BR/Chiltern line, and finally, a chance for Ray to open the engine up on a “billiard table” high speed main line. We reached 63 in the slight dip before Lapworth (passed at 61), then Dorridge at 63, Widney Manor at 69 and 72 through Solihull. We hit a maximum of 74 before Olton but the brakes went on hard as we approached Acocks Green, to prepare for our stop at Tyseley. Then we ambled back into Birmingham in the sunshine at the end of a pleasant afternoon out with a fine locomotive.

    21 photos are at https://pjhtransportpix.zenfolio.com/p39161321

    Peter on a nondescript Manchester morning
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    Thanks for that. Interesting that the morning return run from Stratford mirrored almost exactly the run you were on.

    For comparison - am and pm they were
    Parkway - 38/38
    Wilmcote min - 29/31
    Claverdon - 51/34
    Lapworth - 64/61
    Dorridge - 64/63
    Widney Manor - 69/69
    Solihull - 70/72
    Max before Olton - 74/74.

    Consistent loco and timing management. Big tick - :)
     
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    Fascinating, Alan. The Master at work.

    It was good to see you briefly at Snow Hill.

    Peter, on an even greyer Manchester morning than before
    https://pjhtransportpix.zenfolio.com/p39161321
     
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    Apologies to mods if this is the wrong thread but I couldn't find a non-Bahamas "Vintage Trains 2019" thread.

    Anyway, these appear to be the latest developments:

    - "Gloucester Goes Retro" on 24th August has been changed from the originally advertised route of Solihull - Warwick Parkway - Banbury - Swindon - Sapperton - Gloucester and is now Solihull - Birmingham - Worcester - Gloucester. This is a considerable reduction in steam miles and, particularly for those joining at Worcester, is not good value for money.

    - Both Vintage Trains and A1SLT are operating steam charters from Birmingham to the Bath and Bristol Christmas markets, so it will be interesting to see whether there is sufficient demand for both trips. VT's is on Sunday 1st December and A1SLT's is on Saturday 7th December. From Birmingham, both trips take the same route down through Warwick Parkway and Banbury and along the Great Western main line through Swindon to Bath and Bristol.

    - VT have introduced "Early Bird" fares for Club Class and Premier Dining, available up to 6 weeks before the day of the trip. The special fares are £199 for Premier Dining and £129 for Club Class.
     
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    Better late than never !
     
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    Equivalent of a last clap contest!

    Work commitments scuppered the inclusion of the Shakespeare and the chance to get it edited earlier... but; better late than never ;)

     
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