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Bahamas Enthusiast Weekend

Travel behind Bahamas at our Enthusiasts event

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The ‘Jubilee’ class of locomotive was designed by Sir William Stanier on his arrival at the London Midland and Scottish Railway. During his review of locomotive requirements he found that the company required a locomotive capable of hauling fast secondary express passenger services between major cities but where loading gauge restrictions may exclude his newly built 4-6-2 Pacific Princess Royal class engines. This class of engine was derived from an older class of engine known as the Patriot Class which had been designed by his predecessor, Henry Fowler.

As no. 5596, ‘Bahamas’ was built in the Scottish area of the LMS by the North British Locomotive Company and entered service with the London Midland & Scottish Railway in January 1935. The engine was initially allocated to Crewe before moving on to various sheds around the English area of the LMS including Carlisle Kingmoor, Grimethorpe and Millhouses in Sheffield. Finally, no.45596 (as it had become by then under BR) was allocated to Stockport Edgeley in 1962. The engine remained here for four years and after hauling a number of enthusiast’s specials was withdrawn from traffic.

Join the NVR as we celebrate steam hauled services with Bahamas 

We are delighted that Bahamas will be a special guest throughout the event, and will be hauling passenger trains during the weekend.  The locomotive is attending with thanks to Bahamas Locomotive Society

Mk1 Coaching stock in use 
Four trips per day behind Bahamas, the train can only be boarded at Wansford 
Pacer Shuttle Service 
Licensed Buffet Car
Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30 
Wansford Shop and Second-Hand Book Shop open
Exclusive Special Event covers will be for sale on the train ONLY.
Ale on Rail,
Other attractions to be advised

Driving Experience Courses with Bahamas (Limited places)

Jolly Fisherman Fish and Chip Services "The Jubilee" Saturday 21st August, "The Festival of Britain" Saturday 28th August (Limited tickets)

Trade Stands
Bahamas Locomotive Society
NVR Wagon Group
Wansford Miniature Railway
NVR Charity Shop
Keiths Railwayana Shop
B&E Models 
Railwayana Stall
Norskinoos Gallery

Timetable & Travel Tickets

Bahamas will be operating four steam hauled passenger services each day throughout the weekend. Tickets for rides behind Bahamas will be sold on a round trip basis from Wansford – Peterborough – Wansford.  These trains will run non-stop on each journey and not pick up passengers at any intermediate station.

For passengers wishing to travel from Peterborough, Orton Mere, Overton and Yarwell a connecting shuttle service will be in operation using a Railcar

Timetable coming soon

Tickets - 1 x Round Trip - Adult/Senior £22.50 Child (3-15) £15.00 Carer £5.00 Under 3 £0.00 Dogs £2.00

Travel tickets include a journey on your chosen service(s) inconnecting shuttle service 'subject to availability' plus access to all entertainment at Wansford on the day of your visit.

Platform Tickets offer entry to Wansford station with all entertainment included. 

News and Updates

We are adding new attractions as this event builds up, so pop back regularly for updates.  New developments will also be posted on our Facebook page over the next few weeks.

All exhibits, and attractions are subject to availability.  Whilst the NVR will endeavour to provide all attractions, we cannot be held responsible for cancellation or curtailment of any part of this event due to unforeseen circumstances.

Photography provided by John Cooper-Smith