‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 22nd February 2020

After two sell-out tours in 2019 of KWVR ‘Bahamas’ rail tours from Oxenhope to Carlisle, we are returning in 2020 for a journey over the Settle & Carlisle Railway behind 45596.

Following the great success of the two 2019 KWVR ‘Bahamas’ Railtours, we have decided to launch a third tour so that all our wonderful enthusiasts are able to have another chance to enjoy a trip over the Settle & Carlisle Railway behind 45596.

LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class locomotive 45596 ‘Bahamas, was the first of the four Jubilees of the class to be preserved and occupies a special place in railway history as it was the very last steam engine to be modified by BR in its attempts to improve the performance of its steam fleet with the fitting of its unique double chimney and blastpipe in 1961. The Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) bought 45596 in 1967.

‘Bahamas’ ran on the main line (1989 – 1994) before retiring to Oxenhope Exhibition Shed in 1997. 45596 moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works in November 2013 as a result of the BLS’s successful £996k bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help to give it the most extensive overhaul since 1961. Returning to action in 2019, 45596 operated on the main line throughout the year and will once again grace the northern fells, starting from our terminus at Oxenhope.

Oxenhope – Carlisle – Tour Details

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2020.
Please see timetable below:

Oxenhope dep. 0815.
Haworth dep. 0820.
Keighley dep. 0850.
Skipton dep. 0920.
Appleby arr. 1152.
Appleby dep. 1211.
Carlisle arr. 1255.

Carlisle dep. 1530.
Appleby arr. 1620.
Appleby dep. 1640.
Skipton arr. 1905.
Keighley arr. 1945.
Haworth arr. 2015.
Oxenhope arr. 2025.

Please note that these times are approximate with precise timings announced a few weeks prior to the tour, when Network Rail release the final details.

Due to operational restrictions, the return journey from Carlisle will terminate at Keighley. A connecting steam hauled service from Keighley will return customers to Haworth and Oxenhope.

Our special train will depart Oxenhope, terminus of the KWVR, at 08.15 stopping to collect passengers at Haworth and Keighley on the KWVR and Skipton. On leaving Skipton the train heads to Hellifield and onto Settle Junction where the climb over the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway begins. The Settle & Carlisle Line, one of the most spectacular and best loved stretches of railway line in Britain boasts the highest railway summit in England at Ais Gill, 1,169 feet above sea level. We pass over numerous viaducts, including the most famous of them all, Ribblehead, and plunge into tunnels on our climb to the summit and descent towards our destination. There are magnificent views across the north Pennines and to the peaks of Pen-y-ghent to the east, Ingleborough and Whernside to the west.

We stay in the border city of Carlisle for approximately two and half hours, providing time to visit the castle, cathedral, museum and shops, or spend your time at leisure in one of the coffee shops, restaurants or bars that are aplenty in the city centre.


  • First Class: £149.00
  • Standard Class: £79.00
  • £3.50 booking charge for phone bookings

First Class

Enjoy First Class carriages with complimentary refreshments including light breakfast on the outward and sandwiches and snacks on the return with tea and coffee.

Dietary requirements: On receipt of your booking confirmation, customers requiring a vegetarian alternative should email our Haworth office, bookings@kwvr.co.uk, quoting your booking reference number and requesting the vegetarian option to be provided.

Regretfully, due to the constraints associated with on train catering, we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements.

Standard class

A wide selection of refreshments will be available for purchase on board the train with further details available on our website prior to the railtour.

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy

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Bahamas Locomotive Society

The Society was formed in 1967 with the aim of purchasing and maintaining in working order the former LMS Railway ‘Jubilee’ class steam locomotive No. 45596 ‘Bahamas’ and have been the proud custodians of the locomotive for the last 51 years.