Photos and video: Kentish Belle hauled by steam loco Bahamas passes through Thanet

In Margate Photo Frank Leppard

Railway enthusiast have been out with their cameras as The Kentish Belle hauled by steam loco Bahamas travels through  Minster, Ramsgate, Dumpton Park, Broadstairs, Margate, Westgate, and Birchington en route to Faversham from London Victoria.

Photo Jamie Horton

Loco “Bahamas”, number 45596, a 4-6-0 Jubilee locomotive, is one of 191 which were built between 1934 and 1936, concurrently  alongside “Black 5s” 4-6-0s for the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) both of which were designed by William Stanier.

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BAHAMAS was stored for many years at Stockport Depot before she was moved to Leeds for Repair and onto the Dinting Railway Museuem.

She returned to mainline service in 1972 and did many trips on the mainline, another overhaul began in 2013 and BAHAMAS returned to service in 2019. It is the only preserved Jubilee to sport a double chimney.

The return times today are :

MARGATE (Plat 1)       arr 16:52    dep 16:58

BROADSTAIRS arr 17:05    dep 17:07

RAMSGATE (Plat 2)     arr 17:12    dep 17:14

MINSTER                                              17:22

The Bahamas steam locomotive scheduled to pass through Thanet today


  1. Beautiful pics and video, might you consider a special Christmas Calendar for 2022 and or note cards? Sure they’d be really popular? What talent there is, hope everyone enjoyed seeing her visit and hoping she will return soon.

  2. Great pics and video. It’s a small world as only last week I had seen this engine being prepared on the Worth Valley Railway at Haworth getting ready to go south for the summer season but I had never expected it to visit Ramsgate.

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