The temperature may have hovered around freezing in Horncastle yesterday (Tuesday) but the crowds still turned out for a heart-warming visit from Bahamas.
The steam engine Bahamas stopped at Mortons on route from its Yorkshire home to Birmingham for the start of a major overhaul backed by £776,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund cash.
It was the first time a steam train has been seen in Horncastle since September 1964 when an enthusiasts’ special called at the town’s now demolished railway station.
Bahamas is a London Midland and Scottish Railway Jubilee class engine with the number 45596, It is one of the most famous locomotives of recent times.
Not surprisingly, the visit attracted people of all ages - including pupils from Horncastle Primary School. Town Mayor Coun Fiona Martin was also in attendance.
Railway enthusiast Paul Edwards, 43, from Spilsby, said: “It was great to see such a famous locomotive so close up.”
Adam Johnson, 10, of Horncastle, said: “My grandad has told me all about the old trains. I’ve seen photos and dvd’s of them but this is the first time I’ve seen one in real life. It’s cool.”
Bahamas, along with sister Jubilee class locomotives, is named after a territory of the former British Empire.
It last ‘steamed’ 16 years ago and travelled by road from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for the overhaul the Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham.
The journey, partly sponsored by Mortons, saw Bahamas pass through Wragby and around Lincoln.