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AGM weekend

our AGM was held in Llangollen on Sunday 14th October with a good turnout of Members attending at the Hand Hotel.

during the day we welcomed Michael and Patricia Hayden who have donated their model of No. 6800 Arlington Grange to the Society. The locomotive is now on display outside the Henry Robertson Suite shown here.

michael and Patricia became our latest members too.

Progress at Tyseley

Much of the firebox is complete now with a large number of the stays added. The reamainder will be fitted within the next week or so. These views show the quality of workmanship being achieved. It’s easy to see where the money goes in refurbishing the boiler to such a high standard.

The smoke box awaits fitting.

the locomotive sits outside temporarily whilst awaiting the wheel drop to sort out a few issues with frame rivets.

Work starts on the Tender

with agreement in place to hire the 4,000 gallon tender belonging to the owner of  2-8-0 No. 3814, our team started sanding down the metalwork in preparation for painting into BR Western green.

Betton Grange moves to Tyseley

On the 25th June the locomotive was transported to Tyseley in readiness for the boiler to be fitted. This should take place during the summer.  Once complete the movement back to Llangollen will be start of the work needed to finish the locomotive.

Yes we are getting very close to finishing the job. Right now we’re seeking sponsors for the Superheater elements, twenty one of each are needed to finish the boiler. See our shop page here.

photos of 6880 arriving at Tyseley where the locomotive will be on display in the workshop during this weekends Open Day.  See you there.

 

Boiler work at Tyseley nearing completion

a visit to Tyseley locomotive works a few days ago revealed the huge progress made with our boiler. The back head now complete, the new boiler ring ready to be fitted and the smoke box ring now fitted to the smoke box. All looks on course for completion as planned by the end of June.

In addition the steam fountain was nearing completion and the safety valve was being machined.

Cylinder Cleating nears Completion

work has continued on the cylinder creating which has proven to be a harder job than expected working without drawings.

however the job is nearly finished.

TENDER HIRE FROM 3814

When 6880 steams within the next 12 months it will run with a 4000 gallon Collet tender hired from 2-8-0 No. 3814. A deal has been struck with the owner of the tender to use it until such time as 3814 itelf has been overhauled. The tender is currently at Llangollen nearing the end of a restoration and will be available to us later this year.

Boiler update at Tyseley

work continues at Tyseley where the rivet holes for connecting the back plate to the foundation ring were being drilled. We also saw an unusual view of the firebox rear with both inner and outer back plates removed. The new front boiler ring has now arrived on site and is available for fitting when required.

Cylinder Draincocks Fitted

at the beginning February our team fitted the cylinder draincocks during the recent working weekend

Progress on boiler work at Tyseley

work on the boiler continues on schedule for completion this Spring. The new firebox lower outer sheets are ready to be welded in. Meanwhile two new throat plates have been made for both 4936 and 6880, ready to be riveted in once the outer sheets are finished. Outside the new smoke box barrel has arrived ready to be fitted once the new front boiler barrel arrives. Also on site is the metalwork for the new ashpan.