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More progress for Tyseley open day

Again more progress on the fitting of the Boiler Barrel Cladding Sheets, including boiler bands in place. Painting progress in the cab for the Reverser Stand and Sanding Gear Operating levers. Thanks as ever to Chris and all the Working Volunteers for the superb efforts over the 3 days

Boiler Cladding being Fitted

Busy 4 days on the loco this weekend! A Superb Team, as ever, led by Chris who pulled out all the stops!, Many thanks to Quentin, Lynn, Robin, Paul N, Bill, Maverick, David, Richard P, Paul E. The start of the Boiler Cleating sheets, cleaning of the ConRods, fitting of the reverser and more painting! All in all making good progress for her next public outing at Tyseley Locomotive Works…

Pistons, connecting rod and cab flooring.

Our busy team continues to make progress with building the locomotive, aiming to have as muh as possible complete for the Warley Show in November.

Last weekend saw us collect a connecting rod from the NYMR that they have agreed to sell us, so now we have a pair of con rods and an un-machined blank as a backup.

Whilst we had the use of the trailer we collected the new cab flooring metalwork for transportation to Llangollen. An initial trial fitting took place later

The team removed the Pistons from Cogan Hall and these have been taken to Tyseley for refurbishment. Once Tyseley have finished this work we will have both pistons and piston valves plus cross head for fitting.

Whilst at Tyseley we saw the new piston valve assemblies, the new snifting valves and the machining of the screw couplers

Thanks to all our team but especially Lynn and Chris Moore, Liz and Quentin McGuinness and Mick Prior who made the journey to Grosmont.


A new piston valve at Tyseley


Chris with Cogan Hall’s Pistons ready to go to Tyseley for refurbishment


Collecting the Connecting Rod from Grosmont


The Screw Coupling on the lathe at Tyseley


The new Cab Flooring


The snifting valves

Reverser Stand nears completion

The Reverser Stand sits partly in the cab and partly on the right side running plate. It houses the screw reverser.

Final fabrication is nearly complete.


Progress Update January 2011

On Sunday 9th January the AGM was held at Llangollen. Fourteen members were present. The formalities completed, three new Board members were voted in. We now have the following people in position on the Board and a group of people designed to carry the project forward at an increased pace.

Quentin McGuinness –  Chairman and a founding member. Also the Treasurer

Richard Cadge – Membership Secretary

David Huntbatch – Sales and Marketing

Paul Appleton – Publicity.

Pete Thomas – Engineering.

Alan Naylor – Company Secretary


Meanwhile at Llangollen, the cab is being erected onto the rear of the locomotive, with the detailing of the running plate curvature now apparent. The hornguides are being fitted and the front four are nearly fixed. The Extension Frames are now on order and below is a photo of the two profiles as delivered to our supplier, Stones of Street. They will shortly be machined to our drawings and are expected at Llangollen in March.

Extension Frames
Hornguides fitted

Finally, we are planning a General Members Day this Spring. There are over 150 people to invite to what should be a lively day with the extension frames fitted, progress on the construction of the locomotive will be there for your inspection. The date is to be announced.

Progress Update, August 2009

6880 news

Well it’s been a while….

But at last we seem to be out of the coma called the “Steel Steam & Stars II aftermath” it is time to get back into the groove, namely building 6880. We will again be spending time adding to what has been built so far.

There will be a full gala report in the next newsletter, and a web update, but I can say, yes it was successful, yes it raised a significant amount of money and without doubt raised the profile of Betton Grange and Llangollen Railway even further. The downside  is lack of real progress on the construction of 6880 due to the Gala taking up so much time, but now we are in possession of a healthy bank account we can now make some progress, as I  will now explain;

We are in the process of placing orders with Llangollen engineering to:

  • Fit the dragbox permanently along with the back buffer beam, rubbing plates and the two pressed steel brackets. This will all be riveted, but all the parts have been trial fitted and drilled.
  • Fit all the Hornguides, Hornties, rear stretcher tie bolts, pins etc to the requires standards.

The extension frame drawing has now been finalised by Pete Simpson. Discussions are due to take place on methods of construction during the next few days. The original was a forging, and to adhere to the original it is is the correct method, but at a cost. Cutting it out of high-grade steel and fabrication may be a better present day alternative.

As soon as we have a clear path on the best route the order will be placed, but to assist with the speed of construction most of the components that fit round the extension frames have already been made or are about to be ordered.

We are putting together an order with Angle Ring in Tipton for all the curved sections of footplate angle (eight in all), also the last two pressings for the front dragbox. There are also  a few other components on the list.

With a bit of luck we should have enough cash to finish the frames front to back, albeit without wheels cylinders or bogie.

Not a bad achievement considering it is ALL new.

As mentioned a while back now the NRM has given up all its drawing secrets we are in a much better position to be able to order what we need, when we need it, something that was not always possible even a short time ago.

We are looking to step up the progress at the working weekends as there is much input we can now make.  No doubt I will be cracking the whip and requesting sick notes for lack of attendance!

The last working weekends have seen the cab dismantled as it is now in the way and needs to be in dismantled in order to be fitted. There is quite a bit of preparation work ready for September.

The sales and promotion stand is visiting the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry Great Garret Gathering, with Quentin, Phil Macey, Jon Kerr, Mick, Emma, Richard Cadge and myself. There is also a planned Members Weekend on October the 10th, more details to be announced as we put this together.

I hope this post addresses the balance of news, without a Gala to plan, run, and organise it leaves us with time to concentrate on what this project is all about, building the 81st Grange

Thanks for you patience and support.

Will Naylor