TV Celebrity Mark Evans is new Ambassador for 6880

It is with delight that we are pleased to announce that TV presenter Mark Evans has agreed to be our first and foremost Ambassador.

Mark has delivered a number of programmes on Channel 4 and Discovery including

An MG is Born

A Race Car is Born

A 4×4 is Born

A Chopper is Born

A Plane is Born

Mark is a vet by profession, but is a self-confessed petrol head and science explorer. He obtained his passion for engineering from his father and is very much a down to earth person.  We expect Mark to visit a couple of events a year and promote us both on his website/social media and within his circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

Mark joined us at Llangollen on the 15th October and received a warm welcome from the 6880 directors who explained all aspects of the project to him. Ideas flowed as to how Mark could help us achieve our ambition of finishing 6880 within the next 2 years.

Check him out on

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Grange 80 – What a great day!

Saturday 24th September 2016 saw our Society celebrate 80 years since No. 6800 Arlington Grange was built at Swindon in 1936.

To mark the occasion our members and invited guests attended a day where everything ‘Grange’ was indulged.

The day started with tea, coffee and bacon baps in the Henry Robertson Suite and storyboard panels erected to chart the development of railways, culminating in the design and life of the GWR Grange Class. A commemorative booklet was handed to each attendee as a memento. A twenty minute film show of archive Grange footage was then shown before a tour of the Llangollen Railway’s workshops conducted by our Engineering Director Chris Moore. This led to the unveiling of a replica nameplate and number plate of Arlington Grange for the attendant press. Also in the workshop were a display of no less than four miniature Granges of different scales and a genuine name and number plate from No. 6802 Bampton Grange owned by Brian Jones. After returning to the Henry Robertson Suite a specially made cake was cut and everyone enjoyed a glass of champagne before we took to the reserved carriage on the train to Corwen and return. Before departure members were asked to pose for a photograph with No. 80072 wearing the specially produced headboard to celebrate the event.

A great day enjoyed by all which brought our group closer together with the commitment to finish the locomotive within the next couple of years

Next we go to the Warley Show on 26-27th November with the locomotive.

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Sales team at West Somerset Railway

We were present once more at the WSR raising funds for our locomotive. Here’s a view of the sales stand.


Sales Stand at West Somerset Gala

we had a very successful weekend at the WSR Gala with two new members joining and good sales by our sales teams.


Sales Stand at Llangollen 150

This weekend was the celebration of the original opening of the railway through Llangollen 150 years ago. So Llangollen 150 was  an opportunity for the railway to hold a suitable gala. We had a sales stand at the event and our display featured, for the first time, a new tiered shelving unit topped with a wooden replica ‘Betton Grange’ nameplate made specially by member Dave Phillips.


At Severn Valley last weekend

A couple of pics showing the excellent sales display stand at the SVR last weekend.

We raised more funds for the project and recruited another new member





Betton Grange at K&WVR

Our sales stand was out for the first time this year at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway last weekend.

Featuring a wider range of DVDs, the option of a red fleece and the new 9″ bears, our team had a successful weekend raising funds for the Society. The new Cylinder Appeal got under way with a miniature cylinder casting acting as a donation box.

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Betton Grange at Gloucester Warwickshire Gala

This weekend sees us at the busy Gloucester Warwickshire gala at Toddington

here is our stand today



Advance Ticket Sales going well

The advance ticket sales for SSS3 are progressing well and are substantially higher than figures for SSS2.

The souvenir brochure and timetable will be distributed to those who have ordered it later next week.

6880 at Wigan Finescale Exhibition

One of the mini-stands was out again at the Wigan Model Railway Exhibition last weekend. Good numbers of SSS3 leaflets were distributed and funds raised through the sale of merchandise.

Here volunteer Barry Jones poses for the camera.