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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.


members who attended last weekend’s AGM at the Hand Hotel, were treated to a tour of Llangollen’s workshops to inspect 6880. The locomotive was looking its best before we start to strip it down for fitting of valves and pistons together with all the associated pipework over the next few months. The boiler will be lifted out too in preparation for the fitting of our refurbished boiler next Spring.

Member Geoff Morris takes the regulator

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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Summer Raffle Draw

Our first raffle was started during Steel Steam and Stars III and came to its conclusion on Sunday the 9th of September on Llangollen station platform when we asked Harry Barber the train driver for the day to draw the four prizes.
The raffle was a great success and brought much appreciated funds to the project. We would like to say a huge thanks to all who helped sell the tickets and of course those people who purchased the tickets. The winner of the first prize was one of our 6880 members Mr Limb of Normanton,it’s good to see our members benefiting from their own hard work. We are hoping to run another raffle in the future and are looking forward to another great success.
The full list of winners are
1st Prize  £1000     Mr B.V Limb Normanton
2nd Prize £500       Mr N Wright Nuneaton.
joint 3rd   £250       Mr N.R. Jackson Ellesmere Port
joint 3rd   £250       Mr M.Pagett Bromyard
Harry Barber draws the raffle from the footplate of 7822 Foxcote Manor

Betton Grange at Autumn Steam Gala

The Society manned a sales stand at the Llangollen Railway’s autumn Steam Gala over the weekend of 1st and 2nd September.

Here Kate Alston & Pete Hudson are seen during a lull in proceedings. Photo courtesy of Mick Prior

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.

Cogan Hall at Llangollen

5952 Cogan Hall is now at Llangollen, and we have added a page for the Hall on the site.

AGM and Members Day

The 6th Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 10th October at 11 am in the Henry Robertson Suite at Llangollen station.

We would like to encourage as many members as possible to attend this year. We will be explaining our plans for the next year which should see significant progress being made with the construction of 6880 Betton Grange. There will be opportunities both before, and after the meeting, for all members to visit the locomotive works to view the work in progress.

We have arranged for the Great Western Engineers Saloon to be attached to the Llangollen Railway service trains on the day exclusively for our use. Members are invited to join us on either the 13:00 or 15:00 departure from Llangollen.

Our sales stand will be open with our full range of merchandise.