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Boiler Passes Steam Test

Our boiler passed its first steam test on Friday 6th December paving the way for it to be united with the frames in the week ahead

please click here for a video taken for the steam test

First Fire

Saturday 16th November was a significant day for us with member’s attending the AGM witnessing the first fire in the boiler. Tyseley has completed the hydraulic test the day before and we were invited to put a warming fire into the firebox. With much excitement Quentin McGuinness and Chris Moore prepare the moment in the traditional manner with lighted oily rags.

The following pictures show what happened with those fortunate to attend, recording the moment

To see the event click here

Boiler now awaiting Hydraulic test

With the boiler now filled with water, it has been moved outside at Tyseley awaiting the arrival of the boiler inspector.
meanwhile inside the vacuum pump has been fitted and piped up. One more step towards completing the locomotive.

Boiler ready for Hydraulic Testing

Tyseley have completed the fitting of the large tubes and so the boiler is now ready for its hydraulic test. This is expected to take place within the next 7-14 days paving the way for the steam test.

Meanwhile the ash pan nears completion ready for the day it can be fitted into the frames followed by the boiler itself. Our teams continue to work on the locomotive whilst planning to make the cladding for the blackhead once the boiler goes on

Lates news from Tyseley

Our team again spent a working day at Tyseley after the summer break finding much progress on the pipe work being undertaken during the previous month.

The boiler is more advanced too with the large tubes now complete with their bottle ends. Currently the tubes are away for testing and expected back at Tyseley within days ready for fitting. It should not be much longer before the anticipated hydraulic test.

Meanwhile assembly of the Ashpan has progress so that it’s ready for when the boiler finally sits in the frames.

First Tubes in Boiler

This week engineers at Tyseley fitted most of the small tubes to the boiler, cutting them to length and sliding them in. The large tubes will follow.

Brake Rigging & Cylinder Cocks

Our team checked over the fully fitted brake rigging which is now nearing completion and also fitted the cylinder drain cocks and mechanism.

With the locomotive over the pit we were able to view the completed valve gear, the first picture shows the weigh shaft and expansion link looking forward and the second photo the reverse view showing the sheaves mounted on the middle axle.

More work at Tyseley

Last weekend at Tyseley work continued fitting the cylinder lagging and completing the brake rodding. Meanwhile the boiler has been passed by the inspector to have the tubes fitted.

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The Betton Grange Team

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.