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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.


6880 Betton Grange to visit Warley show

Could the following winning ticket holders please contact Liz McGuinness to claim their prizes

liz McGuinnes  07880 504519
1st prize 06291
2nd prize 06284
3rd prize 06221
4th prize 07776
5th prize 05576
6th prize 03541
7th prize 06693 – claimed
8th prize 06085
9th prize 07844
10th prize 04045
Liz McGuinness
Mobile 07880504519

pl_12_detail_16880 Betton Grange has been invited to be one of the centrepieces at the world’s biggest model railway exhibition, the Warley MRC event at Birmingham’s NEC over the weekend of November 26 & 27. This will be the first time the locomotive has appeared in public away from its Llangollen Railway base.

Our working parties are preparing the locomotive for display at Warley this November assembling all of the motion parts with the intention of finishing ‘the bottom end’ of the locomotive. Additionally the boiler from Cogan Hall will be mounted on the frames for the display period. In turn this will allow us to set out the pipe runs needed when Willindon Hall’s boiler is finally refurbished for use on the completed engine. Contribute now to our project. With your help 6880 Betton Grange could be steaming by 2018.

Please contact either

Quentin McGuinness – Chairman on 07989 396577


Chris Moore – Engineering Director on 07932 7977916880_31347

6880 at Warley 27th November 2016

New appeal Board

Volunteer Mick Prior completes the installation of our new appeal board on Llangollen station.

Help us Finish the Job


Steady progress from our team

A pleasing and productive weekend, seeing 12 volunteers working mainly on the brake gear, preparing the loco ready to receive the brakeshaft, grease nipples being added to the brake hanger brackets and restoring brake stretchers. The front foot plating was primed and undercoated, and work commenced on installing the front sandboxes. Many Thanks to all Barry, Paul, Robin, Quentin, Bill, Lynn, Max, Rich, David, Dave, Desi under as always the direction of Chris. Lots happening and more to come. Next weekend in 2 weeks time






Christmas Draw winners

the draw of the raffle was carried out in Llangollen on Saturday 5th December by Lynn Moore and Liz McGuiness.

The results are

Hugh Shipton 1st prize euro star tickets
Charles Hiscock 2nd prize £68.80
Steve Beniston 3 red prize Malcolm Root Print
G Williams 4th prize afternoon tea on the train at Llangollen
L Weller 5th prize Don Bishop print
Mr Richardson 6th prize champagne
David Huntbatch 7th prize chocolate hamper
Gregory Smith 8th prize Talyllyn book

Member’s Day

A hugely successful members day in Llangollen was enjoyed by nearly forty members who were able to view the progress made to the locomotive. The day was enhanced by the positioning of Willington Hall’s boiler alongside the locomotive ready for work to start on preparing it for eventual overhaul.


Earlier members enjoyed a film show charting the history of the Grange class including a video diary of the building of Betton Grange from 2004 to date.

lunch was taken on the train to Corwen and back hauled by 5199


Boiler Lifted at Pentrefelin

In anticipation of work being started on de-tubing the boiler from Willington Hall, a move has been made to lift it onto a low wagon ready to move it to Llangollen yard.

With the continuing success of the boiler appeal, it is hoped to be able to place the order for the work to commence in around 12 months time.


More plate work completed

More work at the front end of the locomotive was carried out last weekend with the characteristic completion of the 10 bolt OXO section

Driver Experience Day

Sunday 2nd November saw a number of Express Members enjoying driving No. 3802 at the Llangollen Railway. Additionally they each received a Hornby model Grange re-named 6880 Betton Grange. These are some of the benefits of being an Express member ‘fast tracking’ 6880 towards completion.

Anyone interested in joining this scheme please contact us at

Ian Sumbler being presented with his model before driving 3802



Paul Weston about to drive


imageRobin Matthews in the drivers seat


Motion Bracket pattern

The pattern for the new mention bracket has been made and is seen here