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Getting ready for AGM weekend

This past weekend we were preparing for the 6880 Betton Grange Society AGM on Sunday 23rd July, giving her a really good clean after her trip to Tyseley Locomotive Works. Many thanks to Chris, Lynn, Quentin, Paul N, Maverick, Bill, and Martin for doing their bit and making her look great! Looking forward to seeing our members and showing the progress so far at the weekend

6880 on display at Tyseley

what a great weekend we had at Tyseley with 6880 around the turntable with 3 Castles and a Hall. Five Great Western locos in a line. Our sales stand did good business and the team worked the collection buckets. Many visitors complimented us on our achievement bringing the locomotive build this far. To add to the display we borrowed the tender from 2885 to look even more like a complete locomotive.

 Photo compliments of Phil Waterfield

6880 off to Tyseley

final preparations were made last weekend with the fitting of more boiler cladding, the fitting of the con rods and the reach rod. Then it was off to Tyseley for this’s coming weekend’s show.

See you there 24th-25th June Tyseley Open Day

Now arrived at Tyseley – Below

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…

Cross head Fitted

A great weekend working on Betton, pleased to report that Llangollen Engineering have fitted the first crosshead to be seen on a Grange in over 50 years, further significant progress saw the fitting of the front cab window frames, the sanding gear operating arms and the firebox crinolines.

As ever grateful thanks to all our volunteers, Robin, Rich, Colin, Mick, David, Max, Maverick, John, Lynn and Chris for being our morale booster, as well as cracking the whip!

Slidebars Fitted

The slidebars have now been fitted and aligned by Llangollen Railway Engineering ready for the motion to be assembled.

New Firebox Backplate

a new Firebox Backplate has been fabricated at Tyseley as seen in the photo below. The area to be replaced is shown in the second photo of the boiler

New Work at Llangollen

our working parties continue at Llangollen preparing for the cylinder pressure test shortly to be carried out

meanwhile with the locomotive positioned over the pit at Llangollen, we were able to take these unusual pictures of the locomotive from beneath.

Boiler Work commences at Tyseley

Work on our boiler has started at Tyseley with the manufacture of a new front tube plate