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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

 

Results of Warley Raffle

the following tickets were drawn at Warley

could the claimants with winning tickets please contact

Liz McGuinness 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

6880 at Warley

these photographs of 6880 at the Warley Show were taken by photographer Tim Easter with his specialised camera equipment.

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6880 Goes to the Warley Show

last week 6880 left Llangollen for the first time being loaded for transport to the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 24th November.

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Once at the NEC the locomotive was fitted with its copper cap to the chimney, the brass safety valve bonnet and the whistles. A Grange 80 headboard and Express lamps were fitted too

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6880 has a boiler for the first time

on Wednesday 9th November the boiler from Cogan’s Hall was moved onto Betton Grange for the first time. After preparations by our volunteers led by Chief Engineer Chris Moore the boiler was removed from the Hall with a coat of red oxide paint applied and swung across to be fitted on the Grange. This work was carried out by the Llangollen Railway’s engineering team moving the 17 ton boiler with the Cowan Sheldon crane.

pictures below

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Preparing Cogan Hall’s boiler for Warley

our team are now removing the fittings that hold Coagan Hall’s boiler onto the frames and release it for sitting on 6880’s chassis for the Warley show. Cleaning the boiler and starting to give it a coat of red oxide paint.

‘In other work we have taken delivery of the refurbished cross heads and the front draw hook now fitted with the screw coupling.

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