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Member’s Day

on 29th October the Society held the annual Member’s Day at Llangollen,

addressing the meeting was our ambassador Mark Evans visiting us to see for himself the progress on the locomotive.

work on completing the ‘bottom end’ of the locomotive continues whilst work on the boiler continues at Tyseley. The Boiler Fund has now reached the amazing total of £219,000 a remarkable achievement. Les than 10 Granges remain to be adopted raising £70,000 through this initiative.

Cylinder’s Pressure Tested

This last weekend saw our team finish the pressure testing of the cylinder castings to 250 psi hydraulic. We can now proceed with drilling and tapping to prepare for the fitting of the pistons and valves. A big step forward in completing the ‘bottom end’ of the locomotive. Preliminary fitting of the cylinder cladding was carried out too.

Boiler Work at Tyseley

Boiler work continues at Tyseley with the formation of a new front Tubeplate. The back head sheet has been removed for inspection and found to be in good condition for its age.

AGM Day

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

Boiler for 6880 at Tyseley

two views taken by Quentin this week of the boiler in Tyseley locomotive works ready for work to commence. Work is due to be finished by Spring 2018

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…