6880 stars at the Gloucester Warwick’s Spring gala

6880 ran throughout the three day ‘Western work horses’ themed gala 25-27th May wowing a very well attended audience and making her debut on the UK’s preserved railways

Betton Grange at GWSR Festival of Steam

6880 arrives at Cheltenham Racecourse Station with the successful loaded test train Friday 24th May

Launch Day video



On Saturday 27th April 2024 6880 Betton Grange was launched to the members at Tyseley running with 2 coaches on the carriage shed road. Speeches followed celebrating the recreation of one of the GWR’s iconic classes. The 81st Grange fills a gap in a missing class of locomotives not seen since 1965, 26 years since conception and 17 years in the making. We have today fulfilled our dream.

6880 STEAMS!

For the first time since 1965, yesterday saw a Great Western Grange once again steam. After warming up throughout the day 6880 Betton Grange saw the regulator opened around 4pm and the locomotive moved smoothly down the yard at Tyseley Locomotive Works. 21 years in the making, the future holds many opportunities for 6880 on Britains preserved railways


As 6880 nears completion painting in fully lined BR green is nearly finished. A few more mechanical items need finishing off before the locomotive can steam.

Final Painting

The locomotive is now in Tyseley’s paint shop and final painting continues


The completion of the two steam pipes saw them installed in the smokebox as the mechanical work at Tyseley nears completion. Not much longer now

Steam Pipes go into Smokebox

The steam pipes are now being fitted into the smokebox and a first gloss coat of green added to the boiler as work towards completion advances

Cab Interior makes progress

More painting inside the cab and additional work to the fittings bring the cab interior nearer completion