Betton Grange 6880 Pics:

Above L - Frames for a new loco, just delivered into Llangollen Shed

Above R - Boiler for 6880 in Pentrefelyn Yard

Left - The cab on display at the “Great Gathering” in Crewe Works Sept 2005

All Pics - John Rutter



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Frames and Cab of 6880 Betton Grange in Llangollen Shed on 9th March 2008

Newly cast drag box and vacuum cylinder in Llangollen Shed on 9th March 2008

(the wheels belong to 5532)

Last updated 4th March 2015 by  John Rutter

6880 News - December 2008 from Will Naylor

Despite the ice cold of the shed we got stuck in, first job was a book sort out as we have just acquired over 300 + books for the sales and promo stand. Then we unloaded my poor car which seems to be putting up well with various bit of metal for 6880 being loaded in and out of it .

First out was the new cab steps from Anglering and a nice job they are too! Then the top front pressed steel stretcher followed by the bottom front cast steel stretcher


We trial fitted the Pressed stretcher and are pleased with the fit


On the Sunday we held the Steam Steel and Stars II Gala meeting. Present were myself, Quentin, Ashley, Fred and Jon Kerr. Philip, Pete and Kate and, all the way from London, Ben who was the representative from National Preservation Forum


Much was discussed and many ideas were worked through the result being a big list of action points to attend to but progress is being made.


Back at the shed Steve turned up so we got stuck into some work. We weighed up fitting the steps but declined to drill any holes due to fading light and unclear dimensions. Steve made lots of sparks by removing some unwanted rivets


On the promotional front Mick, Mark and Barry handed out 750 leaflets at Wigan Model Railway Exhibtion. Thanks guys


We have just over 30.000 leaflets left out of 60.000 so please dont stop promoting the gala, spread the word, raise the awareness etc ‘


Futher news


The next trip to the NRM  is scheduled for the 24th 25th Jan 2009 lets hope it reveals more of its secrets


Being copied for us right now is the Cylinder drawings and the much needed Frame and Erecting plans


I have nearly finished welding all the brackets for the outriggers, they should be ready for machining before Christmas


The order for the bolts for holding on the Brake hangar Brackets is about to be placed


We now have the Microfishes for some of the drawings we acquired from the GWS, we are looking to get better copies so if you know where it can be done please tell me


That’s all for now.  Regards Will

Above L Buffer Beam Bracket

Above R Front Frame Stretcher

Both Pics - Will Naylor

The fleet list included:

LNER Classes B1 4-6-0 3106 Mayflower from the Battlefield Line and D49 4-4-0 246 Morayshire from the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway supporting GWR visitors Dukedog 4-4-0 9017 from the Bluebell Railway, City 4-4-0 3440 City of Truro from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway by kind permission of the NRM,

Prairie 2-6-2T 5526 from the South Devon Railway and 56xx 0-6-2T 5643 from the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway supporting Llangollen’s own fleet of Black 5 4-6-0 44806, 64xx 0-6-0PT 6430 and Prairie 2-6-2T 5199

Betton Grange website .

6880 Betton Grange Group  Steel steam & Stars II - 2009

The cab in position on the frames of Betton Grange as a result of the working weekend of 14th/15th March

Picture - Wil Naylor

9017 on its first trip out on Llangollen Metals 22nd March 2008

Photo - David Wilcox

All pictures - George Jones

22nd February 2009: Work on 6880 continues apace to get it ready for exhibition in the Steel Steam & Stars II Gala in April.

Photos Ashley Broomhall

Betton grange gang in big push for sss ii

Machining the coupling rod components 19th November 2014

Photo Dave Owen