70 years old today, 25th March. Photo G Hart.
The aim of this website is to provide information on: the history of 6989; progress of the restoration;
the support groups and fundraising activity and how you can help put this magnificent engine back in steam. Look in regularly, we update at least twice per month. We regularly place new pictures around the website.
Any contribution can be sent to the
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The 6989 Committe aims to have the locomotive
completed as soon as we can in 2018, subject to continued funding through sales activity
and general donations. She will be commissioned and run in
during 2018 before being made available for hire.Why not do your bit for posterity and help us along the last lap to
put this magnificent locomotive back in steam?
June 2012 - 6989 Restoration Group awarded Highly Commended
Certificate by the Transport Trust for the restoration work thus far.
April 2014 - Boiler restoration almost complete, successfully hydraulically tested and signed
off by our boiler inspector.
9th August 2014
- fire put in firebox for first time in 50 years as out of frames steam test is commenced.
11th August 2014 - successful out of frames steam test completed.
6th October 2014 - Boiler Inspector witnesses and signs off out of frames steam test.
2nd March 2015 boiler returned to frames.
We have yet to agree a date for our in frames steam test but there has been a great deal of
progress on reassembling the loco and fitting of new cladding.
June 2017 profile of driving wheel tyres confirmed fit to run by qualified FTR Inspector.
8th March 2018. 6989 and 6984's tender
attached being moved back into the restoration shed. Photo C Jones.
Principal Officers of the 6989 Restoration Group Committee:
Rod Wallis Chairman
Chris Tayler Hon Treasurer
Jones Chief Engineer
Jeff Jackson Hon
GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE PARTS FOR SALE:
As a part of the restoration we
had to have a number of items recast for which patterns were not available so we had a number of new patterns made.
Cone ejector check valve box.
Crew seat brackets.
4000 gallon tender brake hanger.
We can loan patterns, contact us for details.
Spare Components for sale:
Exhaust steam injector steel pipe sections.
grate pivot mechanism.