The 6989 "Wightwick Hall" Restoration Group.

Dedicated to putting 6989 back in steam.

HomePrivacy PolicyHistory of 6989Restoration Group NewsFriends of 6989 Wightwick HallWork in Progress

6989 Wightwick Hall 
Under restoration at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre,Quainton
Restoration  'Highly Commended' by the Transport Trust 2011
Updated 11 December 2018



26 Sep 2018.

Lining completed. Photo C Jones.

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 webmaster at

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.

5th June 2017 profile of driving wheel tyres confirmed fit to run by qualified FTR Inspector.

26 September 2018. Lining out completed.

11 December 2018 formal in-frames steam test passed.












11 December 2018. 6989 moves under own power for the first time since May 1964. Photo M Tayler.

Principal Officers of the 6989 Restoration Group Committee:

Rod Wallis Chairman

Chris Tayler Hon Treasurer

Charlie Jones Chief Engineer

Jeff Jackson Hon Secretary