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Worcester Shrub Hill with London train 31/08/61. Copyright photo 6898 Restoration Group Collection.

Chairman's Update August 2019.

The loco performed well during the May and August Bank holiday steamings. The loco will shortly go to the Battlefield Line for running in workings and their 50th Anniversary Gala.

The assistance of our support group members is greatly appreciated by our team. Your continued support on 6989's entry into service will be equally vital.


Rod Wallis





Income is holding up but we will still have to carefully manage our cashflow if we are to keep up progress.

Our major outgoing now will be to complete the tender tank and mustering spare parts, such as a set of springs, for when the loco enters service. We anticipate this will require £20k to accomplish, any donations can be made to 'The Treasurer, 6989 Group,, c/o Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP22 4BY.

When visiting the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre do call in our shop. 6989 polo shirts are available priced at £14 each (£10 for members of 6989 group and support groups). Additionally we have woolly working hats £5, as well as a selection of souvenirs ranging from high quality mugs, fridge magnets, pens etc.

Chris Tayler

Hon, Treasurer

 A selection of photographs of the locos most recent exploits follows:


2 March 2019. 6989 hauls its first passenger service since 1964
on the occasion of our exclusive supporter' day. Photo Jeff Jackson.


3 March 2019. Double heading with 9466. Photo M Tayler.


25 August 2019. 6989 and Met 1 being serviced ready for the first day of the Q.R.S. 50th Anniversary event on 25 August 2019. The Dai Woodham headboard was provided by Steam Railway Magazine. Photo J Jackson.


Barry 1977. A reminder of where it all started. Photo 6989 Restoration Group Collection.