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Shrewsbury on 1st February 1964. Copyright photo Paul Dorney Collection.

Chairman's Update January 2017.

All our efforts are focused on reassembling the loco so we can do an in frames steam test. Now we have received  the long ovedue cladding, barring any unpleasant surprises we are now on the last lap. 

The assistance of our support group members has helped the working party get to this stage and is greatly appreciated by the team. Your continued support on this last lap and her 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.

We had anticipated that the engine would be completed and back in steam by the end of 2015 but, due to holdups on the delivery of materials and reduced availability of specialist resource this is now likely to be late 2017. 

If you wish to expedite the engine's return to steam, 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 – ideal now that the weather is colder, as well as a selection of souvenirs ranging from high quality mugs, fridge magnets, pens etc.

Chris Tayler

Hon, Treasurer

 A selection of photographs illustrating the latest work done by the team follows:


15th September 2017. Nameplates being refurbsihed ready to fit. Photo J Jackson.


5th June 2017. Fireman's side cylinder and valve chest covers being final fitted. Photo J Jackson.


5th August 2017. Fireman's side elephant ear under construction. PhotoC Jones.


27th August 2017. Replacement vacuum emergency release reservoir pipe connection. As you can see the original is way past its best. Photo J Jackson.