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

Chairman's Update December 2018.

With the loco's formal steam test passed it is all hands to the pumps to fit the last few components that could not be fitted until after the test.

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 continuing reduced availability of our volunteer team this is now likely to be Autumn 2018. 

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, 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:


28th February 2018. 6984's tender safely unloaded at Quainton. Photo C Jones.
We are aware that the loan tender is not an exact colour match to our loco. We will not be expending scarce resource to repaint it to match. 


23 September 2018. Bogie lubrication pipework flushed through and refitted. Photo J Jackson.


26 August 2018. New firebars being fitted. Photo J Jackson.


September 2018. Worsted wicks for oil pots under construction. Photo C Jones.