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

Chairman's Update January 2018..

All our efforts are focused on reassembling the loco so we can do an in frames steam test. Barring any unpleasant surprises we are now on the last lap and we are discussing with the Q.R.S. the arrangements for the operation and hire of 6989 after we hand her over to them.

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 our own team and specialist resource this is now likely to be mid 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 – 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:


11th February 2018. Front half of spark arrester having stainless steel mesh fitted. Photo J Jackson.


11th February 2018. Forward / reverse mechanism stripped to remedy excessive lost motion in operation. Photo J Jackson.


11th February 2018. Fireman's side sliding joint access cover made and fitted. Photo J Jackson.


21st January 2018. Smoke box almost ready for top coat. Photo J Jackson.