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

Chairman's Update April 2019.

Following the loco's public launch on 3 March we have a few snags to clear ready for the locos next public appearances in May and August. Thereafter, the loco will 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.


21 February 2019. With three Mark 1's in tow during test running. Photo J Jackson.


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