The 6989 "Wightwick Hall" Restoration Group.
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Departing Shrewsbury with Cambrian Coast Express in May 1960. From the K Jones Collection.

Club 6989

A minimum of £5 per month brings many benefits to you – including, for instance, your name on a plaque in 6989’s cab in recognition of your support, immediate entry into the 6-monthly draw for £250, and over the next few years you will receive gifts such as a reduced-scale painted brass cab side number and "Wightwick Hall" Nameplate, invitations to our Annual Open Day, and of course, regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date with the project.

Friends of "Wightwick Hall"

For a slightly smaller financial commitment - a minimum of £20 a year – the first 100 “Friends” will also have their name in the cab of 6989. You will also receive regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date with the project, and an invitation to our Annual Open Day, which usually takes place early in Quainton’s Open Season.

To join either of the above 6989 "Wightwick Hall" Support Groups, please:

Pick up a 6989 leaflet in the Visitor Centre at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.


Write to Chris Tayler at: Hon Treasurer 6989 Group, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4BY.


email Chris on



The sales team works from a mark 2 coach body placed outside our restoration shed. We sell a mixture of new and second hand goods plus craft items donated by our supporters as well as a number of second hand railway books. We try to specialise in children’s toys and second hand tools. If you can help in either of these areas, especially with tools, all donations are welcome. Please contact Chris Tayler as above. As with all groups we are short of volunteers to man the shop and would welcome assistance in this area. If you could spare a few hours on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, please contact Chris on the above number or email address.


Refurbishment of the boiler will cost more than our currently available funds so progress on this will be directly determined by the funds we can raise. Any donations will shorten the time we will take to complete the work and will of course be very welcome. Donations should be made out to QRS Ltd (6989 Group) and sent to Mr C Tayler, Treasurer 6989 Group, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4BY.  


Swindon Works 28th May 1961. 6989 alongside Caxton Hall. Copyright Photo FG Steinle, reproduced kind permission Peter Sedge.


Backing out of Paddington on 26th September 1961 having brought in the 06:30 Hereford train. She subsequently headed the 11:30 Worcester train. R.J Blenkinsop.


From Pen and Sword book Biography of British Train Travel by Don Benn. Reproduced with kind permission of Don Benn. Copyright Don Benn.


Swindon Works 29th March 1953. Photo Anon.