The 6989 "Wightwick Hall" Restoration Group
Dedicated to putting 6989 back in steam.


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10 December 2018. Warming fire lit in preparation for successful formal steam test on 11 December.

Photo C Jones.

NEWS FROM CHARLIE JONES - OUR CHIEF ENGINEER - NOVEMBER 2019:

The loco hauled its first passenger service on 2 March 2019 during our exclusive Supporters' Day Event and also the Public Launch Event on 3 March. 6989 also ran during a BRC Gala 26 and 27 May and the Centre's 50th Anniversary event on 26 and 27 August. The loco ran well on these occassions and we have attended to a few small pipework leaks and made adjustments based on crew feedback. A boiler washout was performed on 25 July. A pair of new springs have been fitted to the rear axle and the spark arrester has been fitted. The loco is performing superbly on the Battlefield Line. 

Work has recommenced on our tender tank.

Charlie

SCHEDULED WORKING PARTY DATES 2019:

24 November 2019. Annual Meeting 15:00.

15 December 2019

 

PROGRESS AS AT 14 OCTOBER 2019.

CURRENT WORKING PARTY:

Charlie Jones (Team Leader), Jeff Jackson, Rod Wallis, Chris Tayler, John Spaull, Allan Vessey, Ian McKenzie, Graham Hart, Steve Underhill (boilersmith), Graham Hope (painter).

Work in Progress:
 A new pair of springs has been fitted to the rear axle. Work on 6989's tender tank has recommenced.
 
CAN YOU HELP?
We are always in need of volunteers to assist with the restoration. You do not have to be a locomotive engineer - although it would be great if you are - there is plenty to do for all abilities. See the dates when we will be on site above. If you want to help you need to be a member of the Quainton Railway Society - for insurance purposes. Interested? Contact Charlie Jones on 01525 635860, or Jeff Jackson on 01278 781649 (before 20:00).  

 

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30 June 2019. Beading being riveted to tender tank top valance.

Photo J Jackson.

 

 

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22 September 2019.

Replacement spring mounting bolts and cup washers supplied by 'Bickmarsh Hall' Group.

Photo J Jackson.

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03 October 2019.

New springs fitted to the rear driving wheelset.

Photo C Jones.

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22 September 2019.

Spark arrester fitted.

Photo J Jackson.