Hydraulic test for steam locomotive 6880 Betton Grange to be carried out this week

6880's Boiler// Credit 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd
6880's Boiler// Credit 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd

The 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd has announced that the boiler for their new-build, Great Western Railway 6800 “Grange” Class No.6880 “Betton Grange”, will be hydraulically tested later this week at Tyseley Locomotive Works.


Once the hydraulic test is passed, the next step will be to fill the boiler with water and light the first fire the boiler has seen in decades.

This is a big milestone for the company in the construction of 6880, which is progressing well.

Recent work on the chassis has seen handrails attached and painting on newly added parts.

For more information or to support the 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd is building “Betton Grange”, please visit their website here.

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Jamie Duggan avatar
Since I was a child, I have been a big fan of steam locomotives. This enthusiasm has been become greater in recent years, leading to me becoming involved in a society restoring a standard gauge locomotive. Joining the RailAdvent team in 2017, I help Michael produce articles.