Boiler for steam locomotive 6880 “Betton Grange” lifted into Frame

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6880 "Betton Grange" Boiler on Frame // Credit 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd

6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd has announced that the boiler for their new-build Great Western Railway 6800 ‘Grange’ Class No.6880 “Betton Grange” has been lifted into the locomotive’s frame at Tyseley Locomotive Works.

The last step before reuniting the boiler and frame was to line up the ashpan and firebox, which was successful.

This is a significant milestone for the group, which will now allow them to move onto the next stage of fitting the smokebox.

Members of the team have already begun forming and painting the cladding. As can be seen from the cover photo, “Betton Grange” is looking more like a locomotive.

The group still have much work to complete before we can see 6880 hauling passenger trains, with any support, whether donations, volunteering etc. is much appreciated.

6880 "Betton Grange" Boiler with Ashpan Fitted // Credit 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd
6880 “Betton Grange” Boiler with Ashpan Fitted // Credit 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd

For more information or to support the 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd in building the 81st member of the GWR ‘Grange’ Class, please visit their website here.

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