By Paul Appleton
New-build No. 6880 Betton Grange has spent the winter at Tyseley Locomotive Works following the completion of boiler work there in order to finish off a number of other outstanding tasks prior to its return to Llangollen, where it should steam for the first time this summer.
As is often the case with any restoration or overhaul, delays occur and new-builds are no different in this respect, perhaps due to late-running deliveries, or because of pressure of work on other late-running contract work on other groups’ locomotives.
Sometimes it is down to finding out that more work is required than was originally envisaged, which in turn may mean additional funds are required for unbudgeted work.
In the case of Betton Grange, it has been a mixture of all these things. Although the boiler from Modified Hall No. 7927 Willington Hall was considered to be sound and the group received the unexpected bonus of being able to reuse several firebox stays that were still in serviceable condition, the extent of putting on the front part of the boiler barrel hadn’t been appreciated and a new section had to be made, putting the project back several months.
Read more in Issue 252 of HR – on sale now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- UK railway news roundup - 30th July 2021
- ‘Hidden’ Lake District railway station restored to feature Murder On The Orient Express set cafe - 29th July 2021
- Rail unions call public meeting over future of Eurostar - 29th July 2021