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Q+A: 6880 Betton Grange

New Build Steam

Chris Moore, Chief Engineer of the Betton Grange project, took the time to answer questions from New Build Steam.

When did the project start and how?
In August 1998, a few people who have been involved with the restoration of 5199 came up with the idea of ‘building a Grange’, however the company formation was not completed until May 2003, when the project became a reality. The first working weekend at Llangollen was in August 2003, with the frames being cut in 2004. So we expect 15 years in the making!

What’s the total cost likely to be?
We like to keep costs to a minimum and being a volunteer led build, along with utilising the Great Western idea of ‘standardisation’ of parts and thrifty recycling, the build should come in (including the tender) at around £1.5 Million.

What still needs doing, and what are the current/short-term priorities?
There is…

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