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Betton Grange

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Broomhalla, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. Broomhalla

    Broomhalla Well-Known Member

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    Due to the previous thread now being in the archives i have started this thread to highlight the advances Betton Grange is making even if we are almost completely snowed under with gala preparation.

    This weekend was a working weekend and everything went as planned resulting in a lot more components being added to the frames. The below pictures were taken today and show the fruits of are labours:

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    The back buffer beam with added steps. Will Naylor had the honour of being the first person on them.

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    In this picture you can clearly see the running board support and angle iron

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    A group picture.
     
  2. arthur maunsell

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    ive thought long and hard about the rights and wrongs of replicas and conversions.Although they undoubtedly reduce the available work for "genuine" locos, I have come to the conclusion that they are very important as they not only keep the skills alive to build them but also inspire more people to acquire those skills.

    I applaud you, great progress by the looks of it.
     
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    60017 Part of the furniture Friend

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    Not sure I understand what you mean there :?
     
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    well simply put, for instance, there is only so much main line work available for 8P pacifics, and building a new one spreads the jam thinner on the bread.However, the process of BUILDING that loco is hugely important as it advances the skills available.

    Similarly with Betton, however the skills learned in building it outweigh the disadvantages. (the act of building being of more importance than filling the gap so to speak)

    I think it made more sense the first time round.... ](*,)
     
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    Gentlemen
    Inspiration indeed; I salute you. Well done to you all.
     
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    Oh and, by the way, you will bring it to the Glos Warks Rly one day won't you and (temporarily) let it carry 6848 Toddington Grange name and numberplates? You wouldn't deprive us of that would you?!
     
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    NDTSDN Part of the furniture

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    I never realised my previous thread - viewtopic.php?f=98&t=3713&hilit=betton+grange - was archived as I have been busy with the Gala behind the scenes.

    I've just got back from Llangollen following a very productive weekend (including a Gala meeting) and must thank Ashley for uploading the photos so promptly.
     
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    I am in no doubt that 6880 will be masquerading as 6848 at the GWRS

    We know where the nameplates are so consider it a done deal

    Just need a bit more time and money
     
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    you cant do that...it wouldnt be original..... :-k
     
  10. Broomhalla

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    I wouldn't mind her being renumbered to 6824. :smt003
    Oh if i only had the money, or the real numberplates.

    Dreaming aside we all had a good working weekend and a lot has now been added to the frames and it no longer looks like two bit of metal sitting on stands. All the brake hanger brackets are now on and many more components will be added on the final working weekend before the gala.

    Till then we will have a Dukedog to repaint, what should keep us busy.
     
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    NDTSDN Part of the furniture

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    The whereabouts of the pioneer 6800 - Arlington Grange's nameplate is also known.
     
  12. arthur maunsell

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    also could be represented as Omeomeonthe Grange =;
     
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    Arthur

    Have you been on the stout again?

    6880Rules

    Thanks in anticipation; some amazing things have already happened, but there's clearly more to come (Grange, Patriot, Brighton Atlantic, Sandringham, 82045, Clan, plus some smaller "tankies"), its getting better every day!
     
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    Another successful working weekend for all involved.
    The last of the running plate support brackets have been put in place and the last of the cab supports and other bit's of angle plate also put into place. This was followed by the cab itself and it now sits on the frames properly.
    While one working group worked up at the engine shed another worked down at the carrage shed getting the Dukedog ready for it's up coming photo charters and the even more important gala. Unfortunately my camera died so i could not take any pictures of the cab on the frames or the progress of the Dukedog but it was nice to see so many faces i hadn't see in a while.
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    [attachment=0:299lt7v1]Llangollen 14 & 15 March 09 004 CAB.jpg[/attachment:299lt7v1]

    The cab now in situ
     
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    From another angle
     
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    If I look at that last photo carefully, with very little imagination, I can make out the number 6848.
    Well, all right, I can't quite but 6880 will soon need no imagining thanks to you guys. I'll say again "I salute you Gentlemen - well done to you all."
     
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    Our main website is currently receiving some TLC after suffereing some neglect due to us being side-tracked for some unknown reason...

    Any, one new idea that has come to frution is being able to claim fees for advertising internet sales off other products. At the moment on offer is Sky HD TV. However, you can use this for a number of everyday internet sales including HMV, Game, Asda, Next etc. Have a look for yourselves at;

    http://www.6880.co.uk/wp/?page_id=138
     
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    News: The last NRM raid has taken place and there is good news. A drawing has been uncovered that proves that the extension frame for a Manor is the same as that used on the Grange. We had suspected as much but without the drawing in question we could not prove it.
     

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