4253 Locomotive
A not-for-profit company run entirely by volunteers
Contact us at: gwr4253@gmail.com

 

THE REVISED AND UPDATED

4253 SPONSORSHIP SCHEME

Even before the arrival of GWR 4253 at Rolvenden Works in June 2011, we recognised the importance of ensuring that advance funding should always be in place to cover the next stage of the restoration.  Consequently, there has never been a time when work has needed to be slowed or, worse, stopped due to cash constraints.

To ensure that the rapid rate of progress for which we are well known is maintained, many fundraising initiatives have been put in place including raffles, the manufacture and sale of our boiler tube products, running a sales stand at various local events and even selling donated items at boot fairs.  However, our Sponsorship Scheme, launched in mid 2014, has proved extremely successful in terms of money raised with the total currently standing at over £45,300.

Work has also progressed dramatically since that time.  The re-wheeling of the frames, a major milestone, was completed in March 2017 followed by the fabrication and fitting of all the steam heat and vacuum pipework.  The installation of the lubrication lines and braking components is currently well under way.  In light of these changes we have again reviewed and updated our Sponsorship Scheme.

The result is the two lists below: the first shows the parts fully sponsored to date, the second covers many of the remaining items; some of which have already been partially sponsored.  The higher value components have been divided into a number of lower cost ‘units’ to give everyone the opportunity of helping to sponsor them.  That way you choose the number of units you wish to sponsor from one up to the full number remaining.

All sponsors will receive a certificate detailing their contribution while donors of £1,000 will be included (if agreeable) on a Roll of Honour and all those donating £3,000 will be invited to spend a day on the footplate of 4253. 

To sponsor any of the items listed below please click on the link at the end of the list to download an application form.  Complete the form and return it with your cheque (payable to 4253 Supporters) to 34 Henley Meadows, St Michaels, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6EN.

 

CORPORATE SPONSORS

We would also like to express our grateful thanks for the support shown by the following:-


Giles Aviation                                                    Rother Valley Brewing Co

Kent & East Sussex Railway                            Rother Valley Timber Ltd

Kingswood Boilers                                            Shepherd Neame Ltd

Orient Express                                                  Swindon College

Railway Wheelset & Brake Ltd                         Victa Rail

 

 

 

LIST 1    ITEMS ALREADY FULLY SPONSORED

                                     

       Cost

8 x Suspension Springs to be refurbished

     £5,200

16 x Spring Adjusters and Nuts

     £5,280

2 x Brake Shaft Arms

     £1,725

8 x Brake Blocks

        £600

Brake Cylinder Piston Seals and Band

        £300

Metal Spraying and Machining of Vacuum Pump Piston Rod

        £450

2 x Pony Truck Underkeep Felt Pads

        £400

Smokebox and Sacrificial Plate

     £1,180

Smokebox Door

        £500

Chimney

     £1,700

Blower / Ejector Ring

        £320

Lubricator Warming Cock and Hand Wheel

          £50

Cab Side Number Plates

        £500

Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting

     £1,200

Horn Grinding Machine

     £1,600

Cab Roof

        £725

Boiler Plate - Pair of Pressed Side Wrappers

     £2,328

Front Section of Boiler Barrel

     £1,500

Trailer for Transporting 4253 Display Stand and Sales Stock

        £200

235 Boiler Fire Tubes

     £8,695

2 x Clack, fully machined

    £1,995 

Boiler Barrel Repair Section

        £400

Condensing Coil 3-way Selector Control Valve

         £80

TOTAL

 £36,928

 


 

 

LIST 2      ITEMS STILL TO BE SPONSORED

                                     

 

  Total

 Cost           

     

Units

 Left    

 

 Unit

  Cost        

 

Brake Ejector Casting

       £750

    27

       £25

Brake Ejector Machining

    £2,120     21      £100

2 x Brake Shaft Bearings

       £300     12        £25

8 x Underkeep Mops and Cages

    £1,000       9      £100

200ft Copper Pipework for Lubrication Lines

       £960     15        £60

Smokebox Door Ring

    £2,800     28      £100

2 x Safety Valves

    £3,100     31      £100

4 x Rocking Shaft Bearings

    £2,300     20      £100

Condensing Coil

    £1,000     10      £100

Smokebox Lubricator 'Y' Splitter

       £190       5        £38

Steam Heat Isolating Valve

       £120       1      £120

2 x Buffer Beam Steam Heat Valves

       £600       4      £100

Brake Ejector Air Clack & Cover Castings + Control Disc

       £155       1      £155

2 x Snifting Valves

    £1,000     10      £100

2 x Smokebox Lubrication Shut-off Cock Regulator & Elbow

       £200       2        £50

2 x Piston Rod Stuffing Boxes

       £240       2      £120

4 x Packing Springs for above

       £240        8        £20

6 x Cylinder Drain Cock Castings

       £468       6        £78

6 x Cylinder Drain Cock Machining

    £1,800     36        £50

2 x Water Tank Control Valve with Plugs & Springs

       £600       6      £100

2 x Water Tank Control Valve Machining

       £750     30        £25

Machining of Hydrostatic Lubricator

    £3,000     30      £100

Hydrostatic Lubricator Combining Valve

       £125       1      £125

2 x Injector Machining

    £3,400     33      £100

2 x Refurb of Expansion Link with New Die Blocks

    £2,000     20      £100

Hot Pressed Boiler Backhead

  £22,176     89      £250

Hot Pressed  Boiler Half Throatplate

  £19,752     60      £250

Hot Pressed and Drilled Front Tubeplate

    £7,434     30      £250

14 x Flue Tubes for Boiler

  £10,416     83        £50

6 x Longitudinal Stays for Boiler

    £4,716     94        £50

Valve Rings & Fitting Heads to Spindles

    £4,560     20      £120

New Pistons, Rings & Rods - Assembled

    £8,400     60      £140

                                 Yellow highlight = Partially sponsored     

 


  For an application form 

CLICK HERE