We shall soon have our fundraising stand at the Biddenden Tractorfest ... Please note the show is back at the old location of Holden Farm! ... See MoreSee Less
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The week was a 1 ½ days working on the project and 2 ½ on sales work . Tuesday, we completed the work started on Sunday by drilling all the new holes required in the plate work . The team had a day of varied work from packing clocks ready for sale at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally. More egg timers were sprayed ready for the inserts and badges to be fitted.The new support angle was cut and bent to the correct shape then welded together and finally all the fixing holes drilled.The boiler is continuing to progress at HBSS (see pics ). Friday, we started to reamer the holes in the platework for riveting first thing, then after tea we went off to Woodchurch to set up for the weekend sales stand to help to fill the funding gap to get the boiler back .Saturday and Sunday the sales team toiled in the heat to raise money to fill the gap to get the boiler back at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally. There is an easier way to help please go to www.4253.co.uk and see how you can help us get the job finished.Thanks to everyone who helped to keep things moving forward this week. ... See MoreSee Less
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The week was a varied mixture of work for 3 days again. First job of the week was to finish dressing the weld where the 2 plates were joined together and paint (spot the weld)It was a week of holes, drilling quite a few (200 plus) We had 3 mag drills drilling holes at the same time in the angle for the new project . The bits we drilled , some were cut and bent and trial fitted in their required positions and await the final welding to complete them. More work was completed under 4253 frames with final fitting of split pins and castellated nuts fitted where needed . Everything has to be checked as most of it has been replaced or refurbished under 4253 .This is a long and painstaking job that cannot be rushed ,so when the time comes to steam, we will be ready . More egg timer tubes were cleaned and sprayed ready for assembling and more clocks arrived ready for boxing up . The sales trailer had a service check and an oil and grease up ready for the Weald of Kent Steam Rally next weekend at Woodchurch Kent TN26 3QY .Sat/Sun 6/7 August . We will be there both days come along and meet the team . The big end brasses are in the process of being machined to fit the connecting rods . Work is still progressing on the boiler at HBSS Liverpool .Sunday, we had a very busy day working on the new project with lots of work completed .We started to assemble the bits with a few modifications to make things fit then lots of drilling along with welding and shaping of angles . At the end of play today we had got more bits ready to fit . We will carry on Tuesday ,with more fabrication of the bits .If you would like to see 4253 back in steam please go to our web site www.4253.co.uk and see if you can help us fill the funding gap thank you . Thanks to one and all who helped this week to keep things moving forward . ... See MoreSee Less
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We tried to work 3 days this week but only achieved 2 ½ as the summer weather got in the way .We started to prime all the new platework and angles that arrived and as the temperature went up and up on Tuesday, we went home so we did not get a lot done .Friday, we returned and started the process all over again this time we were a bit more successful, and every bit is now a lovely shade of green along with everything else .Work is continuing on the boiler at HBSS on the tapping of new washout plug holes in the new plate work and completing the new mud holes and trial fitting the doors .Work on the bushes for the rods on 4253 is ongoing as well. Things are still moving forward on all fronts towards completion of the loco.Please go to www.4253.co.uk and see if you can help us to fill the funding gap to get the loco back in steam, by buying a share, sponsoring stays, or wash out plugs or a donation. Thank you .Sunday the team started to get to grips with the new project this involved lots of measuring ,marking ,cutting ,drilling and welding. After moving all the component parts so we could see the floor we moved the girders into place and started to lay out all the sections for assembly .Various team members were tasked with getting the bits ready one was cutting up angles -three were drilling holes one welding up bits and the rest setting out platework for marking out . We had a very productive day indeed not like the rest of the week by the end of the day we had achieved a lot . Thanks to all who helped this week on the project . ... See MoreSee Less
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This week 3 days working on the project and a sales event .This week in the extreme cold we gamely worked on the new tank for 5668 and after all the outstanding work was completed . The tank was jacked up and placed on skids ready for its move on Friday . The team continued the clock making and the completed ones were packed ready for this weekends event ,the egg timers are being made and should be ready for Saturday ‘s show at Dartford Best of British.The R/H connecting rod was loaded and taken to Auto Technologies at Brede for a slight modification on the big end hole, this was the rod we purchased a few years ago with the big end hole slightly too large so a bigger bush is being fitted.Other jobs done included clock cleaning and spraying along with more work on the front end of 4253.Friday bright and early the team slowly moved the new tank out of the bunko booth until the digger could lift it into its place of storage along side the drivers side tank this was done successfully . One project done , on to the next one no time to admire the empty boiler room ,this was filled up very quickly with new bits . Dick’s drill emporium was refitted along with the front door and walls that we have to remove for getting tanks outside. Our connecting rod was picked up and returned from being machined in 2 days super- fast job .News of the boiler from HBSS the job of cutting out the new platework for the mud hole doors and trial fitting them is well under way (see Pics).Sunday the team moved our connecting rod back onto the trestles for the work to carry on. Lots of painting of the new platework in the bunko booth , it dried very quickly when applied this allowed us to turn over the plates to get both sides done . We repaired two old lockers for more storage, and one received a coat of green . We all went home early as it was too hot . If you like our reports, please help us go to www.4253.co.uk to see how you can help getting us back in steam sooner thank you .Thanks to everyone who helped us this week with sales and engineering ... See MoreSee Less
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