- Boiler lifted
- Leading truck removed
- Wheels removed and sheeted
- Fames returned to site outside rear of shed
- Springs and brakes removed
- Under keeps removed and steam cleaned
- Pony truck compensating beam and crossbeam removed
- Pony truck spring beam nuts undone.
- Blastpipe removed from smokebox.
- Fabrication table built and new bunker floor laid out.
- First angle drilled for bunker
- Bunker completely dismantled, (over 500 rivets ground out!).
- Key parts have been saved and stored ready to be copied or used in the new fabrication.
- Two-day shareholder working weekend organised in October.
- Over 20 shareholders helped during the two days. Numerous parts removed, cleaned, painted and stored in container.
- New steel profiles for bunker delivered, painted and stored.
- Boiler now free from frames and prepared for lift
- All inner motion parts, from crank axle/eccentrics to valves, now sourced and secured
- A pattern of Sunday and mid week working parties established
- Removed from locomotive: cab/side tanks /bunker/ buffers/draw hooks/valves/running plates/slide bars/super heater elements/steam pipes/some brake gear
- Shipping container for storage of parts obtained
- 4253 successfully moved from Wales and stabled in front yard of Rolvenden Works
Two weekend working parties at Blaenavon Railway to prepare locomotive for transfer to Kent
- The 4253 Locomotive Company Limited incorporated at Companies House
- Business Plan for the project presented and agreed with Board of Trustees of Kent and East Sussex Railway.
- Permission granted to bring 4253 to KESR and commence restoration at Rolvenden Locomotive Works
- 4253 Purchased