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We Are Pleased To Invite You To Sponsor: CROWN STAYS, COPPER STAYS and RIGID STEEL STAYS A compelling opportunity to help bring to fruition the Nation’s Most Exciting Locomotive Restoration Project – specifically to complete our boiler! Mission Statement 4253, when restored, is intended as an addition to the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s heritage locomotive fleet, to support the future planned … Read More

Progress December 2020

Final Weeks Closed for Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions. Week Three A shortened week due to the Tier 4 restrictions arriving on Saturday.  Progress continued with 5668’s tanks having the top angle removed so the corners of the overlapping side plates could be ground back. The front sections were delivered during the week and, with much difficulty and numerous quotes from The … Read More

Newsletter No. 9 – Winter 2020

In This Issue: A Year of Good ProgressA Riveting Good Read!Notice of AGM MeetingWhat is a Crosshead?Boiler Progress End of Year ReportStay With Us Appeal

Progress November 2020

Week Four Tuesday was spent working on the one-way walkway posts which was a shame given that, on Wednesday, Kent was placed in Tier 3 so the Santa trains have been cancelled.   Not only is that work down the drain but so is our last opportunity for some much-needed fundraising in 2020.  Progress on 5668’s tanks continued with brackets to attach … Read More

Newsletter No. 8 – Autumn 2020

In This Issue: Stay With Us AppealConnecting, and Side Rod orderedWalschaerts Valve Gear for K&ESR5668 Water TanksBoiler ProgressGifts for Christmas

Progress October 2020

Final Week The camping coach emergency exit steps are nearing completion with the main framework all welded up and painted and new steps cut and welded on. This project has also given us the opportunity to provide a bit of welding training to one of our younger volunteers as well. The staff transport overhaul moved forward with the steering re-bushed … Read More

Progress September 2020

Work has continued on a number of fronts this month.  For 5668, the remaining salvageable angle pieces from the bunker have been cleaned up and painted while yet more drilling has taken place on the water tanks with this shot showing holes for one of the hand rails being drilled. New runners for the cab sides doors were made and the … Read More

Progress August 2020

The usual three working party days this week with most of Tuesday’s work being restricted to indoors given the amount of rain falling.  Fortunately there were plenty of bits of trim and angle that had been removed from 5668’s bunker that could be cleaned up, painted, labelled and stored away.   The refurbishment of the forge was completed, the rivet rack was moved … Read More

4253 Face Masks

We are pleased to announce the availability of our 4253 commissioned Face Masks. These can be used as general face coverings for dust/allergies, and also to aid in complying with current social distancing measures. Made from triple layered cotton for easy care, and hand made in Kent. Available in the following colours (subject to stock) and individually packed. Red with … Read More