Progress April 2020

Week One Still no work at Rolvenden but, behind the scenes, progress is still being made.  Boiler work continues with the backhead being marked out for attaching the new manifold pad followed by drilling and trial fitting. The initial sections of platework for 5668’s tanks are being laser cut and folded and Dave S has been busy at home varnishing the … Read More

Progress March 2020

Week 4 Not much to report given that the Railway is totally shut down currently although, fortunately, HBSS are still operational up in Liverpool so work on the boiler continues.  After a bit of hassle we managed to get the manifold pad delivered up there so it can be attached to the backhead.  Here are some of the photos from HBSS starting … Read More

Brian Sefton – 4253 Painting

Brian Sefton visited Barry scrapyard in Wales many times during the 70’s and 80’s and amassed hundreds of photographs and preparatory drawings for what would become ‘The Barry Collection’ – over 100 paintings of the locos there.  He passed away in November last year leaving an enormous collection of steam paintings that have never been seen by the public. He … Read More

Progress February 2020

The boiler fund appeal has started well so don’t get left behind – go to the ‘How You Can Help’ page to buy a share. Week Four Tuesday saw more work on the 5668 tank sections with rivets being pounded out and the dressing back of areas where the cut up angle sections had been welded together again last week. … Read More

Progress January 2020

Week 4 On Monday the boiler was lifted out, loaded onto a lorry and headed off to HBSS in Liverpool. This left us to rebuild the end wall of the boiler house and effect some repairs where the weather has taken its toll over the years.  The manifold pad removed last week was cleaned up in preparation for having a … Read More

Dave Dee

It is with the utmost sadness and regret that we have to report the sudden death of one of our long-time volunteers Dave Dee on Thursday 23 January. Dave had worked on the project for many years and was a key member of our riveting team.  Although big in personality, he was not so in stature so often found himself … Read More

Breaking News!

As agreed by shareholders at last weeks 4253 AGM. The boiler has now been dispatched to specialists in Liverpool for rebuilding. We would expect it to the completed and returned by the end of this year A Boiler Fund has been set up to finance the workfrom the sale of an additional 100 shares. GWR 4253 The ‘Final Push’ Appeal … Read More