Last update of the restoration of steam locomotive 4253

The 4253 Locomotive Company Ltd has released its latest update on the restoration of Great Western Railway (GWR) 4200 Class No.4253.

The team recently spent a lot of time working on 4253.

Starting from the boiler tubes, they cleaned, oiled and then stacked each tube on a pallet intended to receive the tubes.

Preparation of Boiler Tubes // Credit 4253 Company

Continuing on to the boiler, the downpipe grate components were removed from storage for cleaning followed by measurement to ensure they acquire the correct size fire bars. After that, the painting of the rear buffer beam began, when finished, the engine number can be written on it.

Later in the week, the team got stuck in the riveting of one of the water tanks. The position in which the rivets had to be pressed made them difficult to fit, nevertheless around 50 were set, bringing 4253 closer to steam.

Buffer Beam Paint // Credit 4253 Company
Buffer Beam Paint // Credit 4253 Company

Additional riveting took place on the rearmost top panel, which involved first bolting the section in place.

For more information or to support the 4253 Locomotive Company Ltd in the restoration of 4253, please visit their website here.

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