Locomotive GWR 2253, 0-6-0, 5-inch gauge, steam (John Cashmore)

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Locomotive GWR 2253, 0-6-0, 5-inch gauge, steam (John Cashmore)

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Arch Three , Area 73
Arch Three, Overhead


An engineered model five-inch gauge 0-6-0 GWR 2251-Class Collett locomotive and tender with a Belpaire tapered copper boiler, copper tubes and a copper firebox, running number 2253, designed and built by John Cashmore of Halesowen, Birmingham, in around ~1982 (boiler certification 1983).

The loco immediately after installation - some display tweaking probably still to be done

The locomotive was acquired by museum Trustee Michael Gilkes, who would run it on the open-air track at Hove Park Railway. It went on display on a special overhead bridge section in 2017.

1983 Christies listing information:


A finely engineered 5in. gauge model of the Great Western Railway 'Collett' Class 2250 0-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 2253, built by J. Cashmore, Halesowen – 13½in. × 56in. (84.5cm. × 142cm.).

Complete with brazed superheated copper boiler built by Bishop Ellis, Model Engineers Ltd, Birmingham, with fittings including water and pressure gauges, safety, blower, twin injector, whistle, steam brake, clack and blowdown valves. Chassis details include twin inside cylinders with inside Stephenson’s link reversing, cab controlled valve chest draincock, strapped and bolted bigends with split brasses, bronze lined eccentrics, valve tail rod driven ratchet operated lubricator, twin injectors, steam operated brake gear, whistle, sanding boxes and pipework, riveting, steps and hand irons. Tender details include hand operated brake gear and feed pump, watercocks, tool boxes, tank vents, steps and hand irons. Finished in GWR livery. Boiler certificate dated 24.2.83.

This model was built from the builder’s own drawings and patterns and has never been steamed.

— , Christies, , Fine Model Steam Engines, Locomotives, Ships, Aeroplanes and Road Vehicles at The British Engineerium, , Monday 18th May 1983

Christies auction listing for the locomotive, April 1983


The loco was sold at a Christies auction at the British Engineerium on Monday 18th April 1983, as lot #118.

The locomotive was bought by museum trustee Michael Gilkes, who ran it from 1983 to 2004 at Hove Park.

A testing certificate from 1983 certified by Bishop-Ellis (model engineers) Ltd. and boiler inspection certificates from the Brighton&Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers list Michael as the owner in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992 and 1994, and a Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies logbook (#6681) lists inspections and steam tests in 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2004.

Logbook, cover