2253 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in America in 1943 and shipped to Britain aboard the Norfolk which arrived in Hull in May 1943.
It worked on the LNER from its base at Neville Hill depot at Leeds.
Following being returned to USATC stock it was shipped to France in September 1944.
Following the end of the Second World War 2253 was bought Polish State Railway and became TR203-288
It was brought to Britain from Poland in 1992 after reportedly having a full overhaul. It steamed again on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) for a while although reports suggest it did not perform well and was not liked by footplate staff.
It was put up for sale by the NYMR but there was no interest at the price involved and the locomotive remained at the NYMR for a number of years. In late 2013 2253 was sold to Peter Best (possibly in part exchange for rolling stock he had on the railway.
After being cosmetically restored on the NYMR it was loaned to the National Railway Museum and put on static display at Locomotion Shildon as part of a Second World War display.
It is planned that 2253 will steam again on the Dartmouth Steam Railway in 2018 following the locomotive being overhauled. Adam Dalgleish Engineering in Stockton is doing the boiler and Maurice Johnson is doing the mechanicals. The locomotive will be based on the Dartmouth Steam Railway for ten years.
In February 2019 the locomotive was taken back to Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. After some further work at Grosmont the engine is expected to steam again in April and undergo trials on the NYMR before moving to the Dartmouth Steam Railway in May 2019.
The locomotive will run in a plum coloured livery which is close to that worn by the a Canadian Pacific.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Dartmouth Steam Railway||Under restoration||Peter Best|