This last week has seen the removal of the parts used to hold the front frames in position. The outside of the frames have been cleaned up and a coat of red oxide applied, apart from the weld area which will be subject to an NDT test before being painted.
The front frames
The front bogie mounting plate has been receiving attention. This was separated from the stretcher on which it is mounted, the corrosion which had built up underneath it was cleaned off and the whole area painted with red oxide paint.
Here Nathan is seen working on the plate and mounting point, the whole assembly is upside down.
The bogie mounting in close up.
Attention has now turned to the rear frames, these will also need to be cut and replaced.
The rear frames with a moulding attached to mark out the cut line.
A side on view of the rear frame showing the cut line.
About the Trust
Work on the overhaul of 5025 began at the beginning of 2012. This was thanks to grants or promises of support from the Strathspey Railway Company, the Strathspey Railway Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund the Strathspey Railway Association and the significant amount which had already been raised from our supporters though appeals.
Major progress has been made on the locomotive and tender frames, axleboxes, motion, dragboxes and valve gear at Aviemore and on the major rebuild of the boiler, reprofiling of the tyres of the locomotive and tender wheels and construction of a new tender tank at Riley Engineering of Bury. Work has also included the casting and machining of a pair of new cylinders
The WEC Watkinson Trust originally hoped to return 5025 to service in 2015, however owing to the amount of work needed, a more realistic aim is for completion is towards the middle of 2018.
To achieve this further donations to the WEC Watkinson Trust will be welcomed by our treasurer: WAD Macphail CA, ‘Ardneil’, 80 Bruceland Road, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1SP.