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, we now hope that the engine will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

We are still on track for 2019 to be the year in which the oldest and best example of a L.M.S. Black Five steams again. Due to a very tight budget the original intention was to return 5025 to traffic by carrying out the minimum necessary work. However, she is an iconic locomotive and quite early on the sensible decision was taken to restore her to “as new” condition. This has resulted in considerable extra work and expense and has left the Watkinson Trust desperate for funds.

The original budget of £354,050 has been spent wisely and with care. However, additional boiler work has cost a further £39,345, new cylinders and frame repairs £33,350, and other work such as a new cab, injectors and super heaters upwards of £22,500.

Although most of the work now being carried out is labour intensive, certain costly goods and services are essential to finishing the job and it is only with your help that we can make it happen.

We still need to complete the tender tank and the under frame, produce boiler cladding, purchase copper pipe and various fixings and fastenings and pay for transport, crane hire and specialist machining.

The Watkinson Trust would like to thank you for any generous donation you are able to make towards a successful conclusion.

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Replacing the front frames


During the dismantling stage, the smoke box saddle fabrication was found to be badly corroded in the centre.  In order to remove the saddle, the cylinders had to be removed first, as the exhaust ports on this early version go through the frame and the saddle.  When removed, the cylinders were found to be in need of replacement as they were both cracked horizontally, as well as being badly wasted.  The front frames behind the cylinders were also found to be badly corroded and a large section has had to be replaced.

 
This picture was taken during July 2012, before the front end was dismantled, the smoke box saddle can be just about seen.

 
This picture shows the cut where the front of the frames have been removed

 
The new front frames, joined together with the lower stretchers and front bogie mounting plate.

 
The assembly being lifted into position

 
Another view from the opposite side, shortly after this picture was taken, the whole from end assembly was lowered to the ground and picked up again in a more horizontal alignment.
 
 
The repaired smoke box saddle fabrication, this will be dropped into the centre of the front frames prior to welding to help with holding the frames in position.
 

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