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 / end of 2017.

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.





Thursday, 6 August 2015

06th August 2015

We are still awaiting the return of the tender tank, only the tender chassis has returned.  However there has been a few small jobs taking place.

The slide bars have returned from machining.


Two oil reservoirs and pipe work, cleaned and polished ready to go back on.


Running plate bracket on the rear frames


Work taking place on the rear dragbox


A repaired corner of the drag box


Drilling and tapping the bolt holes for the steam brake bracket.


A large bracket in the drill.


Old casting along side its new replacement, having holes drilled and tapped.


The running plate bracket on the other side of the frames.

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