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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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Riveting progress

Steady progress is being made with the ongoing riveting up of the frame components.  Below we can see the lifting point reinforced discs have been riveted on.


A more frontal view showing some more pipe work in place.  The small pipe work is to be fitted inside the bogie mounting cross member.  This pipe work is being fitted now as there won't be much room when the saddle is fitted.


The rear cross member fitted in place.


A rare view, Nathan, who is looking very pleased with himself.


Next the rear drag box has been bolted securely into its place prior to riveting.


The drag box had to have the rubbing plates (above) and the steam brake mounting brackets (below) riveted into place before it was fitted into the frames.


Later in the day the top flange on both sides has been successfully riveted to the frame.


another view where the left hand top flange rivets can be seen clearly.


Bob Edwards visiting us from northern Ireland, fitting some hangers.