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.





Saturday, 8 July 2017

Update 8th July 2017

Progress, the job comes along slowly.  Much depends on when a group of at least four are available for the riveting.
Looking down from above, the rear drag box is now completely riveted into place.


A view from the floor level.


And from underneath, the steam brake has been fitted to its bracket.


Back up to the top where the refurbished reverser has been fitted.


A view across the top of the frames, in the background the lubricators have been refitted.


A view of the lubricators from floor level.


Looking up from underneath, the new running plate has been riveted into its place.


 A view from above showing the new running plate.  The right hand plate has been riveted into place, whilst the left has just been bolted on and awaits riveting.


A view from the same position looking towards the rear.


At the front, the smoke box saddle has been lowered into place.  The holes into the front and rear stretchers have been drilled and at this stage should have just needed lifting out to clear the drilling swarf.  However it will need further attention before this can happen.  During the repair of this item, the sides have distorted, causing the frames to pull inwards when it is bolted into place.  It will need shimming and further machining.


Another view.


Four extra holes will be drilled through the frames and into the saddle, these are marked in the centre, between the exhaust port holes.  This is the area where water has got between the frame and the saddle, allowing corrosion to force the two apart.  On later engines, studs were fitted to the back of the cylinders which pulled this area together.  On 5025 these will be rivets.


The next area to receive attention was the running plate brackets on the left hand side of the cab.


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