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 towards the end 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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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Update 14.09.2019

Most of the work that has taken place since the last update, has been on preparing the boiler ready for fitting into the frames.  All of the cotter pins which hold the ash pan to the firebox have been made and fitted.  Pictured below.


The Crinolines that support the boiler cladding have been rolled and await fitting.


The blast pipe base was trial fitted before the smoke box was removed from the frames where it had been sitting.


The cut out in the base of the smoke box had to be enlarged to allow it to sit properly.


Another view of both items.


The super heater header has been subjected to a large amount of machining of the element ports and stud fitting.


The smoke box was then mounted onto the boiler barrel


The view from the opposite side.


Thursday, 18 July 2019

The boiler has landed.

Pictured earlier today (18.07.19) the refurbished boiler has arrived back at Aviemore.  Having been lifted from the delivery lorry, it had its ash pan fitted and was placed onto a wagon for ease of movement.


A side on view


  Then moved into the shed.



Previously

The ash pan was lowered into place between the frames to check the clearances. Picture taken from the cab floor.


Pictured from underneath, this is the view into the ash pan through the front damper door.


A view of the rear damper opening from underneath.


The new tender floor support brackets.


The tender floor from above showing handbrake and water valve covers.


Valve cladding fitted.


cylinder side view.


Under cab floor linkage being fitted


The ash pan has been removed, this view from the cab along the chassis


Close up view from the cab floor of the trailing axle boxes and lubrication pipe work.


Injector pipe work being formed under the left hand cab steps.