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. ( see edit below)

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.

Edit, we were heavily delayed waiting for the boiler, this has put the completion date back to around summer 2020.

Further edit, owing to covid lockdown, this has been further delayed, completion date is now summer 2021.

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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Wednesday 16 July 2014

News 16 July 2014

The main news for this week is that the steel plates for the rear frames have arrived. 

Jack is drilling the holes in the new plates, using the old plates as a pattern.

The picture below shows another view of Jack  drilling the holes with Nathan supervising.

The rear of the frames, profiled ready to receive the new plates.  This is the area in which the drag box which forms the cab floor will be fitted.

Other work this week has been on the dismantling of the cab roof.  Some of the plates where mouldings were fitted had rusted through and will be replaced.

The cab roof where repairs have started, part of which has been painted with red oxide primer.

Note; Owing to holidays, the next news will be mid August.

Saturday 5 July 2014

The first Cylinder pattern is produced.

This past week has seen another milestone reached in the restoration of 5025.  The first of two polystyrene patterns has been produced.  These polystyrene patterns are a modern alternative to the more traditional wooden pattern.  When using this method, the mould doesn't have to be made in two pieces, the molten metal is poured into a single mould whilst the pattern is still inside, it simply vaporises the mould whilst forming the casting.

other work carried out this week includes the mounting of the side bearing cups on the front bogie mounting beam.

The rear frames have been cut and profiled for welding, waiting for the new steel to be delivered.

At the front the new buffer beam has been trial fitted.

The buffer beam support brackets, tacked in place for drilling.

Nathan and Tommy cleaning up the axle journals, prior to the trial fitting of the axle boxes.

A driving axle with an axle box fitted.  At this stage everything is trial fitted so as to get all of the dimensions correct.  These boxes will probably be trial fitted at least three times before the final fitting.

  The axle from another view.
Alan preparing a tender axle box bearing for white metaling.

  A closer view of the axle bearing preparation.