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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Tuesday 12 August 2014

News 12 August 2014

The rear frame replacement sections have now been welded in position and along with the front of the frames now await ultra sonic testing.

The above picture shows the rear frame with the drag box temporarily bolted in place.  The front bogie axle just happens to have been rolled underneath just to move it out of the way.
Another picture of the rear frames taken from the other side.

A large proportion of the work is on the wheel bearings, fitting and re-fitting to get the surfaces correct.  Above is one of the front bogie axles.

The tender axles with the bearings placed on the axles journals.  The journals have been painted with engineers blue, this shows any high / low spots on the bearing when the bearing is rotated against it

Nathan trial fitting a driving axle bearing.

A new cab side plate being cut using the old cab side as a template.

Jeff machining new studs for the super heater header

The new studs being fitted to the super heater header, these will bolt the elements against the header.

Refurbished snifting valves.

Tommy making new angle irons for the cab surrounds.