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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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Valve setting

Following on from the fitting of the motion comes the valve setting.  Here the chassis has been drawn out of the shed by the shunt engine.  Nathan is directing the move whilst watching for the valve head to reach its furthest foward movement.


Declared to be spot on and back in the shed.


The front valve covers are now in place.


Another view of the completed motion.


The next task is to make and fit the cylinder cladding.  These are the panels for the top of the cylinders, primed and ready for fitting.


More pipe work, fitting the lubrication pipes to the valve and cylinder components.


 Tender work

The coal doors, created by Benny.


Benny is also fitted the feather edge around the tender.


Feather edging across the rear of the tender.


A new front tender beam being created by using the old one as a template.


The tender steps and the new steam cylinder mounting bracket.


The tender floor plate under construction.