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, 12 December 2018

Another tender milestone 12.12.18

Another tender milestone was achieved today in that the tender chassis was re-wheeled.
Earlier last week it was in the paint stage, here in grey undercoat.

Black gloss being applied.

The painter in action, John looks up just in time for the click of the camera.

The chassis paint job completed.

Getting ready to fit the springs and hangers.

All of the springs are new, here one has been fitted with hangers in place.

 Next a visit to the lifting jacks in the carriage shed.  Here the chassis is seen positioned between the jacks whilst still on the slave bogies.

The wheels are positioned in front of the chassis ready to be placed underneath.  Whilst in the shed the axle boxes and bearings have been placed on the journals.

Going up, the chassis is lifted clear of the slave bogies.

Next the wheels are rolled into position and secured with chocks.

Another view.

The chassis was then lowered onto the wheels.

 Outside the carriage shed en route back to the engine shed for brake rigging etc.

A final view.

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