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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Thursday 21 February 2019

update 21.02.2019

A new arrival today, the smoke box complete with front door ring.

Together with the smoke box door and boiler spacer ring.

With the excuse of "lets see if it fits in the saddle" the smoke box, its door and chimney were positioned so that the engine could be posed for pictures.

A three quarter view, just need the bit in the middle now!

Friday 1 February 2019

Another major milestone, 01 February 2019.

The tender chassis has been in the engine shed for the last few weeks, it has been having its brake gear, vacuum and steam heat pipework etc fitted.

It has also been receiving a coat of paint.

Another view, buffers and steps fitted.

Sand boxes cleaned and painted.

Today was a big day when the new tender tank was reunited with the chassis.  Here it is being lifted clear of the wagon that it has been residing on for some time.

The wagon has been drawn clear to allow the chassis to be placed underneath.

The tender tank has been lowered down almost into position.

However some adjustments were needed before it could be fully lowered down.

Eventually the shunt engine pulled the tender out of the shed.

Pictured standing in the yard.

Finally reunited with the rolling chassis of the locomotive and posed for pictures in the yard before returning to the engine shed.

The view from the front, standing in a snow covered yard.