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, a more realistic aim is for completion is towards the middle of 2018.

To achieve this, further donations to the WEC Watkinson Trust will be welcomed by our treasurer: WAD Macphail CA, ‘Ardneil’, 80 Bruceland Road, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1SP.


By clicking the 'donate' button on the side of this page.

Thank you.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

An appeal for help

We are still on track for 2018 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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January 2018 update

Lining up the slide bars / fitting a cross head and more riveting.

The centre of the cylinder is found by bolting a strip of metal across the front of the cylinder.  A hole is drilled in the centre of the bar to mark the centre.  attached to this hole is a nylon line.

A peg is then located into the driving axle, the pointed end of which is the exact centre of the connecting rod.  The nylon line is then fixed at its far end, tensioned so that it touches the point of the peg.

The nylon line where it exits the rear of the cylinder should be the exact centre and is then used as a marker to fit the slide bars so that they are in line with the piston rod.

The same on the right hand side of the loco.

Also on the right hand side, the cross head is sitting on the lower slide bar to check the alignment.

Axle box cross member stays being fitted.

The riveting team in action fitting the cab handrails.  Here the rivet is being heated.

The heated rivet is then picked up in a pair of tongues and placed in the hole.

The two riveters then get to work.  It is being held in place on the top, whilst being hammered into shape from underneath.