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.

Friday, 8 December 2017

front bogie fitted.

In preparation for the re-wheeling of the chassis, which will take place later this month, the front bogie has been re-fitted.  The frames are sitting higher than they should be, supported by blocks of wood.  This is to allow the jacks, complete with extensions, to fit underneath the front buffer beam and rear drag box.  The extensions are needed to enable the jacks to lift the frames high enough to allow the six foot driving wheels to pass underneath.
The picture below shows the engine frames being lifted at the front end, the first task is to remove the slave bogie.

Slave bogie out.

Manual labour, the slave bogie being pushed out of the way.

Followed by the front bogie being pushed towards the engine.

Positioning the bogie under the frames.

Lowering the frames onto the bogie.

The levelled frames, now ready to receive the driving wheels.  The frames will be lifted using the jacks in the carriage repair shed.  The front bogie has been fitted to provide stability on the journey from the engine shed, to the carriage shed.

 The rear splasher for the front bogie has been fitted, allowing the rear cylinder cover to be fitted.  This is the right hand side.

Repeated then with the left hand side.

Side view left hand.

And side view right hand.

The big lift to install the driving wheels is set for 20th December.