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.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Archive post; the dismantling commences February 2011

21.06.2006, 5025 stands outside the shed, being prepared for its annual visit to the steam fair at Boat of Garten.
Another view taken in June 2006.
13.08.2009, 5025 sits at the back of the shed, last steamed in 1993, awaiting the day when restoration starts, that day is getting closer.

Following a period of preparation, dismantling started in February 2011, above and below the cab roof is about to be removed.

The roof comes away.

Moving on, the next stage is preparing for the boiler lift.

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