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

The replacement front frames are now welded in place


This past week has seen the welding in place of the new front frame sections.

The picture below shows Jack removing the cross members and smoke box saddle.  These had been put in place to help hold the frames in position whilst they were welded, this helps to avoid distortion.  They are being removed to allow the weld to be subjected to ultra sonic testing, following which the frames will be cleaned up, painted and generally made ready to received all the parts which are bolted to them.

Below; a close up of the weld which has been ground back to the level of the surrounding steel.

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