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.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

News 16 July 2014

The main news for this week is that the steel plates for the rear frames have arrived. 

Jack is drilling the holes in the new plates, using the old plates as a pattern.

The picture below shows another view of Jack  drilling the holes with Nathan supervising.

The rear of the frames, profiled ready to receive the new plates.  This is the area in which the drag box which forms the cab floor will be fitted.

Other work this week has been on the dismantling of the cab roof.  Some of the plates where mouldings were fitted had rusted through and will be replaced.

The cab roof where repairs have started, part of which has been painted with red oxide primer.

Note; Owing to holidays, the next news will be mid August.

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