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.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The first Cylinder pattern is produced.

This past week has seen another milestone reached in the restoration of 5025.  The first of two polystyrene patterns has been produced.  These polystyrene patterns are a modern alternative to the more traditional wooden pattern.  When using this method, the mould doesn't have to be made in two pieces, the molten metal is poured into a single mould whilst the pattern is still inside, it simply vaporises the mould whilst forming the casting.

other work carried out this week includes the mounting of the side bearing cups on the front bogie mounting beam.

The rear frames have been cut and profiled for welding, waiting for the new steel to be delivered.

At the front the new buffer beam has been trial fitted.

The buffer beam support brackets, tacked in place for drilling.

Nathan and Tommy cleaning up the axle journals, prior to the trial fitting of the axle boxes.

A driving axle with an axle box fitted.  At this stage everything is trial fitted so as to get all of the dimensions correct.  These boxes will probably be trial fitted at least three times before the final fitting.

  The axle from another view.
Alan preparing a tender axle box bearing for white metaling.

  A closer view of the axle bearing preparation.


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