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.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

An Update

The update is that there isn't really much to update.
Most of the work at the moment is not really visual, checking clearances, making adjustments etc.

The welding of the new frame pieces has been ultra - sonic tested.....and passed.  There will not be much more activity on the frames until we receive the new cylinders.

A new cab side being fabricated, working out the positions for items such as the reverser mounting.

A driving axle box in position to check the clearances.

The superheater header with nearly all of the new studs fitted, just two to go.

This major alteration to the shed has been taking attention away a little bit.  This is the new mezzanine floor steel work and stairs at the far end of the engine shed.  When complete the lower part will be partitioned off, housing new machinery inside.

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