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, 7 October 2014


More progress on the new cab;
One of the cab sides pictured below having been coated in red oxide primer.

The cab front under construction.

Another view of the cab front.

More preparation work is taking place around the front buffer beam, here the angle iron backing is being lined up for hole drilling.

This picture shows the inner brackets being lined up, these will have two horizontal channels fixed to them.  These channels are currently being folded from one steel plate.

A view of the rear inner frames.

The front bogie being re-wheeled.

The front bogie after re-wheeling, it now awaits various fittings, springs, axle box keeps etc.


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