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.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The cab

The cab side being removed back in December 2013

After removal, before having the internal fittings removed.  has this any e-bay potential?

The cab was in a poor state, lots of evidence of where the metal moth has been

Corrosion has got between the panel and the angle stiffener.

Another view of the poor state of the metal work.

The cab roof during the dismantling of the face plate.

The cab door partially repaired.

 Reconstruction starts

The drivers side cab under reconstruction.

More views of the drivers side cab sheet.

More views, all parts are being temporally bolted together pending riveting.

The completed cab side on 20th September 2014, it is now awaiting riveting.


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