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.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

latest news 28.12.2014

There is very little visual progress at the moment, all activity is preparation towards the assembly of the front end.
The picture below shows the frames, the shot blasting has been completed and a coat of red oxide primer has been applied.

This is where the new cylinder block will attach to the frame, the mating surface has been left clear of paint and has had a coat of grease applied for protection.

In preparation for the arrival of the cylinders, the driving axle boxes have been placed in position, together with a disc to represent the axle.  This is to accurately mark the axle centre, which will be needed in the setting up and fitting of the cylinders and motion.

The remainder of the work has centred on preparing all of the brackets, buffer beam, steps running plate, cross members etc. which will be needed when the front end of the frame is assembled.  This is expected to take place around the end of January.

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