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 / end of 2017.
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.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
There's still not a great deal to see....We are still awaiting the arrival of the new cylinders when we hope progress will be a lot swifter. In the meantime its clean - tidy up and paint an ever increasing pile of parts.
This is the new front framing taking shape. When the cylinders arrive, the whole front end will have to be dismantled. It is only being bolted together temporarily, it will be riveted together properly after the cylinders have been fitted.
The inside of the frames have been finished in a poppy red gloss.
The outside of the frames has also been treated - to a coat of black enamel paint.
The parts pile grows.
Another pile of parts, Steam pipes?
The front bogie has been completed and painted.
Another view of the front bogie.
The frames from the rear.
The frames from the front with the new front buffer beam in place.