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, 16 April 2015

Update 16th April 2015

There is very little visual news, most work is being carried out on the cylinders, which are now on site at Aviemore shed.  There is the tapping out of holes, making blanking plates etc. in preparation for a hydraulic pressure test.

Work has also been held up whilst urgent attention was given to one of our other engines, 46512

One of the cylinders as delivered.


And pictured again from a slightly different angle.


Marking out of the frames


The centre line of the centre driving axle, with the measurement from the centre of the cylinder.


The measuring team, Nathan left, with Paul right.


One of the cylinders under the gantry in the carriage shed.  This is to check the fitting of the cylinder end covers using engineers blue and grinding paste where necessary.


The cylinder from the other side