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.








Sunday, 22 November 2015

22nd November 2015

Its been a while since the last post, I haven't forgotten but there really isn't much to report at the moment.  Other work is taking priority such as the maintenance on our other engines in preparation for the Christmas running.

This is a flitch plate repair to part of the running plate, now awaiting welding.


More work on the running plate, this time at the cab end.


Two driving axles have had their axle boxes fully fitted for the final time, these have been covered with plastic to protect them up to the time that they can be fitted.


Another view.


These are the old horn guide clips, slightly worse for wear.


New stronger horn guide clips are being fabricated.


Nathan machining a part.


A collection of pins that have been machined for the loco.


More horn guide clip fabrication.


This piece goes across the end of and supports the cab floor, so i'm told.


Apart from the other engines, the steam generator on the class 27 is also taking people away from the black 5.  This is part of it that is undergoing patch repairs.


The steam generator exhaust, a complete replacement being made.