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.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

27th May 2017

Riveting in progress
Benny heating the rivets.

Having placed the rivet in its hole, Benny withdraws,  Tom holds the dolly on the back, whilst Nathan uses the gun to form the rivet head.

Nearly there, Nathan finishes the head of the rivet, Benny is already heating the next rivet.

The front crossmember riveted into its place behind the front bumper.

Another view looking forward.

Running plate support angles.

The finished left hand front buffer beam supports.

The right hand side with one difficult rivet to go.

The front apron plate is now in position, along with the vacuum pipe bracket.

Another view slightly angled

Next the front running board has been bolted into place ready for riveting.

On the right hand side the running plate supports can be seen.

Away from the riveting, these are the front bogie lubricating pipe connections.  The smaller right hand threaded part is a new piece which has been welded to the original to form a repair.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

16th May 2017. A little progress

There has been some progress with the riveting of the front end.  This is despite the other engines constantly demanding attention.
The heating of the rivets has changed from the oven, to using an oxy-acetylene lance.  This method is proving to be quicker in that when a rivet is in the oven, when taken out, it takes a while to heat the oven back up again.

The countersunk rivets that hold the angle iron to the top of the buffer beam.  This angle in turn hold the running plate.

 Looking at the rear of the buffer beam, the angle that was mentioned previously can be seen at the top.  The strengthening flitch plates on this side have also been riveted into place.

The buffer beam with the addition of the vacuum pipe dummy coupling.

And later with the addition of the front buffers themselves.

In between the frames, the front bogie mounting stretcher has been riveted into place.

The rear stretcher under this front section is also now permanently riveted into its place.

The rear of the centre section of the buffer beam.  This shows the left hand flitch plate and centre draw hook strengthener permanently in place.

On the outside of the frames, above where the cylinders will fit, is the running plate support angle which has also been riveted into place.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

18/04/2017 riveting begins.

After spending the closed season carrying out heavy maintenance on our other steam loco's, work has re-started on 5025.

After a long period of making the riveting dolly's, practising on pieces of scrap and waiting for a very large order of rivets.  Work started for real on the frames of 5025, first of all the stiffening channels were riveted to the back of the buffer beam.

Next the angle iron's that fix to the front of the frames were riveted in place.  These angles hold the buffer beam in place.

The front view of the buffer beam.  The rivets holding the channels in place are countersunk, the faces of them have been ground flush with the beam.

the picture below shows a newly machined sliding nut for the hand brake mechanism.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

update 05.03.2017

Just a post to say that the blog hasn't been abandoned, we are busy doing the maintenance on our other steam engines.
Caledonian railway number 828, this engine has its own blog at http://cr828.blogspot.co.uk/

Our other engine, Ivatt class 2 number 46512 has had its wheels removed.  They were sent away to have their tyres turned, pictured below during the first week of January, standing outside the shed on a pair of slave bogies.

 Work should resume on 5025 by the end of the month.

Saturday, 28 January 2017


Whilst most of the activity has been on 46512, some progress has been made on 5025.

The rear drag box has been removed from the frames and is pictured here upside down.  It has had the engine steam brake assembly fitted, prior to riveting.  Here the two support brackets have been mounted on the box, the actuating arm mounted with the two bosses in the frame.  This is attached, on the left, to the steam brake cylinder, which in itself is a brand new casting.  The spacer bracket, between the two support arms had to be renewed as the original couldn't be found.

Another view with the spacer bracket showing the return spring attached to it.

One of the exhaust steam branches in the machine having the flanges planed, following slight distortion after the welding process.

The following pictures are of subjects that have been covered earlier, they are from Calum's collection and haven't been published before.

Tommy centre popping where his next hole will be.

Alan applying white metal to one of the cross heads

More of the white metalling process.  The cross head design allows the white metal to be melted in using the Oxy-acetylene gear rather than pouring molten metal into a mould,

Machining parts

Machining the new blast pipe casting.

The old blast pipe

The broken base of the old blast pipe.

Another view

Another view of Tommy drilling the running plate

A general view through the new cab.

The running plate support angle in production.

Another angle.

More running plate views.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Update 10.01.2017

 The two exhaust ports of the right hand cylinder show through the frames whilst the cylinders were having the mounting bolt holes drilled.

The right hand cylinder having been trial fitted for hole drilling has now been painted with heat resistant paint.

Nathan with the magnetic drill, boring the holes in the left hand cylinder.

The left hand cylinder has had the same heat resistant paint treatment.

The smoke box base plate was very worn on the underside.  Here calum is building up the wasted area by running welds over it, when completed this will be machined flat.

A closer picture of the weld runs.

The exhaust steam branches were also very worn.  A decision was taken to replace them with fabricated ones.  This is one of the new branches which will just need a little machining along the large plate.

The picture below shows the old left hand exhaust branch with the smoke box base plate attached.  This is to check the alignment of the new right hand exhaust branch.  After this was proven the process was reversed to check the right hand branch pipe.

Another view of one of the new exhaust branch pipes.

The smoke box saddle, now with the holes for the exhaust branch pipes cut out.

This is the old exhauster ring (right) with the new casting for the replacement on the left.

 This is the upturned chimney with a new piece machined into the liner (old piece on the left).  Mounted on to the top is the now machined exhauster ring.

A close up of the new liner which has been rebated onto the old remaining piece and bolted into place.

So far all the frame components have been manufactured and bolted together to prove their fitting.  The loco is now at a stage where it is ready to be riveted together, this will involve taking the new parts off and hot riveting them back together.
This process will start when the winter maintenance of our other steam loco, 46512, has been completed.
46512 is pictured below in the carriage shed being lifted off its wheels.