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.

Friday, 8 December 2017

front bogie fitted.

In preparation for the re-wheeling of the chassis, which will take place later this month, the front bogie has been re-fitted.  The frames are sitting higher than they should be, supported by blocks of wood.  This is to allow the jacks, complete with extensions, to fit underneath the front buffer beam and rear drag box.  The extensions are needed to enable the jacks to lift the frames high enough to allow the six foot driving wheels to pass underneath.
The picture below shows the engine frames being lifted at the front end, the first task is to remove the slave bogie.

Slave bogie out.

Manual labour, the slave bogie being pushed out of the way.

Followed by the front bogie being pushed towards the engine.

Positioning the bogie under the frames.

Lowering the frames onto the bogie.

The levelled frames, now ready to receive the driving wheels.  The frames will be lifted using the jacks in the carriage repair shed.  The front bogie has been fitted to provide stability on the journey from the engine shed, to the carriage shed.

 The rear splasher for the front bogie has been fitted, allowing the rear cylinder cover to be fitted.  This is the right hand side.

Repeated then with the left hand side.

Side view left hand.

And side view right hand.

The big lift to install the driving wheels is set for 20th December.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A big leap forward 29.11.2017

As reported in the last post, the smoke box saddle has arrived back at the shed.  It has had new sides welded in place, which have then been machined to the correct width.

The riveting gang with smiling faces, they have just completed riveting the smoke box saddle into its place between the frames.

Hard on the heels of the saddle was the arrival of the cylinders.

The cylinders had been away to have the valve liners re-positioned.

The right hand cylinder was the first to be hung in position.  At this point it is held in place by two of the bolts.

The left hand frame, prepared to receive the cylinder.

The left hand cylinder being hung into its position.

The front end, fully riveted together with both cylinders fully bolted to the frames.

More lubrication pipes added.

More fittings added.

Monday, 13 November 2017

13 November 2017 update

The frames were moved forward to allow the cab to be removed.

Once on the floor the riveting of the cab commenced.  These are smaller rivets that those used on the frames and so a period of trial and error commenced.

Some of the roof guttering's are still bolted together awaiting riveting.

A close up, a few rivets will have to be removed and re-done.

No pictures yet, but the smoke box saddle has returned from the engineers and is being prepared for fitting.  The valve liners have been refitted into the cylinders which are expected back next week.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Lots of small jobs = some progress

 Water is injected into the boiler at the top, to ensure that the water is directed to the sides and not straight down onto the tubes, this deflector plate is fitted.  The original was completely life expired, badly corroded and falling to bits.  This is the new fabrication which will be delivered to Riley's engineering for fitting to the boiler.

 Another view of the underside, it attaches to the stays inside the boiler via the clamps fitted below it.

The riveting of the cab is still to take place, before this can happen the cab panels have to be removed to clean the paint from between the joints.  This is the cab front piece, paint removed, prior to refitting.

Now bolted back into place.

The reversing rod support bracket clamped into place before drilling the fixing holes.

The reversing rod now fitted with the tunnel also in place on the right.

Benny bolting the tunnel into place.

The business end of the rod is attached to the reverser itself, which now has its cover fitted.

Benny lining up the rod whilst holding the head of the bolts with a spanner.

Pipework and one of the sand box filling pipes fitted.

The vacuum system pipework is gradually being fitted.

The pipe run underneath the running board.

A view between the frames with pipework and one of the sandboxes fitted.

Another view from the cab area.

Underneath the left hand running board, linkage, pipework and the reversing rod.

Another sand box with the filling pipe fitted.

The right hand expansion link fitted.

Not a brilliant picture but this shows the lubricator linkage and in the background is the eye bolt which is used to lift the connecting rod.

A close up of the lubricator pipe work.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Running board riveting finished.

The riveting in place of the running boards has been completed.  This view was taken whilst I was sitting in the drivers seat, how I achieved this will be explained later in the post.  Work is now concentrated on the cleaning, and fitting the miles of lubrication pipe work.  The guide and tunnel for the reversing rod can be seen in place on the left hand running board.

All four of the access steps have been fabricated and fitted to the frames, this being the front left hand set.

Above the steps the riveted running board and hand grab.

Newly fitted rivets, part of the step mounting in the rear left hand running board.  The side of the cab is visible in this view.

The reason that I was able to take a photo of the frames whilst sitting in the drivers seat, is that the cab has been fitted to the frames.  Two reasons for this, first of all to ensure that the running board it sits on is in the correct position for riveting.  The second is that most of the cab has been newly fabricated and bolted together whilst standing on the shed floor.  To ensure that it is sitting square, it has been firmly bolted down onto the running boards, which will make it more rigid  In this position the lower half of the cab panels will be riveted together, then it will be lifted off again to complete the riveting of the roof from ground level. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Boiler

The boiler for 5025 is being refurbished by Riley's engineering.  Here are some pictures from a recent visit to view the progress.
The first view is looking at the firebox back plate, this has been renewed some three quarters of the way up.

Moving to the side we can see one of the shoulder patches where material has been cut out to eliminate cracks.
The lower side of the firebox has also been renewed.

This view of the front of the firebox shows the new throat plate.

Another close up view of the same area.

Another view of the firebox side plate renewal.
This view also shows the new front section of the boiler barrel.

A view of the front of the boiler showing the new front tube plate.