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.

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.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Update 8th July 2017

Progress, the job comes along slowly.  Much depends on when a group of at least four are available for the riveting.
Looking down from above, the rear drag box is now completely riveted into place.

A view from the floor level.

And from underneath, the steam brake has been fitted to its bracket.

Back up to the top where the refurbished reverser has been fitted.

A view across the top of the frames, in the background the lubricators have been refitted.

A view of the lubricators from floor level.

Looking up from underneath, the new running plate has been riveted into its place.

 A view from above showing the new running plate.  The right hand plate has been riveted into place, whilst the left has just been bolted on and awaits riveting.

A view from the same position looking towards the rear.

At the front, the smoke box saddle has been lowered into place.  The holes into the front and rear stretchers have been drilled and at this stage should have just needed lifting out to clear the drilling swarf.  However it will need further attention before this can happen.  During the repair of this item, the sides have distorted, causing the frames to pull inwards when it is bolted into place.  It will need shimming and further machining.

Another view.

Four extra holes will be drilled through the frames and into the saddle, these are marked in the centre, between the exhaust port holes.  This is the area where water has got between the frame and the saddle, allowing corrosion to force the two apart.  On later engines, studs were fitted to the back of the cylinders which pulled this area together.  On 5025 these will be rivets.

The next area to receive attention was the running plate brackets on the left hand side of the cab.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Riveting progress

Steady progress is being made with the ongoing riveting up of the frame components.  Below we can see the lifting point reinforced discs have been riveted on.

A more frontal view showing some more pipe work in place.  The small pipe work is to be fitted inside the bogie mounting cross member.  This pipe work is being fitted now as there won't be much room when the saddle is fitted.

The rear cross member fitted in place.

A rare view, Nathan, who is looking very pleased with himself.

Next the rear drag box has been bolted securely into its place prior to riveting.

The drag box had to have the rubbing plates (above) and the steam brake mounting brackets (below) riveted into place before it was fitted into the frames.

Later in the day the top flange on both sides has been successfully riveted to the frame.

another view where the left hand top flange rivets can be seen clearly.

Bob Edwards visiting us from northern Ireland, fitting some hangers.

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.