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, 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.

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.