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, 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.

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.