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.





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.

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