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.
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.