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.








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.


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