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, 21 July 2017
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.