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.
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.