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by David Blevins
Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Offloading Coal Locally
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: Offloading Coal Locally

Airdrie Station had a very similar set-up with the coal staithes/bays and I too always thought coal was emptied directly from the wagons into the wooden sleepered bays direct. The coal would have been shovelled manually, and it would be possible to throw the coal over the wooden tops of the wooden b...
by David Blevins
Thu May 27, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ayrshire Potato Traffic
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Ayrshire Potato Traffic

Interesting article on Scottish Agriculture on the History of Farming and Harvesting Potatoes. I am beginning to think that Potatoes were classed as "Bulk Loads" and were carried in Open Wagons that were Sheeted (Tarpaulin Covers). I am listing one or two clues with references:- 1. "S...
by David Blevins
Sun May 23, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ayrshire Potato Traffic
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Ayrshire Potato Traffic

How was the Potato Traffic carried by the Caledonian Railway, would it have been packed in sacks, or loose in covered wagons? There are a number of entries in the CR Appendix and List of Goods Shunting Engines such as "June, 1897.... Goods Traffic of Potatoes from Ayrshire to Perth, Dundee and ...
by David Blevins
Tue May 18, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Allocation of Brake Vans
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Allocation of Brake Vans

I can see the argument for "Brake Vans normally allocated to a location from which (Mineral) Traffic originated" but what about Brake Vans were allocated to Individual Depots, Polmadie, etc., and allocated to Brakesman at these Depots, for their "Route" knowledge, i.e., Branches ...
by David Blevins
Mon May 17, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Allocation of Brake Vans
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Allocation of Brake Vans

Not quite what you are looking for but a St Rollox Mineral Gartness Branch Brake Van was discussed under "Mystery Photograph" in 2013. It might help as it implies Goods Brake Vans were allocated to various Branches and Depots.

David Blevins.
by David Blevins
Sun May 09, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another picture to clarify - Perth?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Another picture to clarify - Perth?

I wondered about that as well, whether it was the Refuse Works. The 1901 Map lists the sidings to the South as "Manure Depot", and the 1933 Map as Refuse Destructor (Perth Corp.) against the lower sidings, my thinking was that they were separate from the Works in the Photograph, but I coul...
by David Blevins
Sun May 09, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another picture to clarify - Perth?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Another picture to clarify - Perth?

A bit further research unearthed a Perth Friarton Map for 1933, which is very similar to the photograph, not Labelled this time but has a circular structure to the right of the Works, possibly a Gasometer. The original Map appears to be about 1901, the photograph probably taken in the late 1910's or...
by David Blevins
Sun May 09, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another picture to clarify - Perth?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Another picture to clarify - Perth?

Definitely Perth but is it not the "Gas Works" in the bottom right of the Map. Comparing the Map and Photograph, Moncreiffe Island on the bend in the River Tay matches along with the two sidings into the Works and Road in the foreground all seem to match. The Ordnance people are usually ve...
by David Blevins
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

Niall, I will look forward to receiving your "table" for the Dundee & Arbroath Railway Staff, that was one area difficult to pin down CR Staff from the Scottish Valuation of property List, so there are a few gaps in my research, which I would appreciate more Information from yourself, ...
by David Blevins
Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

A "Revelation" has occurred regarding a New source of Information from one of our Members, Eoin Rennie, who has been working independently on a Research Project of his, on Alloa Junction. He has kindly forwarded a List of over 1,000 new names of Caledonian Railway Staff from all over Scotl...
by David Blevins
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Vacuum Gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: Vacuum Gauge

Campbell Cornwell Book could Help. Caledonian Railway Locomotives - The Classic years has number of Official Drawings and Photographs, published by the CRA. I will list a few here to let you Study:- Page 73 Figure 3.16 Drawing of Pipe connections - Westinghouse & Vacuum Drivers Brake Valves. Pag...
by David Blevins
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

An Updated Caledonian Railway Staff List will soon be available on the CRA Website. It has increased considerably, with 22,225 entries, with Information from relatives on their Great Great Grandfather - which we greatly appreciate in receiving Family Research from individuals. The other source was t...
by David Blevins
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Where is Auchenvale

The Terrace of 5 is listed as Newark Place in some Maps, and I think it corresponds with a row of Tenements which still exists but with no road access only a lane/pathway which means the Google Camera Van never got access, so not sure if still occupied as most Tenements in that area seem to be in th...
by David Blevins
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Where is Auchenvale

I am enclosing another enlarged Map of Port Glasgow Goods for 1911, which hopefully will be much clearer than previously. Fingers crossed. The Fyfe House in the earlier coloured Map is the same one I came up with during my research, although not named in later Maps surely, must be the same one. Auch...
by David Blevins
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: Where is Auchenvale

Thank you for your Help and thoughts on the whereabouts of Auchenvale. I agree it must be East of Port Glasgow, this is where the Glasgow Road passed under the Railway Bridge near Newark Castle on the River Clyde and skirted Port Glasgow Goods Station/Yard, passing the Gasworks and onto Carnegie Par...
by David Blevins
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Where is Auchenvale

I have come across an entry in the Scottish Valuation Roll in Renfrewshire for Auchenvale, it lists Signalmen, Platelayers, Goods Agent for 1895, 1905 and 1915 and had a Guard and Goods Manager back in 1885. They are all staying in Caledonian Railway Property/Houses. I cannot find Auchenvale using G...
by David Blevins
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A station to identify
Replies: 12
Views: 1366

Re: A station to identify

A recent addition to the "Caledonian Railway Staff List", lists a Thomas Steele, identified in the photograph, as being a Clerk at Law Junction Station in the LMS Period, from 02/06/1924 until he was transferred to Coalburn on 02/11/1925.
David Blevins.
by David Blevins
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Unidentified Loco

This is a Photo of CR No. 431, 2-4-0, as rebuilt by Drummond, before it's sad demise as depicted in the original photograph, after the collision at Coupar Angus, when the Driver George Pyper made a mistake and unfortunately lost his life.
David Blevins.
by David Blevins
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Unidentified Loco

Accident at Coupar Angus 20/10/1899 A very Brief extract from the Official Accident Report:- The 7.55 Express Perth to Aberdeen collided with the Special Cattle & Goods Train at Coupar Angus. It struck CR No. 431 2-4-0 on the right hand side and entirely destroyed it, it's Boiler being ripped op...
by David Blevins
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 5
Views: 1081

Caledonian Railway Staff List

I have Updated the Caledonian Railway Staff List, which is due to be published or made available on the CRA Forum very soon, we now have 17,350 entries for all Grades of Railway employees. Not a complete list, as the original CR Co. Records were damaged many years ago by careless storage, water dama...
by David Blevins
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM and 7mm
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Re: TLM and 7mm

The "Patterns" for 7mm are probably beyond my expertise, but for a person with no knowledge of this technique, how do you make a Pattern? Maybe others are asking themselves the same question, but if not, I would like to know what is required and the process in Pattern Making. From a 7mm Mo...
by David Blevins
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 29 Class
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: 29 Class

Regarding the Condensing Polished Copper Pipes - I used to have my doubts if they would be so Highly Polished whilst working through the Tunnels in Glasgow, from Parkhead to Botanic Gardens or Partick West is quite a distance! But on Holiday in Chester, England I had to use the toilet in a Very Old ...
by David Blevins
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 29 Class
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: 29 Class

The Condensing Pipes from the Smoke Box to the Tank are polished copper.
David Blevins.
by David Blevins
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 29 Class
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: 29 Class

Here is a comparison with a Class 29 and Class 782, the Boiler Bands which appear to be very similar.
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by David Blevins
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 29 Class
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: 29 Class

I have tried a few enlargements of Class 29, 0-6-0T Condensing, and what appears to be vague lining of Boiler Band next to the smoke box.
I leave it up to yourself to judge, but I too always assumed the Class 29 were lined on the Boilers.
David Blevins.