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by dunalastairv
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: LMS Furniture
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: LMS Furniture

Well they certainly made wooden chairs, of various designs, but all with 'CR' carved in the back rail - I have several examples - and I therefore think it's perfectly reasonable to suggest they made all the other furniture they'd need too. Whether this extended to special equipment for the prestige ...
by dunalastairv
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Hello John,

I think it's more likely the chimney was raised to improve the draw to give more heat in the grate. I've seen this done in many places, both railway and non-railway, and that was the reason for such extensions.

Mike.
by dunalastairv
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Well done John. I'm sure that's the right location and I thought all along it was North British. Very satisfying when a mystery like this is solved.
by dunalastairv
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Sorry chaps, but I think the discussions about the finial on the end of the building are a red herring. The design shown there was a very common pattern - the finials on Bewdley South Box, a G.W.R. structure built by McKenzie & Holland, are exactly the same and many N.E.R. boxes had a similar design...
by dunalastairv
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

I think those rail chairs are North British. Just a complete guess, is this Newcastleton, looking towards Edinburgh?
by dunalastairv
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Mystery Goods Shed
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: Mystery Goods Shed

I reckon that's Dumbarton too. Sadly the building was demolished to make way for Tesco. I photographed it just days before the demolition began, but couldn't get inside.
by dunalastairv
Wed May 27, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Villa tickets
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Villa tickets

Even at my advanced age, you learn something new every day! Thank you everyone. Michael.
by dunalastairv
Tue May 26, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Villa tickets
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Villa tickets

Well I have to confess I have absolutely no idea what a Villa Ticket is, so please enlighten me. If you live in Birmingham it will certainly mean something else!
Michael.
by dunalastairv
Mon May 11, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 2489

Re: Barrow crossings

'Morning all.

At Graham Tipple and David Lochrie's suggestion, I've started a new post as an addition to this one, entitled "Strathyre Station gardens", which gives more detail of some of the features seen at that location.

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Mon May 11, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Strathyre Station gardens.
Replies: 4
Views: 709

Strathyre Station gardens.

This post follows on from Graham Tipple's query about barrow crossings, which became rather enlarged by a host of additional observations, and at his suggestion, and also that of David Lochrie, I'd like to open with a few relevant photographs, kindly being processed by John Paton, whose remarkable p...
by dunalastairv
Sat May 09, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Locomotive Route Indicators
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Locomotive Route Indicators

You must have very good eyes and a large magnifying glass! Good luck...
by dunalastairv
Sat May 09, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Locomotive Route Indicators
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Locomotive Route Indicators

Hello Carina, I have what I suspect is a B.R. made one, which has a note attached saying it was used with either 54487 or 54478. It consists of a piece of flattened boiler tube, 8" long, which fits over the lamp bracket on the engine, rounded at the end away from the boiler; a 1/2" BSW hexagon bolt,...
by dunalastairv
Sat May 09, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 2489

Re: Barrow crossings

Hello David, I haven't had a PM from you at all but do please get in touch via the normal e-mail you have, which is still current. That is exactly the picture of the C. & O. 'box-shute' at Loch Awe I was taking about and it's the one reproduced in "LMS Lineside, Vol 2". If I'd been around at that ti...
by dunalastairv
Fri May 08, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 2489

Re: Barrow crossings

Hi Graham, I've seen several images showing the gardens at Strathyre and in my opinion the bases of the lamp posts are large pottery drainage pipes, presumably filled with concrete, and then painted up to match the rest of the displays. This is the only place I've ever seen this arrangement and I as...
by dunalastairv
Wed May 06, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 2489

Re: Barrow crossings

Oh, Michael! I would have done so, trust me, but by the time I got there it had simply gone...

Best, Michael.
by dunalastairv
Tue May 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 2489

Re: Barrow crossings

The barrows in the first four pictures are the C. & O. ones. If you look in 'L.M.S. Lineside, Vol 2' there's a close up of one at Loch Awe, mouldering away in the grass. It was there until quite late - but it's not there now.

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gradient posts
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: Gradient posts

Looks pure Caledonian to me, made from a single piece of decent, thick wood - which is why they lasted so well. There's more pictures and an official drawing of one in Jim Summers' Operating, Part 2 new book. Your picture looks just like the ones in my own collection. By the way, the C. & O. had one...
by dunalastairv
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Robert Addie & Co Wagon Numbering
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Robert Addie & Co Wagon Numbering

Yes, they definitely are '7's - it was quite common in Victorian times to paint sevens in this 'fancy' way - for another example, see Brighton worksplates on the 'Terriers' for example, where the '7' is actually cast in this shape.

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Travelling Crane
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Travelling Crane

Isn't the base of the crane a converted tender chassis?
by dunalastairv
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Colour of CR Uniforms
Replies: 7
Views: 1347

Re: Colour of CR Uniforms

Good morning, Lindsay, One piece of definitive information I can give: I'm lucky enough to own a standard issue Caledonian cap, or 'bunnet', complete with 'C.R.' initials embroidered in with gold-coloured wire. Though faded, this was originally navy blue in colour, so it's a good bet the uniforms we...
by dunalastairv
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Staff Query
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Staff Query

That is another wonderful photograph but it does not follow the house behind our Flagman was a railway building, or even his home. The window in particular is very distinctive with its multitude of small panes, and doesn't seem at all railway prototypical, perhaps dating from an earlier age?...
by dunalastairv
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 37
Views: 5967

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Goodness - and I have enough trouble trying to restore parts of the real thing, let alone working to these modellers' tolerances! Beautiful job and I do look forward to seeing the completed structure.
by dunalastairv
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: The burning question
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

Re: The burning question

You're really going to hate me for this, but didn't John Menzies and W.H. Smith paint their bookstalls in their own house colours - often green in Smith's case - rather than them being done in the actual railway company's colours? It is my understanding that the booksellers were liable for the maint...
by dunalastairv
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Banking in the Caledonian c1900
Replies: 7
Views: 2497

Re: Banking in the Caledonian c1900

Just to add my tenpenny'orth: I think this film dates from 1912.

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Wagon Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

Re: Another Wagon Mark

I don't think that's paint: it's either service damage or a chalk message that's been erased or altered. If it were paint, it's too crude to be anything official.

Michael.