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by dunalastairv
Mon May 10, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment

My final tenpen'orth: the pole route doesn't seem to imply a main line - not many cross arms. How about the loch at Glenbuck, on the Muirkirk line, with the vantage point the A70?

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Mon May 10, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment

I thought of Carsebreck immediately too but I don't think it will fit - looking in detail at the O.S. map, the Allan Water would have to be between the loch and the railway and I don't think it is, and the viewpoint appears to be from an adjacent road, which also won't work for this location. Michael.
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 27
Views: 934

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

There is one other small detail in that picture, which might confirm Guthrie: the platform lamp shown is a drop-in type, with a wooden post and a wrought-iron frame, into which the lamp case itself sits. This was the normal arrangement on the Highland but less common on the Caley, which is why I fir...
by dunalastairv
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 27
Views: 934

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

I think the two enamel advertising signs read "Pears" as in soap, and "Epp's Cocoa". Both were common on railways around 1900.
by dunalastairv
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 27
Views: 934

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

I think the regulations were that if you only put a halfpenny stamp on, you couldn't write in the message section, but only on the picture side. As I recall, to write as shown on this example, you needed to pay 1d. Amazing isn't it?!
by dunalastairv
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 27
Views: 934

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

Looks very Highland to me - stock, platform lamp and luggage cart.
by dunalastairv
Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Vacuum Gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Vacuum Gauge

I wish! Sorry I can't help...
by dunalastairv
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another Unidentified Location
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: Another Unidentified Location

So is that Gretna, Border Union Junction Box in the background, (closed October 10th. 1915 when the new Gretna Junction Box opened)?
by dunalastairv
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 753

Re: Where is Auchenvale

This is a fascinating piece of detective work but the latest developments turn up one other interesting point: the 1855 coloured map actually states the mileages written on the railway mile post - two entries; one for Greenock, the other for Glasgow. These correspond exactly with the unique type of ...
by dunalastairv
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Where is Auchenvale
Replies: 11
Views: 753

Re: Where is Auchenvale

I've been looking at this too, out of interest, and the University of Aberdeen, Emigration Database, gives details of an individual leaving Auchenvale, Port Glasgow, to travel abroad. Furthermore, Major Ronald Macdonald, in a separate entry, has his address given as Auchenvale House, Port Glasgow. I...
by dunalastairv
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Unidentified Locomotive
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Another Unidentified Locomotive

I've seen this picture somewhere before, though I simply can't remember where. I'm pretty certain the location was given as Dalry Road and the background looks right for that.
by dunalastairv
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: ... and another station to identify!
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: ... and another station to identify!

Very well done, John - I think you're right - even the curve of the platform corresponds and you will recall that you also identified another picture in the set as being Perth, Princes Street. The only thing I can't quite square up is the telegraph pole viewed in my picture but perhaps it was in the...
by dunalastairv
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: ... and another station to identify!
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: ... and another station to identify!

I'm very grateful to John for sorting out this posting - and all his research. He also identified the poster for me. The only thing I should add is that the telegraph pole, just visible out at the back, has a large number of cross arms on it, which rules out any sleepy branch lines. I reckon this is...
by dunalastairv
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Loco identification
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Loco identification

I believe the white material was called 'fustian' and I thought it was only used by engine crew - but I might be wrong on both counts. This being a very early picture, it's likely the location might include both engine shed and goods shed in close proximity and it's also highly likely the track arra...
by dunalastairv
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 1718

Re: Unidentified Loco

By the look of it, these two wagons with their wrecked engines are coupled together here at St. Rollox, which means the two photographs were taken at the same time. Now that must have been an interesting train to work back from Coupar Angus!
by dunalastairv
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 1718

Re: Unidentified Loco

I agree that it must have suffered a boiler explosion, which was relatively unusual by the 1890s. Consequently I would have thought there must be an accident report or similar somewhere in the archives which gives details. That said, I'm not sure where you'd start such a search, especially with the ...
by dunalastairv
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 1013

Re: White Van

Being at St. Rollox, and having no discernible lettering, might this just be a van under repair in primer or undercoat?
by dunalastairv
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Day excursion Carlisle to Dumfries and back
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Day excursion Carlisle to Dumfries and back

I think you'll find this is a Caledonian standard ticket with just the heading altered to L.M. & S.R. Consequently it prescribes the route the Caley would have demanded before 1923, avoiding any competitors.
by dunalastairv
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 11994

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Now you'll need a fine GPO telegraph pole, stout variety, with the older and longer four pin cross arms, insulators and associated 'J' brackets!
by dunalastairv
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Re: Another mystery

This is off subject and possibly irrelevant but I have what I believe to be an original 1848, S.C.R. lamp post which has "Bridge of Allan Stn." cast on the cross-bar in serif, capital letters. It tapers down to a square base which has "Shotts" cast into it front and back, these no doubt being the ir...
by dunalastairv
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Re: Another mystery

Same extraordinary finial on the station building as at Neilston, page 255 of Jim Summers' signalling book.
by dunalastairv
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: A pleasant scene
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: A pleasant scene

I have a copy of that picture too. Mine has 'Biggar ?' written on the back, but I'm not sure if that helps!
by dunalastairv
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: LMS Furniture
Replies: 3
Views: 627

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: 3936

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.