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by dunalastairv
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.

People will think I can't leave this subject alone but I don't believe the flag pole - if that's what it was - would be as huge as might first be thought. The diameter of the bottom hole of this casting looks to be only an inch and a half or so - fine for a flag pole - but the upper part is in effec...
by dunalastairv
Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.

Tony has very kindly sent me illustrations of this item, which is the shape of a large coffee cup holder with a back bracket containing holes for three large countersunk woodscrews, and is a single iron casting made with much skill. The letters 'C R' are cast in as an integral part of the whole, and...
by dunalastairv
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.

Good morning, I specialise in collecting Caledonian Railway equipment and from your description, this sounds like a carriage lamp holder, BUT that's only a guess and without being able to view a picture of it I cannot be more accurate. I understand the difficulty of uploading images onto the Forum -...
by dunalastairv
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where is it?
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Where is it?

Moffat. I have the same picture in my collection.
by dunalastairv
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?
Replies: 2
Views: 141

What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?

I recently purchased a set of three C.R. Traffic Department Circulars, which keep appearing on E-bay. Fascinating reading but the one dated Week Ending 27th. November 1908 contains this paragraph:- "Blairgowrie Branch - Tablet Working - Fouling Single Lines for Shunting Purposes. After substitu...
by dunalastairv
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven
Replies: 11
Views: 418

Re: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven

Just putting in my tenpen'orth again, I believe in the pre-war days, and for long after, antimacassars were very regularly removed and laundered, and that probably accounts for the inconsistencies in the illustrations. The reason for this washing is obvious - in those days, people did not shower and...
by dunalastairv
Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Glasgow City Archives
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Glasgow City Archives

Thank you for the plug about the mystery location but I thought it worth describing my experience of the Glasgow Archives and these pictures, for readers of the Forum. I too have been entranced by some of the images and would like to use one or two in my forthcoming book - very forthcoming at the pr...
by dunalastairv
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Not to be run on the Caledonian Rly
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: Not to be run on the Caledonian Rly

Looking at the illustration, I really can't see it being a loading gauge problem - when empty it's just a flat, featureless wagon frame on two pairs of wheels. I would suggest its light weight when empty was more of a problem...
by dunalastairv
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified location
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: Unidentified location

I'm sure Beattock is correct but I don't think it's moving - there is a blurred outline of the driver, with oil can, above the centre driving wheel. I know oiling was done on the move but this angle would be so dangerous I really can't think that is the case here.
by dunalastairv
Tue May 18, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Allocation of Brake Vans
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Allocation of Brake Vans

Just to add another strand to this, can I draw readers' attention to the photograph on page 205 of Jim Summers' Operating book, part II? Here, poor old 4-wheel brake van no. 8 has come to grief, and it is not only lettered "Dundee West Goods" but also with the Guard's name - "T. Sheph...
by dunalastairv
Mon May 10, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment
Replies: 13
Views: 888

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: 13
Views: 888

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: 31
Views: 2199

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: 31
Views: 2199

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: 31
Views: 2199

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: 31
Views: 2199

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: 444

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: 647

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: 1167

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: 1167

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: 870

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: 808

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: 808

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: 629

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...