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by dunalastairv
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Height of Letters on Running-In Boards
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Height of Letters on Running-In Boards

The cast-iron letters from DUROR, which were sold a few years back, were stated as being 12" high - sadly I was outbid on them, so I can't confirm this. The white enamel letters on my blue LUNCARTY plate are 12" high, and I'd guess this is the normal height - as it was also on lines like t...
by dunalastairv
Wed Nov 10, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Southern Division Signalbox - layout
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Southern Division Signalbox - layout

Quintinshill was like this and the signalman did have to go behind the frame to stoke the fire or put a kettle on. Handy though for the P. Way et al, who could sit by the fire without being in the Bobby's way as he operated the frame...
by dunalastairv
Sun Oct 31, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Trader's Wagon Registration
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Trader's Wagon Registration

Hello Jim, I think I ought to answer this: without wishing to brag, I now have 15 Caley registration plates, including an identical example to that illustrated at the start of this thread. The common feature of them all is how different the styles are, with variations in the hole locations, letterin...
by dunalastairv
Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Trader's Wagon Registration
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Trader's Wagon Registration

I saw this as soon as it came up on E-bay and, were it genuine, £60 would be a fair price. However, I'm convinced it's a modern copy of an original and thus to be avoided. There wasn't a speck of paint or rust on front or back, and it just didn't look right. You have to be very careful in the wild w...
by dunalastairv
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Reuse of old signal arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Reuse of old signal arms?

I'm afraid there's a problem with that theory - the two types of spectacle were not interchangeable as the fixings were different. That doesn't matter as far as the pivot spindles are concerned but it does if you want to change the spectacle castings. I could, however, believe that the local Signal ...
by dunalastairv
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Reuse of old signal arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Reuse of old signal arms?

I'm lucky enough to own examples of both the 'teardrop' design and the later Caley standard pattern: both have spindles of pretty well the same diameter - about 1 3/16" - so it would be perfectly possible to substitute one type for the other without changing the spindle casting. There's also no...
by dunalastairv
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Any old iron
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Any old iron

The back is very interesting. I assume that's the original paint and hasn't been altered since the plate was taken off. There's no rust or weathering at all which I think rules out an exposed location like a footbridge. The back is so clean that I suspect this is from some sort of structural steelwo...
by dunalastairv
Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Any old iron
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Any old iron

Good morning, Graham, 'Old Iron' is a subject which has occupied me for most of my long life, so I was very interested to read about your plate. I think it most likely to be from a footbridge but it could also be from an ordinary bridge, or structure such as a water tank. A picture of the back would...
by dunalastairv
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And where might this be?
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: And where might this be?

The wood might not be a problem: I assume the map is pre-WWI, while the picture is in LMS days, stated as 1929 or 30. Those woods could have been removed as part of the War effort - a common enough occurrence.
by dunalastairv
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And where might this be?
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: And where might this be?

Scotch derrick it certainly is - thank you!
by dunalastairv
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And where might this be?
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: And where might this be?

Well, I can state quite categorically that this isn't Strathord: the layout and buildings are nothing like those seen in other photographs - Railscot for example - and Strathord also didn't have a tripod crane, which is what I presume is visible, lower right. However, where it is I don't know - it h...
by dunalastairv
Tue Aug 24, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Traders wagons registration plates
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Traders wagons registration plates

Mike, that's truly fascinating - it was on a tank wagon, so now I know why it was painted red! When I've fetched out the collection I'll contact you with the other numbers if I may, though this won't be till next year. Alternatively, are you planning to publish the full list on the CRA archive? Many...
by dunalastairv
Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Traders wagons registration plates
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Traders wagons registration plates

Well, it certainly does interest Michael Dunn! I've had the 40-ton plate since 1970 and this is the first and only confirmation of its origin, which has always intrigued me. I've 14 registration plates in total now Mike, all slightly different, but they're mainly in store while we have building work...
by dunalastairv
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.
Replies: 6
Views: 538

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: 538

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: 538

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: 461

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: 373

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: 1350

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: 751

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: 485

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: 638

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: 876

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: 1554

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: 1554

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.