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by Graham R
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Any old iron
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Any old iron

Thanks Michael. The interesting thing is that the gold colour is under the orange primer, so I guess the latter was applied in service. I hadn’t thought about the back. In fact it is painted, not bare metal: it’s dark green with a fair amount of blue. DE2ED97F-B491-422A-BE22-D70C2699AA9A.jpeg regard...
by Graham R
Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Any old iron
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Any old iron

I have had an old cast-iron maker’s plate for a bridge or similar knocking about in dark corners of various sheds, garages etc. for the last 40 years or so, having originally obtained it in a swap (for an old radio!) with a gent in the Dundee area who specialised in the mysterious acquisition and di...
by Graham R
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Is this the original Dundee West?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Is this the original Dundee West?

In fact there's a further image of the building here which shows it more clearly, as well as the Dundee & Perth goods shed behind. There is a tantalising glimpse of a crane jib and what might be carriage roofs in the station.
by Graham R
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Is this the original Dundee West?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Is this the original Dundee West?

There is a second image on the Photopolis site here which is much lighter and maybe slightly clearer: Craig-Pier-DundeeCentralLibraries.png I don't think the building with the awning is part of the first Dundee West station, it is (correctly in my view) identified on the website as Craig House, wher...
by Graham R
Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: LNE Goods to Brechin
Replies: 1
Views: 284

Re: LNE Goods to Brechin

Hi Bob, That's great to have such conclusive evidence of the date for the end of LNE trains to Brechin. I was interested in your mention in the Kirrie topic of the large number of cattle shipped to Brechin from Ireland. I consulted an uncle who farmed in Strathmore from the 1950s until a few years a...
by Graham R
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another location conundrum
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Another location conundrum

I had a look with Streetview and realised you can see almost the same scene as the first archive photos, except that, as usual, the trees have grown: st-vigeans-streetview.jpg The railway passed just in front of the white crossing-keeper's house. Streetview can also take us to the other side of the ...
by Graham R
Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another location conundrum
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Another location conundrum

Hi Niall, I am not sure it is so much of a conundrum since both images are in your book on the Arbroath & Forfar :) But anyway ... I think the first image is taken from the edge of St Vigeans churchyard opposite the gates to the "new" cemetery (new in the late 19th century that is), wh...
by Graham R
Sun Aug 01, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Kirriemuir Branch Line
Replies: 27
Views: 21888

Re: Kirriemuir Branch Line

Bob, I chased up the reference I recalled regarding Brechin town council lobbying the N.B. to exercise running powers to serve the town. It was in the summary of the previous year's notable events published in the 1892 "Brechin Almanac and Directory" which is online here . Railways are men...
by Graham R
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Kirriemuir Branch Line
Replies: 27
Views: 21888

Re: Kirriemuir Branch Line

Hi Bob, Thanks for posting such conclusive research - the newspaper archive sounds like a great resource. The 1934 date I gave was from Wilfred Simms’ “The Railways of Brechin” published in the 1980s by Angus Libraries. Simms’ brother was a signalman at Bridge of Dun. I think your press references a...
by Graham R
Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.

Going back to the photo of the train with the Aberdeen headboard perversely spotted on the Up line at Dundee … there are a couple of things: wherever it has travelled from, it has not come far (the tender is full), and it has been prepared for this duty in a hurry (it sports Express Passenger discs ...
by Graham R
Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.

The down line siding beneath Carolina House orphanage was known as the “Prannie Pond” siding and was termed a ballast siding when opened in the 1890s. It lasted until the late 50s/early60s and I think was a dump site for spent ballast and possibly engine ashes. It was worked by a padlocked ground fr...
by Graham R
Tue Jul 13, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?

Silly me … I should of course have also looked in “Signalling the Caledonian Railway” (probably my wife had hidden my copy) which has an extensive explanation of the various patterns of machine on p38 et seq. It makes it clear that the Caley No. 3 macihine was mainly a Tyer’s No.7 instrument, with a...
by Graham R
Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: What is a "Screw Pattern Tablet Instrument"?

Hi Michael, The General Instructions part of the Appendix to the working timetable defines three types of electric train tablet instrument in the “Regulations for Train Signalling on Single Lines of Railway Worked on the Electric Train Tablet Block System”: the No. 1 or Cylinder type, No. 2 or Screw...
by Graham R
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Kirriemuir Branch Line
Replies: 27
Views: 21888

Re: Kirriemuir Branch Line

Hi John, I've never seen anything as conclusive as a photo of an NB loco between Arbroath, Forfar and Kirrie, but a study of the Caley working timetable for September 1916 and the D&A Joint WTT for October 1910 leads me to think that the N.B. did indeed provide its own motive power and, as you s...
by Graham R
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Carmyllie Railway Additional Powers Act
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Carmyllie Railway Additional Powers Act

That's all very interesting Niall and certainly whets the appetite for your forthcoming book! Do you think the plan is really an intention to provide a single junction, or is it simply showing the centreline of the land corridor for which powers were being sought? I think these powers usually set ou...
by Graham R
Thu May 13, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Basket on turntable
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: Basket on turntable

Could it simply be a “litter bin” to provide a convenient place to gather lumps of coal which fell off full tenders onto the ‘table deck when engines halted (trip hazards in the dark are nothing new) or into the well? If every loco being turned lost a lump or two, it would soon get mucky and would n...
by Graham R
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 31
Views: 3622

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

Maybe the confusion in the photo caption arose from the porter at Guthrie, if that is indeed the location, bawling “change for Arbroath” once the train was stationary (assuming it had come from further north). I doubt if the photographer used a twin-lens reflex though, they came along 20 years later...
by Graham R
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stannergate Station
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Re: Stannergate Station

Hi Niall, Your photo is from the City Engineer's collection I think. There is another one from the same source showing the Down building from the other end: Stannergate-station-2.png As far as I recall there is a nice set of drawings of the station buildings in the NRS (the plan number is RHP27552) ...
by Graham R
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A station to identify
Replies: 12
Views: 1988

Re: A station to identify

It certainly seems plausible from the NLS 1910 map , and the Up platform surface at the south end seen in this GH Robin photo also looks like it matches. I did wonder if it was likely that a coach would have been stored in the headshunt of Law Colliery sidings, but the map marks the pit as “disused”...
by Graham R
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Dundee (East) Station Facade
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Re: Dundee (East) Station Facade

I consulted a friend who was a schoolboy in Dundee in 1939. He told me he was evacuated to Kirriemuir in 1939 to stay with relatives, and when he returned to Dundee in 1942, the East station frontage had been altered. His opinion is that it was done at the start of the war because of the danger of b...
by Graham R
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Dundee (East) Station Facade
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Re: Dundee (East) Station Facade

Hi Niall, I do not have a date I'm afraid, but judging by the aerial photos on britainfromabove.org.uk, it must have been rebuilt between 1938 (neg SPW060075) and 1948 (neg SAW019530). I have an indistinct view from 1943 culled from the Internet somewhere, which is attached, but as luck would have i...
by Graham R
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Dundee CIW wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Re: Dundee CIW wagons

Just for completeness, here is another shot of one of these wagons at the gasworks, at the end of a short rake of Dundee Gas Commission wagons behind one of the pair of standard gauge Barclay 0-4-0STs which the gasworks owned. The Dundee Gas Commission (rather than Dundee Corporation Gas Dept) liver...
by Graham R
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Dundee CIW wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Re: Dundee CIW wagons

Hi Ed, Dundee Museums has a couple of nice shots of these wagons in traffic in the Dundee City Engineer's collection. The location would appear to be at the bufferstops of the sidings at the back of the gassie, where Peep O'Day Lane joined Blackscroft. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dundeecityarchive...
by Graham R
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Building Ideas Requested
Replies: 11
Views: 2210

Re: Building Ideas Requested

Have you had a look at the photos in the Scottish Line Societies archive, which you can access as a CRA member? There is a nice shot of Kirrie goods shed (CRA18785) which is a wooden execution of the Forfar goods shed design, minus the end office extension and with a shorter middle section. Or if yo...
by Graham R
Mon May 04, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Scottish central shed in Perth.
Replies: 6
Views: 2545

Re: Scottish central shed in Perth.

Hi Tony, if you have access to the Scottish Line Societies photo archive, there is a very nice shot of Perth shed in Caley days by GF Burtt catalogued as FSLS entry number NRM9988. Another less extensive view is in NRM9574. If you don't have a login, CRA webmaster Sinclair Coghill can help. regards ...