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by Bill_Gensheet
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Killin magazine article
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Killin magazine article

Found, as always looking for something else, was this 2015 edition of the Killin area local magazine with 3 pages about the railway to mark 50 years from closure. A few hazy memory errors, but worth a read. https://killinnews.co.uk/issues/issue148.pdf The rebuilt Junction station cottage is now quit...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Ballachulish line gradients
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: Ballachulish line gradients

Thanks, personal email address supplied as a PM. One part of the closure story that I had not realised until recently was that the section through Appin station & past Castle Stalker was proposed for conversion to road, at the same time as the section northwards was, and was completed. This was to t...
by Bill_Gensheet
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Ballachulish line gradients
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Ballachulish line gradients

I have drawn a blank on finding the gradenit diagram for the Ballachulish branch, apart from a few comments of 'there weren't many', which is fair enough for large parts of the branch. However there were clearly some such as north of Connel bridge as well as around Creagan, Duror and Ballachulish Fe...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Another "where is this" query
Replies: 15
Views: 4168

Re: Another "where is this" query

Thanks everyone. I am happy with your suggestions of Crieff Junction before the branch connection was made with a double junction, and indeed the point rodding for the trailing crossover under the bridge can be seen in the photo. (But there are no rods for the facing point locks and, if dated to la...
by Bill_Gensheet
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Another "where is this" query
Replies: 15
Views: 4168

Re: Another "where is this" query

How about Crieff Jn (now Gleneagles)

A possibly matching shot from this year with the high ridge seen beyond the overbridge

Main lines at Crieff Jn were more like the Gleneagles branch platform alignment, the 'new' main lines being moved slightly south making for a tighter curve

Bill
by Bill_Gensheet
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

I have a print-out of a thread on The Signal Box forum (which seems now to be defunct) from 2009 under the title "Killin branch", which amongst other interesting matters discusses how passenger trains overtook freights on the C&O. Apparently unlike the West Highland, on the C&O freights were 'loope...
by Bill_Gensheet
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

Going through the rest of the Oban-line site, it records switching out facilities being added to all the simple crossings (St Brides, Glenorchy, Awe Crossing and Glencruitten) in the winter of 1921-22.

Bill
by Bill_Gensheet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

You would need a junction signal if you were to have a choice of running main or loop, eg as Bridge of Orchy or Aviemore had. A pure switch out would not require an extra signal, for example St Brides : http://www.oban-line.info/sb1/sb1.html This image after closure still shows the up home as a sing...
by Bill_Gensheet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

In the image below the train appears to be running wrong line on the down loop as a second track is visible in foreground. The visible track would surely be the up loop as there was no headshunt here, and point rodding is visible heading off left for the loop points. http://www.robertdarlaston.co.uk...
by Bill_Gensheet
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Crieff signalling alterations
Replies: 4
Views: 2299

Re: Crieff signalling alterations

Hi Robert, Many thanks, PM sent. That looks to be a very comprehensive set of shunting moves that were fully signaled. The 1893 arrangement was, by contrast, very short of those. I do wonder how often the 1893 distants were actually used in their service life, and why anyone would have set up a dist...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Crieff signalling alterations
Replies: 4
Views: 2299

Re: Crieff signalling alterations

A further change from 1893: Sig 36 acquired a bracket for the Madderty/Perth line 1964 image https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/45284367161/in/album-72157671808163277/ It is also probably present in the 1948 image. Also only one disc to exit the yard - there was one for each route (Madder...
by Bill_Gensheet
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Crieff signalling alterations
Replies: 4
Views: 2299

Crieff signalling alterations

I have been wandering about looking for some 'after' photos of the remains around Crieff to compare to the published ones, and noted the following regarding changes to signalling at Crieff over the years when checking back to published images. Is there a more recent diagram available for Crieff than...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway staff cottages, Harthope
Replies: 38
Views: 21160

Re: Caledonian Railway staff cottages, Harthope

Its puzzled me somewhat as to why these were demolished c1965/6. No doubt because improvements and automation of track maintenance, less staff would be required but why not sell off the properties instead of demolishing them? Clearance for road widening perhaps ? Would the cottages would fit back t...
by Bill_Gensheet
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Strathearn School Trains
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Re: Strathearn School Trains

I should have noted, the date was a Monday.

A special might explain the 'full' noted, as I wonder how likely it is that even a single coach would be full with just schoolchildren for Madderty and east thereof.
Even today a 20 seater bus serves the south road (ie not A85 side).

Bill
by Bill_Gensheet
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Strathearn School Trains
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Strathearn School Trains

The Strathearn book, and TL magazine (no.45 page 14-5, or page 873-4 of the pdf CD) contains a report from May 1949 of the 4.17 Perth - Crieff crossing at Madderty (4.43) an unadvertised school train coming from Crieff, so I'd guess at around 4.20 departure. However the available public timetables (...
by Bill_Gensheet
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalling at Doune
Replies: 11
Views: 9040

Re: Signalling at Doune

Below the 1900 OS map extract, when East box was on the down (south) side of the line.

Not obvious if there was an up platform at all, or how you'd get to it. More like goods / animal handling

regards
Bill
by Bill_Gensheet
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalling at Doune
Replies: 11
Views: 9040

Re: Signalling at Doune

Was the original station at Doune just one platform with a non-platform loop ? If so, might this bidirectionality explain some levers needed for slots and facing point locks ? I got up to about 20. 1864 https://maps.nls.uk/view/74960863 Designer liked 3-way points ! Assume 'open frames' not signalbo...
by Bill_Gensheet
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalling at Doune
Replies: 11
Views: 9040

Re: Signalling at Doune

This image, a processed version of the one from TTL archive page1698 (near the back of issue 67) might show Doune East, on the right just before what is Moray St bridge. Some evidence in among the jpg artifacts of a door and roof. This is worth a look on Google maps streetview https://goo.gl/maps/Yo...
by Bill_Gensheet
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalling at Doune
Replies: 11
Views: 9040

Re: Signalling at Doune

Thanks for the replies, and for the map Robert. From the distances involved, would 4 and 5 have been the former Doune East signals simply connected up to West box ? Further maps would indeed be of interest as I would prefer to have the double track setup for the simulation, I have two trains passing...
by Bill_Gensheet
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalling at Doune
Replies: 11
Views: 9040

Signalling at Doune

Has anyone got any signalling information for Doune ? Seems a bit of an information void compared to the rest of the line. Obviously changed around a lot with the single - double - single for the line from Dunblane. So far I have got: 1900 OS map - original single line, East box present. Shows signa...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Yellow drop flap signals
Replies: 19
Views: 16459

Re: Yellow drop flap signals

Thanks for the welcome Jim. Some may have come across me from Gensheet (UK service train diversions, rare track workings) or the Scot-Rail email group. I am mostly down in Essex, but also up in Perthshire a fair bit. My Killin Jn visit in 2007, since everyone has to go there once.... http://www.gens...
by Bill_Gensheet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Yellow drop flap signals
Replies: 19
Views: 16459

Re: Yellow drop flap signals

John, My thoughts are that the dropflap controlled entrance from the yard to the single line. What you are thinking is a headshunt is probably not, but is simply the trapping arrangement to protect anything escaping on to the single line inadvertently. I have also been looking at Tyndrum, and belie...