Search found 565 matches

by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: The burning question
Replies: 24
Views: 772

Re: The burning question

No need to apologise, Mike.
This is a great forum for fascinating angles. Sometimes we don't change the headings enough, but so what? It is all interesting.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

May you get a chance to get on with the body over Christmas, Alan.
That chassis looks really good with the chunky effect which I well remember on those. The effort with the rivets was well worthwhile.

Season's greetings,

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Looking worth all the effort, Paul.

Good wishes for the season and the year to come,

Jim
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Just to re-assure Allan and anyone else that a) I was listening, and b) that list has been in our official lists for some time. The identifications, incidentally, were by the late Richard Chown, a very experienced BR civil engineer with amazing knowledge of locations on railways in Scotland and fart...
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Caledonian Railway Linemans House, Harthope

I am impressed too. Unfortunately I cannot help with a description of the lineside houses. The Directors seem to have referred to them as 'dwelling houses' or 'accommodation'. An expression such as 'lineman's house' implies a signal and telegraph lineman, and such staff would be the least likely to ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Wagon Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Another Wagon Mark

I confess I had not noticed this mark before and do not really know what it means. But I would suggest one or two things. It might be by a wagon examiner. He would have labels for wagons needing repair or being stopped, but the chalk mark, e.g a bad brake, or that the fault had been rectified and ap...
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 4232

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

And the book is intended to be launched at the Glasgow Show 2020 - scarily close.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 4232

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

A quick answer to Douglas's points to me:

I certainly hope the 'out-takes' will be made available to members, most likely through TTL.

Funnily enough, I find I am giving a talk in Biggar soon, which a certain J. Watt has had something to do with!

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 4232

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

Douglas, Looking again at the material I have been accumulating, I had forgotten that the make-up of four trains, showing the CR and the traders' wagons by name, is included in Arnold Tortorella's article "Appendix to Mineral Train Control" in "The Caledonian Journal" of August 1986. That should be ...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Alan, I built one years ago and, like you, decided on split axles. All went well till I glued up the some of the gears inadvertently and had to dismantle everything. The split frame arrangement didn't survive that. It was still built, and is one of my favourites. I look forward to seeing more of you...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 4232

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

Since my name has come up, Volume Two of "Operating the Caledonian Railway" was intended to have a decent section on mineral traffic. The text for Volume Two is about to go to the publisher and it has had to be brought down to a sensible size. As a result the section on mineral traffic is smaller th...
by Jim Summers
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Ferryhill, modification to CR water column
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: Ferryhill, modification to CR water column

Impressive, Mike, and shows what 3D can achieve.
Richard Chown would have been delighted.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Scuds
Replies: 10
Views: 4663

Re: Scuds

As it happens, Mike, the Caledonian did have Flying Squads, and not on the ticket fraud side.
All will be explained (I hope) in Volume Two of 'Operating the Caledonian Railway'.

Must remember to put Flying Squad in the index.


JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 498 Class help
Replies: 6
Views: 2290

Re: 498 Class help

Alan, I am not sure why that reference is not opening up, but will check with our industrious webmaster. However, below is the list for the 498 class. Lovely wee engines, well actually rather big wee engines. JimS Class: 0-6-0T, Class 498 Archive No. Title/Description/Notes Drawing No Date Link 42/1...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Stock in service in August
Replies: 0
Views: 703

Caledonian Stock in service in August

Members may care to note this message below, just released from the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, andto support the event, of course. JimS Join us at B&KR on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August for our Summer Steam Up; a NEW event for 2019! Star of the event, our 'Caley Special' features Caledonian Rail...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 5737

Re: Caledonian Blue

I have nothing to contribute in this matter, but would like to thank David for sharing his researches. They do cast an interesting light on the role of the well-connected, informed enthusiast in the environment of those times. Public relations was not a term in those days, but clearly played a part....
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 5737

Re: Caledonian Blue

That all sounds much more plausible, Allan.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 5737

Re: Caledonian Blue

That all sounds much more plausible, Allan.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 5737

Re: Caledonian Blue

i have found that fascinating, David, mainly because of this idea of a design consultant being involved. I cannot contribute any research on the matter in hand, but I have always wondered to what extent the old-time engineers really had an eye for aesthetics. Or not. Was there really someone else wh...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriage communication cord
Replies: 17
Views: 6417

Re: Carriage communication cord

And in addition to the carriages book, if I can just mention the sad death of Driver Fenwick in the Operations book, that refers to the locomotive end of things.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriage Lamps
Replies: 1
Views: 1160

Re: Carriage Lamps

I haven't come across such a trolley on the Caley, but logically there must surely have been. There is little doubt that the process involved a ground man throwing lamps up.
JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Scuds
Replies: 10
Views: 4663

Re: Scuds

Thanks, David.
Clearly Scuds were a well-established concept which we have overlooked.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 124 Wagons
Replies: 16
Views: 8842

Re: Diagram 124 Wagons

Lovely work in all respects, Alan. The Ambis chain does the job beautifully. Oddly enough I was admiring their whole range of chain at Scalefour North this year and thinking what wonderful pieces of work they were and how lucky we are to have such products. You thank us for looking, but thank you fo...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Scuds
Replies: 10
Views: 4663

Re: Scuds

Thanks, David, and everyone. I was basing my inquiry on the 1904 Mineral TT and hadn't picked them up in the WTT, as David has, but they seem similar things. My feeling is that they were quick, no-messing trips run conditionally, and perhaps as add-ons for crews who had finished early or were spare....
by Jim Summers
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Scuds
Replies: 10
Views: 4663

Scuds

I have come across the expression 'scuds' used in the Caley's Mineral Timetable of 1918, though not in earlier editions. The term is known to me in the context of US railways, but I have only a dim recollection of hearing it in terms of the Caley. Can anyone explain its meaning, please? I have some ...