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by Jim Summers
Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gauntletted track
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Gauntletted track

Thanks, Robert.

I imagine a number of us will be pleased to see that diagram. It was new to me at least.
It certainly looks an easier arrangement, but maybe was an LMS alteration, from the diagram date.
Always more to learn . . . .

Jim
by Jim Summers
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gauntletted track
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Gauntletted track

Yes, Neil, it was a single line on a narrow formation. The runback catchpoints would be hazardous if approached in a facing direction. So one side of the loop had them and one not. You are not the first person to be puzzled, as the attached photo from an old Model Railway Constructor shows. Also att...
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gauntletted track
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Gauntletted track

During yesterday's grand tour of the lines south of Hamilton on our webinar, a question arose from Neil about interlaced, or gauntletted, track. I regret that my explanation was not very lucid, but perhaps this photo will help. It shows the Caley's Braidhurst Viaduct being heavily repaired in the ea...
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 04, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Pug Tender
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Pug Tender

For what it is worth, the attached photo shows a model I made very, very many years ago from that kit. I recall having to fudge a lot, and was not convinced in the end by the tender. But as I say, it was a long time ago, and does, I suppose, prove that a working model to P4 standards of gauge if not...
by Jim Summers
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Wemyss Bay and its story
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Wemyss Bay and its story

A friend of mine, Greg Beecroft recently gave a talk on Wemyss Bay station to Inverclyde Heritage Network. They recorded this and it can be found on their website at https://www.inverclydeheritage.network/heritage-talks and it will interest many of us. Greg points out that this was aimed at a genera...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Historic documents and postcards found during Stirling station renovation work
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Historic documents and postcards found during Stirling station renovation work

No need for apologies, Ian!
This is all part of the fascination of the old Caledonian, of the way it did things, and of its role in history.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Station classification
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Station classification

John, We have recently acquired for the archives a document "Classification of Certain Stations and Salaries of Stationmasters and Agents", but it is from 1912 and has a few omissions. However Jessie is thinking of the BR period, when there was more formal hierarchy, with stations allocate...
by Jim Summers
Thu Nov 04, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: CRA Webinar 6th November 2021 - Blairgowrie
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: CRA Webinar 6th November 2021 - Blairgowrie

Yes, these are recorded, Jim.
Tony tells me this evening that the emphasis will be on the real line and its life and times, rather than the modelling. It'll be instructive on how really to set about research and the ramifications.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Wed Nov 03, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: CRA Webinar 6th November 2021 - Blairgowrie
Replies: 6
Views: 468

CRA Webinar 6th November 2021 - Blairgowrie

For those who have admired Tony Brenchley's articles on Blairgowrie and modelling generally over the years, the webinar on Saturday at 1400 is not to be missed. Non members are welcome, but of course we hope you will ultimately wish to join our Association. The link is in "The True Line" b...
by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Correct Carriage Colours
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Correct Carriage Colours

An interesting project, especially as the Grangemouth Scouts in my youth used two rows of old Caledonian carriages, with a roof between them, as their Scout Hall. The compartments remained and were used, though not as sleeping berths. As to colours, there is plenty written about that, but I suggest ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Beattock Station
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Beattock Station

Roger, "Modellers BackTrack" Vo. 3 No. 2 carried a six-page article by Alan Kirk. If you are not familiar with Alan's work, his articles contain photos and detailed dimensioned drawings, including plan views. This article gives drawings of the station building, stationmaster's house, the c...
by Jim Summers
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Arbroath Station image
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: Arbroath Station image

Niall, This is a Lens of Sutton picture which we have in the CRA collection. You can find it on the FSLS website as entry CRA20774. We will have a higher-res version. The Lens folk have allowed us to hold all their Caledonian pictures in our collection, but reproduction has some restrictions. We can...
by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: CR419 this weekend
Replies: 0
Views: 193

CR419 this weekend

Folk in the area might like to note that the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Bo'ness have confirmed that CR419 will be in charge of the steam services at Boness & Kinneil Railway on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October 2021. Do share this info with your friends and family. Pre-booking...
by Jim Summers
Sat Oct 02, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Football Specials
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Football Specials

Tom is quite right, and I would only add that the railway companies, Caley included, had a number of passenger canvassers, who would certainly deal with the guaranteed excursions (GAREX in the trade), and would be in touch with football supporters' clubs, welfare clubs and the like. They were experi...
by Jim Summers
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Reuse of old signal arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Reuse of old signal arms?

John, The one on the right is the Stevens teardrop design, which David Stirling opines ceased to be used around 1905, when the Caley started producing their own arms. I have a note (reproduced on p100 of Signalling the Caledonian Railway ) which says that rare examples of the older style could be se...
by Jim Summers
Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 4mm Diagram 6 Brake Vans
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: 4mm Diagram 6 Brake Vans

Now there's atmosphere for you. Very effective, Dave.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sun Sep 05, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: James Harkins - accident 7/12/1882
Replies: 2
Views: 325

James Harkins - accident 7/12/1882

As Archivist, I have been approached by Peter Raeburn in Queensland, Australia to see if we can help with finding out more about James Harkins, who was killed in a shunting accident at 5am on December 7, 1882 at the south end of the General Railway Station in Perth. As reported in the Dundee Evening...
by Jim Summers
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And where might this be?
Replies: 12
Views: 751

And where might this be?

I attach a picture by Jim Stevenson, said to be of a train at Strathord, but doubts have been raised.
Can anyone substantiate or disprove Strathord and in that case offer an alternative, please?

JimS
Allegedly - Strathord - 15209 on a Bankfoot branch train - probably 1930 or 1931 - JL Stevenson.jpg
Allegedly - Strathord - 15209 on a Bankfoot branch train - probably 1930 or 1931 - JL Stevenson.jpg (67.63 KiB) Viewed 751 times
by Jim Summers
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Pug Tender
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Pug Tender

That all seems very successful to me, Alan. Very nice,

JimS
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Diagram 59 wagon query
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Diagram 59 wagon query

These two photos may prove the matter. I took them today in the SRPS Museum at Bo'ness.

Jim S
End door Caley at SRPS .jpg
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End door NBR at SRPS .jpg
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by Jim Summers
Tue Aug 10, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 92
Views: 19447

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Thanks, Jim.

I guess a lot of us are indebted to you for that distilled wisdom. Certainly I feel a lot wiser, even if not quite ready to plunge in.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.
Replies: 6
Views: 547

Re: Caledonian Lamp / glass holder.

Here is the photo of the flag pole holder which Michael had some difficult uploading. It must have been for a very big flag!

Is it not wonderful the variety of things which the study of our railways leads us into?

JimS
Flag pole holder .jpg
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by Jim Summers
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another Unidentified D&A Location
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Another Unidentified D&A Location

Is the number on the engine related to its origins as a WD? The railway companies were rather forced to take them and the different pre-nationalisation companies had different approaches. This one could have come to BR via the LNER or the LMS. I would need to do a bit more research, but the answer c...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Perth General Station
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Perth General Station

Two grand photos these, John.
One fairly shows how objectionably the walls of stations were festooned with adverts, justifying complaints about information overload and confusion.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Water Crane
Replies: 12
Views: 1793

Re: Water Crane

Impressive, Mike.
The achievements of some skilled people with 3D printing continue to leave me open-mouthed.

JimS