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by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 171 Class photos sought
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: 171 Class photos sought

I've been through the CRA archives, Niall, and the Forum of Scottish Line Societies site, but without success.
JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 21, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: A Caledonian train to enjoy
Replies: 0
Views: 77

A Caledonian train to enjoy

An episode of Great Coastal Railway Journeys due to be transmitted on Tuesday 25th January 2022 on BBC2 at 6.30pm features Michael Portillo, CR419 and the Caley coaches on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Some good shots of the cab and firing, with some rather nice aerial views of Caledonian Train...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Polmadie
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Polmadie

Actually, the drawings were also 7mm, like the model.
I have the article and drawings, which include a photo by Brian Monaghan, and will be in touch with Loch Awe.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 31, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 812 Class from Rails of Sheffield.
Replies: 23
Views: 1239

Re: 812 Class from Rails of Sheffield.

That double-header and train is quite a sight, Ross.
A nice ending to the year that's nearly awa'

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 31, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Adventures in 3D printing
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Adventures in 3D printing

Impressive, Ross.
And what are your New Year Resolutions?

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 26, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Balerno Branch on Railscot website
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Balerno Branch on Railscot website

The valuable Railscot website is releasing a series of pictures of the Balerno branch over the three days from Christmas Day.

Try https://www.railscot.co.uk/latest/2021/12/25/

Greetings for the remainder of the season,

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Harthope Viaduct
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Harthope Viaduct

Thanks for your latest update, Paul. It made me look back to your earlier message mentioning how you would tackle the viaduct and its lattice work. I attach some photos, which are nothing to do with the Caley, but do show how my friend and donor of useful stuff to the CRA Archives, the late Richard ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 20, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Moving the trains through Perth
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Moving the trains through Perth

As a matter of interest, Jim, the narrator is a well-established resident in the West Highlands. He has narrated all the other ones and is the technical guru behind it all, video and sound. I declined to do the voice-over and asked him to do this one because of his clearer delivery and experience. J...
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Moving the trains through Perth
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Moving the trains through Perth

With the diet of seasonal fare imminent on television, it is pleasing to be able to advise you that the video of the train working through Perth has just been uploaded for your delight. It was made with the assistance of FARSAP, which has been recording for posterity the actual working of signalboxe...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 13, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gauntletted track
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Gauntletted track

Thanks, Graham.
Wonderful how one thing leads to another in these discussions, and often solves it.
JimS
by Jim Summers
Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gauntletted track
Replies: 7
Views: 667

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: 7
Views: 667

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: 7
Views: 667

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: 2083

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: 296

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: 237

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: 191

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: 670

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: 670

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: 581

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: 717

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: 240

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: 382

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: 739

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: 584

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...