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by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Correct Carriage Colours
Replies: 4
Views: 216

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: 6
Views: 188

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: 75

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: 113

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: 4
Views: 319

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: 267

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: 2
Views: 309

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: 224

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: 539

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 539 times
by Jim Summers
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Pug Tender
Replies: 13
Views: 929

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: 745

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: 17933

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: 408

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: 510

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: 508

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: 1507

Re: Water Crane

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

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Jumbo Underhung Spring Castings
Replies: 12
Views: 10905

Re: Jumbo Underhung Spring Castings

Some neat work there, John.
Always nice to see the cab doors modelled, and the lining around the cutouts is a tricky thing but well worth tackling.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Perth General Station
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: Perth General Station

I much doubt if the train indicator was purely for the NB trains and suspect that the indications shown were just what was appropriate to that part of the station at that time. Funnily enough, wayfinding at Perth was one of the aspects I discussed in my talk at Perth this very Tuesday for the Museum...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Perth Museum and Art Gallery exhibition
Replies: 0
Views: 221

Perth Museum and Art Gallery exhibition

There has been a number of references to this exhibition in the past few months, to which various members of our Association have contributed items and information. The displays deal with Perthshire's railways, under the title of "All Aboard". It is now open to visitors, but note that Muse...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Dundee & Arbroath Signalbox and location.

I had occasion in another place recently to muse that a Caley semaphore indication in a picture was nonsense because the fireman had set it the opposite way round. An inexperienced man might. Could something similar be the case with the destination on this loco? We have all seen nonsense with modern...
by Jim Summers
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven

Getting off the main topic, but perhaps amusing anent liberation.

The late Sandy Maclean claimed he once saw in The Barras, a three-piece lounge set for sale, all done in the tiger-stripe upholstery of the initial Blue Trains seats.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Glasgow City Archives
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Glasgow City Archives

Indeed. And I was pleased to see again a picture which I had used in my Signalling book, being the only known picture of the Stevens signalling works (albeit in the distance). It is indeed a wonderful archive and highly distracting.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Caledonian transfers for 4mm
Replies: 0
Views: 227

Caledonian transfers for 4mm

Just a wee note to alert modellers to the advert in The True Line for the new line of transfers. I have now received mine, so they do now exist, folks, and represent great devotion to the cause by Lindsay and Tony. I think the thought which has gone into the items, the relationship with the kits on ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: New Layout Blog - Crawford
Replies: 29
Views: 17948

Re: New Layout Blog - Crawford

Indeed great and interesting progress, Ross.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: Pullman Car: Maid of Morven

That is a very comprehensive response to Mr Buchan's query, Jim. Coincidentally, he was in contact with me the other day, seeking copies of the drawings in our archive, but didn't reveal the full scale of his ambition. Quite an ambitious project, to say the least, but what a contribution to our 'fee...