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by Jim Summers
Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 19
Views: 4370

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

Well, well, I was talking to Alistair Dalton of the Scotsman just yesterday (about Glasgow Central LL), but he never mentioned this.
We of course have the Vigilance Book in our archives, and my understanding is that the LMS made use of some Caley photos in their accident prevention book.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Jul 23, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 19
Views: 4370

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

Maybe an auditor had made enemies in Glasgow suburban booking offices . . . .

JImS
by Jim Summers
Sat Jul 23, 2022 7:32 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Nomenclature of locomotive types
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Nomenclature of locomotive types

Yes, Mike, I have no difficulty in agreeing that the Small Tank category is probably the ones you suggest. Actually I have been discussing these terms with Campbell who confesses that he himself is not entirely clear on the tank engines, pointing out that the staff would know what was meant all righ...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jul 22, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Nomenclature of locomotive types
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Nomenclature of locomotive types

The CR Mineral Timetable refers to Small Tank Engines, First Class Tank Engines, Special Class Tank Engines, and New Eight-coupled Tank Engines. The last of these is straighforward, but can anyone point to a document stating which of the locomotive classes were embraced in the other definitions? For...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Keeping Up With The Times
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: Keeping Up With The Times

They do indeed.
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by Jim Summers
Tue May 31, 2022 8:28 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ayrshire Potato Traffic
Replies: 14
Views: 3982

Re: Ayrshire Potato Traffic

Yes, it is the passing loop with the signalbox embodied in the signalman's house. It came under the Station Master at Doune, a Mr Cuthbert, much of whose correspondence exists in two large files (not in our possession, though. At least, not yet). I agree it is surprising for potato loading, but some...
by Jim Summers
Sat May 21, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Ayrshire Potato Traffic
Replies: 14
Views: 3982

Potato Traffic

A while ago there was a flurry of correspondence about how potato traffic was loaded into wagons, particularly in regard to Ayshire. We have just been given some correspondence for the Archives, and this relates to a proposed facility for loading at Drumvaich. It is stated that the potatoes would be...
by Jim Summers
Tue May 10, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cowgill Reservoir Railway
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Cowgill Reservoir Railway

Tom kindly pointed out Harold Bowtell's article in the SLS Journal. I passed that information on to the author of the forthcoming Middleton Press book, Dennis Lovett, who was the original inquirer. He followed up Tom's lead and has written: "Just to let you know that the E-bay-procured copy of ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 14, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Glasgow to Aberdeen
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Glasgow to Aberdeen

Jim,
I tangled with this business of nomenclature on Page 15 of "Operating the Caledonian Vol. Two".

Brian is of course quite right in regard to the Aberdeen Road.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 14, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cowgill Reservoir Railway
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Cowgill Reservoir Railway

Thanks, Jim.
Another area for someone to research sometime.

JImS
by Jim Summers
Tue Apr 12, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cowgill Reservoir Railway
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Cowgill Reservoir Railway

Folks will know of the recently published Middleton Press book surveying the Caley line from Carlisle to Beattock. The author, Dennis Lovett, is currently working on Beattock to Carstairs but has hit a brick wall with the fourth of the reservoir railways which were built on a temporary basis to aid ...
by Jim Summers
Sat Apr 09, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Aberdeen Joint Station exhibition of rolling stock, 1936
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Re: Aberdeen Joint Station exhibition of rolling stock, 1936

I am quite struck by what a splendid show this must have been, with great variety and no expense spared. When companies today are keen to show what they do for the community, these old railway companies were clearly more involved with the community than we might have thought. Mind you, the LMS would...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 31, 2022 12:11 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 'Hooks' on Connor tenders
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: 'Hooks' on Connor tenders

I have always assumed they were for shunting poles, but can I find the picture to substantiate that?
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by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 171 Class photos sought
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Re: 171 Class photos sought

I've been through the CRA archives, Niall, and the Forum of Scottish Line Societies site, but without success.
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by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 21, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: A Caledonian train to enjoy
Replies: 0
Views: 1153

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: 1424

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: 38
Views: 7571

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: 1962

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: 1056

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: 1945

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: 2022

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: 2022

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: 2312

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: 2312

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: 2312

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...