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by dumb buffer
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Royal Trains
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Royal Trains

Rereading Vol I of Jim Summers work on Operating the Caledonian Railway, the chapter about Royal Trains p156 I noted that detonators were not to be used except in cases of emergency. There are other references to "no whistling" which suggest something of an obsession with silence around th...
by dumb buffer
Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: External w-irons
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: External w-irons

My experience with these is largely limited to the 6/7 ton "Bogies" whereof I have examined rather a lot of photographs. There were axleguards with straight legs, axleguards with bent legs, and axleguards with one leg bent. (I never found any pictures showing both sides of a wagon). I came...
by dumb buffer
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another Unidentified D&A Location
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Another Unidentified D&A Location

If I mistake not this is the Carnoustie Tennis club pavilion, which became from about 1972 the Carnoustie Sailing Club clubhouse. The fenced off area became the dinghy park, which was convenient as it offered direct access to the beach. Buddon Ness in the background is unmistakable. I am puzzled by ...
by dumb buffer
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Glasgow City Archives
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Glasgow City Archives

Very evocative. I remember the Cheapside St fire of 1960, which I watched from the top of Shields Road, across the river. Also delighted to find a picture of G Shiach Kitchin's Chemist, which was where I got all my early black and white photographs processed. The shop is still there! I don't know ho...
by dumb buffer
Tue May 18, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Allocation of Brake Vans
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: Allocation of Brake Vans

I would think that Brake Vans were normally allocated to a location from which traffic originated. And there wasn't much mineral traffic originating in Edinburgh.

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Thu May 13, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified wooden objects at Loch Awe station
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Unidentified wooden objects at Loch Awe station

To do with the Camping Coaches?

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Sun May 09, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another picture to clarify - Perth?
Replies: 4
Views: 710

Re: Another picture to clarify - Perth?

I would suggest we are looking a bit further downstream at the Perth Corporation Destructor works, shown on the 1934 map
https://maps.nls.uk/view/75655787
by dumb buffer
Sat May 01, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Caledonia Models?
Replies: 21
Views: 2636

Re: Caledonia Models?

Did SMS eventually move to somewhere about St Enoch's Square? I think I bought some Loco numbers and crests from him there, which I passed on to Mr Summers (I think)

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Caledonia Models?
Replies: 21
Views: 2636

Re: Caledonia Models?

I never saw it with so few people! Usually we couldn't get near enough to see in the window. An uncle bought me a cabin cruiser, clockwork of course and disaster, didn't the clockwork run out in the middle of Queen's Park pond. I was scared to go home until it eventually drifted to the side. They ha...
by dumb buffer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

If it wasn't an impertinence, I'd be tempted to ask "what is 1d"! I seem to recall that cards were 2d in my time. There were some odd rules; newspapers, for example could be sent for a letter stamp (2½d), but only if rolled with the ends open. Close the ends and they cost, I think, 5d Alla...
by dumb buffer
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

What is the meaning of the stamp "Contrary to Regulations"?

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: 4-wheel Drummond Passenger Brake Van 1883 Dia 4 - Decent Models instructions
Replies: 7
Views: 1244

Re: 4-wheel Drummond Passenger Brake Van 1883 Dia 4 - Decent Models instructions

P28.jpg This is the beast. I have another, unpainted, and, I think, a couple of other kits. When John sold out to Hamilton Hobbyhorse, these seemed to be the only things we could buy from them -- which is how I acquired too many. I don't recall any particular difficulties with the lookout (this was...
by dumb buffer
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2077

Re: White Van

That is definitely the one. Thank you

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2077

Re: White Van

Thank you Mike --- I thought you would come up trumps! I had a vague recollection to seeing a reference to white WCJS vehicles, but couldn't come up with the source .I've dug out "West Coast Joint Stock" and looked at p 273, but it refers only to WCJS meat vans painted dark grey. However t...
by dumb buffer
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: White Van
Replies: 12
Views: 2077

White Van

While looking for something else I came upon this picture in the archives (Much enlarged). I had always assumed it was a refrigerator van; but reference to THE BOOK found no reference to any such being painted white. So my question is --- What is it? The picture. by the way, appears to be at St Roll...
by dumb buffer
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: John Boyle Etches - station furniture
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Re: John Boyle Etches - station furniture

Like this. (Doune) CRA Collection
Doune 469 - Copy.jpg
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Just fold them in the middle and trap the sign between. Probably easier in 7mm than in 4mm

Allan Ferguson
by dumb buffer
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 1219

Re: Another mystery

I don't think the SCR ever ran to such fancy lamp housings. In general their lamps were four sided with a pronounced taper. The crossbar for the ladder had "Scottish Central" cast in. I seem to recall an SCR lamp at Bo'ness.

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Not a Christmas quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 4072

Re: Not a Christmas quiz

I don't have the details, but I know that the West Coast Postal left Aberdeen about 1530 and had a "head of passenger coaches as well as the mail vans. The passenger coaches came off at Perth, and the Mail train continued to Carstairs, where it was combined with Glasgow and Edinburgh portions t...
by dumb buffer
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: True Line Models
Topic: TLM Stocks
Replies: 3
Views: 1682

Re: TLM Stocks

Tony

£15 less 10% is £13.50!

Allan F
by dumb buffer
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Drawing instruments
Replies: 5
Views: 1907

Re: Drawing instruments

Jim Rereading your note about the CR drawing instruments, I remembered that I have a set sort of similar. These, as far as I know, came from the (Civil) Engineer's office in Perth (the same place as my clock). I would imagine they date back to CR days. I have one or two bow pens and compasses, but I...
by dumb buffer
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rails around Glasgow
Replies: 10
Views: 2907

Re: Rails around Glasgow

I remember seeing her from the top deck of a tram. I have a feeling there was some doubt about whether there was sufficient clearance for the two vehicles to pass each other. Can anyone remember? I'm sure she had a bow collector then. There was no problem with the trolleybuses, of course. Whispering...
by dumb buffer
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Decent Models 45' Underframe
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: Decent Models 45' Underframe

Tony Some years ago you kindly sent me several 45' underframe etches which you were hoping to get back from John. I still have a couple left which I'd be happy to donate to a good cause. It'll be a day or two before I can get to a post office, but I'll let you know when it's underway. Allan F
by dumb buffer
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Milk Truck or Fish & Foul Truck
Replies: 9
Views: 2898

Re: Milk Truck or Fish & Foul Truck

There was a drawing by John Boyle which described it as a fish or fowl van (which I presume is what you have). But I've read somewhere that these vehicles (or these sort of vehicles) were used for milk traffic as well, being well ventilated. Also that they were used for empty casks, being light and ...
by dumb buffer
Tue May 26, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Villa tickets
Replies: 9
Views: 2513

Re: Villa tickets

Well there were variations on the theme, but certainly both the CR and the NBR had Villa tickets. They were effectively first class season tickets issued to people who built new villas within a certain distance of the line, usually with certain conditions about the number of people (including servan...
by dumb buffer
Sat May 23, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Proposed NBR Mineral Wagon Kit
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

Re: Proposed NBR Mineral Wagon Kit

These are excellent mouldings --- I presume Simon has had new moulds made from the original masters, which were of a very high standard. I understood the original moulds had become too worn. I finished about a dozen of them, and the work involved is not five minutes worth: it involved: Hoops for end...