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by John Paton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Dundee (East) Station Facade
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Dundee (East) Station Facade

Hi Niall, Great to hear that you are continuing your writing on the history of railways in the Dundee area. I cannot help with a date of the rebuilding of the East station frontage, and I have always assumed that the LMS took the glass out as a wartime precaution. They may well have been motivated t...
by John Paton
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: "Walking Lost Railways" - C&O line
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: "Walking Lost Railways" - C&O line

I see that Jim has posted the same message elsewhere! Apologies for duplication.

John
by John Paton
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: "Walking Lost Railways" - C&O line
Replies: 1
Views: 47

"Walking Lost Railways" - C&O line

The CRA and myself provided information to Rumpus Media in producing the Scotland episode in Series 3 of ‘Walking Britain’s Lost Railways’, which will include the Callander & Oban Railway.
The programme will be broadcast on Friday 4th December at 8:00pm on Channel 5.
by John Paton
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Sorry folks!

I forgot to attach the shot!

Here it is.

John
by John Paton
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Wanlockhead and Knott End Sock
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Wanlockhead and Knott End Sock

Jim,

This may not answer your questions but at the bottom of CR folder I have a photocopied article from the October 1959 Model Railway News. Here it is.

(The pages upload in reverse order - I can't sort this!)

John
by John Paton
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Good thinking, and thanks for your efforts in presenting the evidence! I attach a present-day google earth shot, overlaid with your suggestions. Previously I had attempted to find out if the GB&K was built as single track, but found no convincing evidence. The first appearance of the railway on an O...
by John Paton
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Good lateral thinking Bill. I was beginning to think that we had drawn a complete blank here. Not sure if there is quite enough of a valley between EK and Blantyre - I have just taken a 'trip' along there on Google Streetview. Also, do you think that there was a passenger service over that line? I'm...
by John Paton
Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Thanks Jim, Personally I'm not convinced that it is this location, or the DD&C. The countryside around the DD&C is more pre-upland than the photo. Also the line tended to run along the hillside, rather than what appears to be a valley floor in the photo. I agree that the OS looks like a double-arch ...
by John Paton
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Hi Jim,

You beat me to a mile-by-mile search of the DD&C. I'm not convinced that it definitely is a watercourse, but there must be a reason why a second arch was added.

Thanks for your efforts!

John
by John Paton
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Another mystery

Mike - it is Barrhead Joint.

Best wishes,

John
by John Paton
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

This is a photo which I have seen in the past without any stated location. More recently however it appeared in "Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway" by A. J. Mullay with the location "Uplawmoor". This confuses me because as far as I am aware, the Glasgow, Neilston and Kilmarnock Joint Rail...
by John Paton
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)

Hi Bill,

I see the small rectangle that you mention. That may well have been some sort of signalling building.

John
by John Paton
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A mystery bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: A mystery bridge

CaleyJim - I presume that you were familiar with that nightclub?
by John Paton
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A mystery bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: A mystery bridge

PS the photo is looking northwards.
by John Paton
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A mystery bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: A mystery bridge

Jim,

It is the bowstring bridge that carried the CR Glasgow eastern circular line over the ex-NB line between High Street and the former Parkhead station. It survived into the 1970s - which I guess is the era in which the photo was taken (looking at the cars). See uploaded map.

John
by John Paton
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)

Thanks Bill, I suggest that you write a 'follow-up' article. The Dunkeld branch opened on 7.4.1856,while the SLS Signal Box Register Vol 6: Scotland records the opening date of Stanley Junction box as 1874. Looking closely at the 1864 OS plan (in the article) I see no reference to a signal box, and ...
by John Paton
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Building Ideas Requested
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: Building Ideas Requested

I have a drawing sheet of Kirriemuir station (a standard Caledonian design) which shows all but the rear elevation (however this can be deduced from the plan). I also have two incomplete copies of a drawing of Kirriemuir goods shed. I don't have a drawing of Forfar North box, but do have drawings of...
by John Paton
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Stanley Jn layout (TTL150)

Bill,

Thanks for these comments - good to get an update / correction to the article. If you don't mind, I'll ask Alistair to publish your post as a 'letter' so that all members can see it. The photos illustrate the later working method well.

John
by John Paton
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Mystery Signal Box
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Mystery Signal Box

My guess is that this is Blackwood Junction, looking north. The Mid-Lanarks line diverges off to the left to Ferniegair Junction via Stonehouse and Larkhall. The old Blackwood branch heads north under the arch at the right background - to Ferniegair Junction via Southfield Junction and Dalserf. I at...
by John Paton
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

I didn't actually spend that much time on it! Thinking about NB stations with level crossings at the platform ends narrows the field considerably. In my initial search I forgot about Leuchars Old. It was only as a last resort when WCML55.68 presented further evidence that it could be NB that I looke...
by John Paton
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

One thing I noticed was that the chimney of the building beside the track appears to be taller in the later photos. Maybe it was found that the smoke obscured the signalman's view or blew into his windows when they were open.

John
by John Paton
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Sorry - forgot the important bit - the photos!
by John Paton
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Guys,

Could it be this, with replacement footbridge but the same building beyond the level crossing?

John
by John Paton
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

I can't make up my mind whether the track in the photo is four-foot-eight-and-a-half, or five-foot-three.
by John Paton
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And yet another mystery photograph
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: And yet another mystery photograph

Duncan, "Buildings of the Scottish Countryside" by Naismith says that pantiles were used in Lothian, Stirlingshire and along the northern coastline of the Forth in Clackmannan and Fife. "Apart from these areas only isolated parts of the countryside especially along the east coast used clay tiles for...