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by John Paton
Fri May 29, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Villa tickets
Replies: 9
Views: 587

Re: Villa tickets

Jim,

It is not long since I finished reading your book and I had completely forgotten about that. Failed my operator's exam at the first question!

John
by John Paton
Thu May 28, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Villa tickets
Replies: 9
Views: 587

Re: Villa tickets

Jim, On page 66 of his book "The Caledonian - Scotland's Imperial Railway", Ross states: "On 17th May 1853 the Caledonian board approved the sale of season tickets at staff rates to owners of houses valued at a yearly rental of £30 and built within a mile of any station not being less that seven mil...
by John Paton
Mon May 18, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: John Smith’s loft layout
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Jim,

That is a nostalgic clip - not only of John and Tom, but also of the layout which I saw in operation a few times.

John
by John Paton
Mon May 11, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Strathyre Station gardens.
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: Strathyre Station gardens.

Here are more Strathyre photos showing the gardens.

John
by John Paton
Mon May 11, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Strathyre Station gardens.
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: Strathyre Station gardens.

Here are Michael's photos, numbered as follows:
1 - Errol lamp;
2 - bracket for same;
3 - large lamp;
4 - burner for large lamp;
5 - finial

John
by John Paton
Sat May 09, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 1551

Re: Barrow crossings

Hi Michael, I'd like to see your photos - and I'm sure the other 100s who are viewing this thread would too! Perhaps if you let us know your problem we can help you attach them. The biggest problem usually is that the size of the original image is too large to attach. I compress images using "paint....
by John Paton
Thu May 07, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 1551

Re: Barrow crossings

Mike,

There is something going across the tracks in this CR-era photo, but it may just be a shoulder of ballast. A footstool is there though.

John
by John Paton
Tue May 05, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 1551

Re: Barrow crossings

... and some more.
by John Paton
Tue May 05, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 1551

Re: Barrow crossings

Looking through CR days photos of C&O stations it is obvious that photographers were not interested in luggage barrows! I don't know if the rather indistinct barrows in these photos are the special ones mentioned by Dave, but they are all I can find.
John
by John Paton
Mon May 04, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Barrow crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 1551

Re: Barrow crossings

Hello Mike, I have struggled to find any station plan that includes a barrow crossing from which a dimension could be taken. I attach a few photos of C&O examples - but these were passenger crossings as the stations did not have footbridges. Perhaps you could work out the width from the rail chair s...
by John Paton
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Bankfoot Station Building
Replies: 10
Views: 5311

Re: Bankfoot Station Building

David, The Bankfoot building didn't follow any standard CR building designs. It may have been commissioned from a local building company who were 'let loose' to build to a general specification. I do not know if the Bankfoot light railway was CR or was an independent company. Despite the fact that t...
by John Paton
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Ballachulish line gradients
Replies: 6
Views: 923

Re: Ballachulish line gradients

David, did you get my PM? I pressed the 'submit' button but as often happens I see no sign of the message going out to you.

John Paton
by John Paton
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: The burning question
Replies: 31
Views: 3252

Re: The burning question

Hi Lindsay,

Your model is looking great.

The Menzies bookstall at Oban might be worth looking at, as Oban station is a contemporary of Barnton. Here is a photo.

Best wishes,

John
by John Paton
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Mystery loco at Denny
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

Re: Mystery loco at Denny

Thanks very much for your help Jim.
Can you tell me its wheel arrangement?

Thanks,

John
by John Paton
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Mystery loco at Denny
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

Mystery loco at Denny

I am working with John Boyle in preparing a True Line article on Denny station. John mentioned to me that he could not identify the type of locomotive featured in the attached photo. He has referred to "Baxter's List of Scottish Locomotives" but cannot find reference to a locomotive numbered 196 tha...
by John Paton
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

Hi Bill, I am no signalling expert, but assume that the Glenoglehead signaller could 'block-back' with Balquidder to allow the freight to enter the section in order to reverse onto the down line, thereby avoiding the need to issue a Glenoglehead - Balquhidder tablet for the manoeuvre. Obviously 'blo...
by John Paton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

I have just found my copy of the 1961 "Hours of Opening of Signal Boxes". Glenoglehead's opening hours are 6.10am to 8.50pm Mon-Sat, which judging by the similar opening hours of boxes such as Killin Junction and Crianlarich Junction, indicates that it was not switched out in normal circumstances. B...
by John Paton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Re: Could Glenoglehead crossing box be switched out ?

I have a print-out of a thread on The Signal Box forum (which seems now to be defunct) from 2009 under the title "Killin branch", which amongst other interesting matters discusses how passenger trains overtook freights on the C&O. Apparently unlike the West Highland, on the C&O freights were 'looped...
by John Paton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Greenock Central overall roof
Replies: 3
Views: 1186

Re: Greenock Central overall roof

This photo shows an overall roof which covers the through lines (i.e. as per my 1896 and 1912 plans, and not a shown on Jane's photo and the 1938 plan. I don't have a date for the photo.
by John Paton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Greenock Central overall roof
Replies: 3
Views: 1186

Re: Greenock Central overall roof

Just noticed that my red dotted line on the 1938 plan is at the end of the roofs at that time, which you will see is not as far out as the equivalent line on the 1896 and 1912 plans. This leads me to suggest that the roof shown on the 1896 and 1912 plans had been taken down by then (at least at this...
by John Paton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Greenock Central overall roof
Replies: 3
Views: 1186

Re: Greenock Central overall roof

Jane - thanks for posting this, following our discussion at the Glasgow meeting on Saturday. As I mentioned, I have never seen a photo of the entire overall roof (as extending to the ends of the stone flanking walls which end in turrets, and which still exist). I upload OS plans of the station dated...
by John Paton
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 6925

Re: Caledonian Blue

David, the extract I uploaded is not an obituary. It is from "SMT Scotland's Magazine" in 1948. As always in that magazine at that time there is a brief biography of all the authors of articles in that issue, in one of the first few pages. The January 1948 issue was a special on Scotland's Railways ...
by John Paton
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 6925

Re: Caledonian Blue

I realise that it is hard to read the scan, so here is a zoom-in.

John
by John Paton
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 6925

Re: Caledonian Blue

Here is a photo and brief biography of Norman MacDonald. It is from an article in the January 1948 issue of "Scotland's SMT Magazine" in which he wrote an article "Forerunners of the LMS".
by John Paton
Fri May 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Footbridges
Replies: 6
Views: 4341

Re: Caledonian Railway Footbridges

Tony,

Here is a photo of the Monifeith bridge.

Best wishes,

John