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by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 52
Views: 10856

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Tony,
At the AGM, please lay aside some for me, preferably an even number. . . .

JimS
by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Colour of CR Uniforms
Replies: 7
Views: 2353

Re: Colour of CR Uniforms

There are a few pages on uniform from p14 onwards in "Operating the Caledonian Railway Vol. One".
Blue-black figures throughout, but a blue cap is also mentioned, and green is dismissed - despite a poem!

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 52
Views: 10856

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

More great stuff, Alan.
That is a neat use of the dressmaker's pins and new to me. And it looks so much better at footplate level, where my clumsy blob of solder or Araldite has to be sculptured.
Looking forward to those next photos.
JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 13389

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

All so worthwhile, though.

JImS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Oxford Rail Cowans-Sheldon 15t Crane.
Replies: 21
Views: 4214

Re: Oxford Rail Cowans-Sheldon 15t Crane.

Just to remind everyone that Peter Tatlow's remarkable book on Breakdown Cranes (the volume with the steam cranes) has quite a bit on the history of these cranes with extensive drawings of those from all manufacturers. An interesting aside is that the Caley overrode the makers' recommendations on th...
by Jim Summers
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 52
Views: 10856

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Beautiful work, Alan, and a couple of neat tricks.
Wish you hadn't told me the correct number of bars, though. I have just counted the number on my model . . . .

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: The burning question
Replies: 33
Views: 7711

Re: The burning question

No need to apologise, Mike.
This is a great forum for fascinating angles. Sometimes we don't change the headings enough, but so what? It is all interesting.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 52
Views: 10856

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

May you get a chance to get on with the body over Christmas, Alan.
That chassis looks really good with the chunky effect which I well remember on those. The effort with the rivets was well worthwhile.

Season's greetings,

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 13389

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Looking worth all the effort, Paul.

Good wishes for the season and the year to come,

Jim
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 13389

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Just to re-assure Allan and anyone else that a) I was listening, and b) that list has been in our official lists for some time. The identifications, incidentally, were by the late Richard Chown, a very experienced BR civil engineer with amazing knowledge of locations on railways in Scotland and fart...
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 13389

Re: Caledonian Railway Linemans House, Harthope

I am impressed too. Unfortunately I cannot help with a description of the lineside houses. The Directors seem to have referred to them as 'dwelling houses' or 'accommodation'. An expression such as 'lineman's house' implies a signal and telegraph lineman, and such staff would be the least likely to ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Wagon Mark
Replies: 4
Views: 1741

Re: Another Wagon Mark

I confess I had not noticed this mark before and do not really know what it means. But I would suggest one or two things. It might be by a wagon examiner. He would have labels for wagons needing repair or being stopped, but the chalk mark, e.g a bad brake, or that the fault had been rectified and ap...
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 8201

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

And the book is intended to be launched at the Glasgow Show 2020 - scarily close.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 8201

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

A quick answer to Douglas's points to me:

I certainly hope the 'out-takes' will be made available to members, most likely through TTL.

Funnily enough, I find I am giving a talk in Biggar soon, which a certain J. Watt has had something to do with!

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 8201

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

Douglas, Looking again at the material I have been accumulating, I had forgotten that the make-up of four trains, showing the CR and the traders' wagons by name, is included in Arnold Tortorella's article "Appendix to Mineral Train Control" in "The Caledonian Journal" of August 1...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Dock Tank Deviations
Replies: 52
Views: 10856

Re: Dock Tank Deviations

Alan, I built one years ago and, like you, decided on split axles. All went well till I glued up the some of the gears inadvertently and had to dismantle everything. The split frame arrangement didn't survive that. It was still built, and is one of my favourites. I look forward to seeing more of you...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Mineral Wagon Rakes
Replies: 21
Views: 8201

Re: Mineral Wagon Rakes

Since my name has come up, Volume Two of "Operating the Caledonian Railway" was intended to have a decent section on mineral traffic. The text for Volume Two is about to go to the publisher and it has had to be brought down to a sensible size. As a result the section on mineral traffic is ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Ferryhill, modification to CR water column
Replies: 4
Views: 2270

Re: Ferryhill, modification to CR water column

Impressive, Mike, and shows what 3D can achieve.
Richard Chown would have been delighted.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Scuds
Replies: 10
Views: 7506

Re: Scuds

As it happens, Mike, the Caledonian did have Flying Squads, and not on the ticket fraud side.
All will be explained (I hope) in Volume Two of 'Operating the Caledonian Railway'.

Must remember to put Flying Squad in the index.


JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 498 Class help
Replies: 6
Views: 3790

Re: 498 Class help

Alan, I am not sure why that reference is not opening up, but will check with our industrious webmaster. However, below is the list for the 498 class. Lovely wee engines, well actually rather big wee engines. JimS Class: 0-6-0T, Class 498 Archive No. Title/Description/Notes Drawing No Date Link 42/1...
by Jim Summers
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Stock in service in August
Replies: 0
Views: 1440

Caledonian Stock in service in August

Members may care to note this message below, just released from the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, andto support the event, of course. JimS Join us at B&KR on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August for our Summer Steam Up; a NEW event for 2019! Star of the event, our 'Caley Special' features Cal...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 9213

Re: Caledonian Blue

I have nothing to contribute in this matter, but would like to thank David for sharing his researches. They do cast an interesting light on the role of the well-connected, informed enthusiast in the environment of those times. Public relations was not a term in those days, but clearly played a part....
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 9213

Re: Caledonian Blue

That all sounds much more plausible, Allan.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 9213

Re: Caledonian Blue

That all sounds much more plausible, Allan.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Blue
Replies: 16
Views: 9213

Re: Caledonian Blue

i have found that fascinating, David, mainly because of this idea of a design consultant being involved. I cannot contribute any research on the matter in hand, but I have always wondered to what extent the old-time engineers really had an eye for aesthetics. Or not. Was there really someone else wh...