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by Jim Summers
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Head-end traffic
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Head-end traffic

A question arose after John Paton's stimulating talk on the L&A at yesterday's webinar. It related to the attached photo. CR 125 at Busby Jn on Ardrossan train 440016 - CRA____ collection.jpg There was some discussion on the fact that a wagon was coupled inside the engine, and I made the comment...
by Jim Summers
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Bachmann porthole stock blue/grey
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: Bachmann porthole stock blue/grey

We have just restored a Gresley teak-sided sleeper at Bo'ness SRPS, and given it the blue and grey scheme, which it wore at the end.
It was incidentally the first sleeper to have showers, despite what you might think from the present Caledonian Sleepers outfit's comments on their new stock.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A station to identify
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

Re: A station to identify

Glad to have some support, Graham.
Here is one from the Alsop collection which had made my mind more or less up.
JimS
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by Jim Summers
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: A station to identify
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

A station to identify

Is there support for my view that this station is Law Junction, or are other ideas, please>

JimS
Thomas Steele -no uniform unknown station#1 -  Ian Steele .jpeg
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by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: LNWR Carriages
Replies: 5
Views: 709

Re: LNWR Carriages

Dare I mention that the evolution of excursion traffic and the operating issues involved were the subject of a chapter in "Operating the Caledonian Railway Vol, One", and braking of engines and/or train sets were are covered in Vol. Two.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: CR Permanent Way
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: CR Permanent Way

Thanks, Tony, It is true we haven't had much on this side of things recently, but we were discussing ballast back in 2011 on this Forum. One of the topics getting (some of) us excited then was ballast, and I offered this piece from Donald Matheson's visit to the USA, which might be worth giving an a...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriages at Perth pre-1877
Replies: 35
Views: 25923

Re: Carriages at Perth pre-1877

Thank you, Neil.
They had a funny way of doing business indeed.

How do we set about resurrecting the article? Obviously I don't have a copy of my own which I could OCR.

I or the TTL editor can handle a pdf of the article, though the original files would be better, if possible.

Best wishes,

Jim
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriages at Perth pre-1877
Replies: 35
Views: 25923

Re: Carriages at Perth pre-1877

Thank you for that picture, Niall.
I for one missed it in the BRJ and would be delighted if your article could be resurrected, please.

Perhaps it could be reprinted, with suitable permission, in The True line?


JImS
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Plus ça change
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Re: Plus ça change

A splendid illustration, Sinclair. As an aside, I worked on the Harwich - Zeebrugge train ferry service around 1965, and can recall that azalea and azalea indica brands of flowers were imported. The British customs would nod one type through, but in the case of the other, every box of flowers had to...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Loco
Replies: 22
Views: 2083

Re: Unidentified Loco

A sad locomotive, but it's at a useful angle, as I spent the last day of the year that's awa' wrestling with the cylinder and slide bars on '615' Class no. 449.

I've only been working on that model for 27 years now. Guess what my New Year's Resolution is.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope
Replies: 80
Views: 13389

Re: Caledonian Railway Dwelling House, Harthope

Great to see the progress and the coming to life.
Have you made a New Year Resolution?

Best wishes for Christmas and a better 2021.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Arrival and Departure process
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: Arrival and Departure process

Mike, The inbound train engine would round and dispose of its train, which would be put away in the yard for a while, to allow the service train in, round, and return. That's my guess, but much would depend on the actual timetable on the day. The point is that the two platforms gave some flexibility...
by Jim Summers
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Arrival and Departure process
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: Arrival and Departure process

Duncan,
I have done any platform occupation chart for Oban, but I would suggest they did need the two platforms and I think there are photos showing that. Otherwise, why build the extra ones for the Ballachulish service?

Jim
by Jim Summers
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Arrival and Departure process
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: Arrival and Departure process

Mike, A relevant aspect is whether the two platforms were at the end of a single or of a double line. Ballachulish is a good example of double platform off a single line. As far as I am aware, the passenger train carriages were not transferred from the inbound platform to the other one for departure...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Thank you for these pictures, John. I mentioned the station in the piece on excursion traffic stations in Vol. One of my Operating book, but did not expect any photos to exist, so these are very welcome.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Earlier on in this discussion the possibility of Hunthill Jn. - East Kilbride was mentioned, and it was verified that there was indeed a passenger service (of sorts) in 1907. The May 1907 Railway Magazine states that in that year Calderwood Glen was opened in that section. It served an estate owned ...
by Jim Summers
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Earlier on in this discussion the possibility of Hunthill Jn. - East Kilbride was mentioned, and it was verified that there was indeed a passenger service (of sorts) in 1907. The May 1907 Railway Magazine states that in that year Calderwood Glen was opened in that section. It served an estate owned ...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Dundee (East) Station Facade
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: Dundee (East) Station Facade

I can't help with that query, Niall, but just thought I would thank you for the good news that a book on the D&A is under way.
Much needed, as it was a fascinating enterprise.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Walking the closed Callander & Oban section
Replies: 0
Views: 638

Walking the closed Callander & Oban section

Walking Disused Railways
with Rob Bell on Channel 5 starts a new four-part series from 2000 on Friday 27th November, with the Callander & Oban and the Killin branch due to be shown on 4th December.

Our Association has assisted the producers with photographs from our Archives.

JimS
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Model Wagon Company
Replies: 15
Views: 1958

Re: Model Wagon Company

Yes, Ian Middleditch was the principal one behind the MWC. As I understand it, the range went to 51L, as did many of the castings of fittings mastered by Mike Gilgannon, who was closely associated with Ian. Not sure I could put my hands on a list of the wagons by MWC, but I will be surprised if the ...
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Another mystery location to keep our brains active!

Fascinating, folks.

But John, did you actually attach that Google Earth shot?

JimS
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Lockdown
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Re: Lockdown

I just have to brag that I knew Gerry Fiennes. When I was an AYM at Whitemoor, it was not unknown for him to turn up on a train of coal empties, from, say, Angel Road. He would then wander round the yard with me and meet old friends and just enjoy the railway and its people. I remember him once rema...
by Jim Summers
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where is this?
Replies: 27
Views: 5881

Re: Where is this?

Yes, we should certainly try to link these between the two archives. Not only that but some of the descriptive material as well. The photos you have been looking at are, technically, not yet in the CRA archives but will be when access to Thurso St and indeed to the other archives becomes possible ag...
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where is this?
Replies: 27
Views: 5881

Re: Where is this?

Well, that was quicker and more comprehensive than I ever imagined. Thank you for joining the Forum and making such a contribution. I will fire off some of these photos from Richard Chown at intervals to keep us amused. Here are two. JimS Corroded girders from bridge loaded on CR wagon - RChown coll...
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where is this?
Replies: 27
Views: 5881

Re: Where is this?

I am delighted to know that the bridgeworks are now safely located as Fauldhouse. I have a high quality copy of that photograph from the late Richard Chown, who was of course a bridge engineer at one time in his railway career. Unfortunately it was not identified. Nor were the rest in the little col...