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by Jim Summers
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gradient Diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 6141

Re: Gradient Diagrams

Thanks, Jim.

What was displayed in the boxes in BR days was an extract of these lengthy diagrams covering the area relevant to the box. They were pasted on card about 2 foot long and hung on a nail somewhere in the box, usually gathering dust.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gradient Diagrams
Replies: 11
Views: 6141

Gradient Diagrams

In my researches into signalling I have been unable to see gradient diagrams hanging in any photos of the interior of Caley signalboxes. Not in Caley days, that is, because they certainly did have them in BR days and, it would appear, in LMS days. This might mean that the Caley did not use them, rel...
by Jim Summers
Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where? What? Why?
Replies: 8
Views: 5386

Re: Where? What? Why?

Nice as trains are, this picture excited me for the signals. Indeed they are Stevens, as Allan says, but they are of the short era when the spectacle glasses were wider apart than the standard product. Photo of the standard product at Bo'ness SRPS attached for info. What a super photo altogether! I ...
by Jim Summers
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Knee Frame
Replies: 5
Views: 3944

Re: Knee Frame

More progress to report. The ground frame now looks like a new 'un. Jim Haig sends kind regards and reports that further work is planned for the frame, a new timber front and modifying the interlocking to fit the frame. The drop boxes will need to be lowered as there is a 10mm gap for some reason. A...
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

Thank you, Neil. I hadn't come across that Minute, but it is most revealing.

Looks like the Stobcross area would justify almost a book on its own, if you add in the NBR, the traffic, the engineering, the accidents, etc., and its subsequent history.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Knee Frame
Replies: 5
Views: 3944

Re: Knee Frame

Progress is being made in Fife, and I have had an update from Jim Haig of the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society. The members of the KFRPS have agreed that the best outcome would be to rebuild the "Caledonian Railway" knee frame as a 4 lever frame, using only the original Caley parts. Work...
by Jim Summers
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Steam 'precursor' of 350hp Diesel shunter
Replies: 5
Views: 3874

Re: Steam 'precursor' of 350hp Diesel shunter

My experience of Caley yards of the 1950s are those extensive premises around Grangemouth. These were worked in the last days of steam by a fleet of '782' Class 0-6-0Ts, which were replaced by some of the earliest 350hp diesels in Scotland. There were two other 0-6-0Ts, the Beetlecrushers (known as ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Camperdown Jute & Hemp Works Branch
Replies: 9
Views: 6029

Re: Camperdown Jute & Hemp Works Branch

I have nothing useful to add to this fascinating byway, except the observation that the aerial photo is so like a model railway.
So much so, that I feel it needs a bit of weathering and general addition of life.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Mystery station
Replies: 2
Views: 2682

Re: Mystery station

Thank you, John. Remarkable recognition, and so prompt!
And to think that I once lived not much further down that line.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Mystery station
Replies: 2
Views: 2682

Mystery station

Can anyone make a stab at where this might be, please?
The use of an ex NBR loco does point to a joint line, such as the D&A, but I can't see any clues which help me to determine if this is true, and if so, where.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

Thank you, Neil. There is a treasure trove there. Folks might want to know that the picture of the narrow box and the one it controlled, plus the interior shot, will be in the book on Caledonian Signalling, which is making progress against the target publication date. In the book, I don't propose to...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O
Replies: 16
Views: 14361

Re: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O

Peter Bunce watches our Forum, but is not a member and so cannot post messages. Nevertheless, he thanks us for making it available to non CRA members, as he finds it very interesting and is particularly grateful for the photos. Anent which he asks me to pass on the following information: CR 52 has b...
by Jim Summers
Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Caledonian Buffer Stops
Replies: 4
Views: 5460

Caledonian Buffer Stops

I see Dave Franks now has his 4mm Caley bufferstops on sale. Those for other lines have been very well received. Here is a link to such matters on his site:

http://www.lanarkshiremodels.com/lanark ... te_111.htm

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Tue May 28, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Workmen's Carriage Seating
Replies: 5
Views: 3439

Re: Workmen's Carriage Seating

As I have been saying today in Another Place, this Forum is just wonderful for the new insights it gives. And what an endlessly fascinating hobby we have.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Tue May 28, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriage Diagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 3098

Re: Carriage Diagrams

Niall, I think the only way, now that it has been accessioned, is to open negotiations regarding making a copy with Julia, the Museums and Archives manager at the SRPS. Indeed maybe if the Association were to approach her, we could make a copy for our own archives. I know her well enough to sound he...
by Jim Summers
Sat May 11, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Dalmarnock
Replies: 1
Views: 2321

Dalmarnock

I hadn't seen this news item at the time, but now it intrigues me. Apologies to those more up-to-date. By ALASTAIR DALTON Published on 01/05/2013 15:57 THE transport hub for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will re-open to rail passengers in Dalmarnock in three weeks’ time - six months late becau...
by Jim Summers
Wed May 08, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

An interesting picture, Dave.

I agree with you, the unsatisfactory box was in the shadows, and would not have appeared on the plan because it was below the street-level structures.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Brake Wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 7949

Re: Brake Wagons

In reply to Ed, yes, it was necessary at places to add a wagon to short wheelbase locos, to as to ensure they bridged track circuits reliably. I recall them at Newcastle Central for example. You are right that this is unlikely to be the reason for these Caley wagons. The Caley used fouling bars and ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

Alastair asked if I wanted the Stobcross material saved for the signalling book. Yes and no. I had always wanted to mention in the book the pioneering nature of the Stobcross installation, and I have had the external photo of the narrow box for a while. I am still hoping to get a legitimate copy of ...
by Jim Summers
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: cellulose paint
Replies: 12
Views: 8059

Re: cellulose paint

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, Jim, but yes, I would be interested, blues and the satin black.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

In regard to Ian's question at the end, the Appendix seems to imply that there was Yard Working under identified Train Regulators.

How I wish those explorers had photographed what was left of the site of the remotely controlled original box.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

I am hesitant to be dogmatic about Stobcross, but until someone corrects me (please do), my understanding (supposition) is that the hydraulic frame lasted until 1909, when a new box took over. Somehow there was more space for it further west, probably facilitated by a revised track layout in the yar...
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Peebles Railways and the Peebles Triangle
Replies: 18
Views: 13457

Re: Peebles Railways and the Peebles Triangle

I was rootling around in the National Archives today, and noted a request by the General Manager in 1897 for an explanation as to how the movement of Caley traffic (including coaches) was to be handled at Peebles. I think it is implied there was some shuffling of feet, and I didn't see any follow up...
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

The photo supplied by John also appears in another of O.S. Nock's works, namely Plate 46 of "British Railway Signalling", published by Allen and Unwin in 1969, but he makes no reference there to the older box, as he is really illustrating the moves to panel displays and controls.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19554

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

That is certainly an intriguing and credible point about the increased traffic, Ian. The Engineering quote was already in the draft of my book, though it doesn't say that the Caley was leaned on by the BoT to create the box with a view. I still have to check my evidence for that, but it has been my ...