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by Jim Summers
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Peebles Railways and the Peebles Triangle
Replies: 18
Views: 13531

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: 19671

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: 19671

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 ...
by Jim Summers
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Stobcross Signal Boxes
Replies: 36
Views: 19671

Re: Stobcross Signal Boxes

I can't help much, Neil, though I hope others can. All I can add is that the original high narrow box had 44 levers, according to the Register, whereas the accident report for Stobcross in 1951 states the box has 49 levers and is mechanical - no reference to the pioneering pneumatic system. The acci...
by Jim Summers
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Signals at Blairgowrie
Replies: 8
Views: 12932

Re: Signals at Blairgowrie

I am a bit surprised that my offering on this topic seems not to have appeared, though I thought it had been correctly sent, right after Tony's query. Be that as it may: As others have said, the signal is on the "wrong side", but the diagram makes clear what lines it refers to. The grouping of the n...
by Jim Summers
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Coach Seat Covering
Replies: 5
Views: 4398

Re: Coach Seat Covering

David, As to the material, I work in 4mm and have used John Boyle's printed cards. Frankly I found them a lot of work, and not that easy. I have tended not to use them nowadays. Instead, I settle for rudimentary plastic mouldings or self-made plastic partitions, asit can all get too much work for li...
by Jim Summers
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central 1908 Signalling - Engineer Article
Replies: 4
Views: 3945

Re: Glasgow Central 1908 Signalling - Engineer Article

It all gets very interesting, Allan, because the Caley originally did consider track circuits for the 1908 box, but is recorded as rejecting them. Here they seem to have had second thoughts, and some did come in there some time before the Caley was swept away, but the details aren't run to earth (!)...
by Jim Summers
Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central 1908 Signalling - Engineer Article
Replies: 4
Views: 3945

Re: Glasgow Central 1908 Signalling - Engineer Article

Thanks, Jim.
This is the article which reveals that track circuits were eventually to be used. The Caley had hitherto been very wary.
Anyone know where they first introduced them in "ordinary" boxes?

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central Low Level
Replies: 21
Views: 18319

Re: Glasgow Central Low Level

Ian,

You now have the drawing I was about to send.
The tunnel signals were mounted on a short lattice post about 5 foot high.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central Low Level
Replies: 21
Views: 18319

Re: Glasgow Central Low Level

Ian,
You asked about the tunnel signals.
If you can wait a bit longer, the book on Signalling the Caledonian will have a detailed drawing in it.
But in case you can't, I'll try to post it here later this evening.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Buchanan Street station - are these remains?
Replies: 8
Views: 9668

Re: Glasgow Buchanan Street station - are these remains?

The picture of Buchanan Street shows the Buchanan House HQ for the Scottish Region under construction, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the angle. The photographer would nowadays be standing in the main thoroughfare of the GCU campus.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central Low Level
Replies: 21
Views: 18319

Re: Glasgow Central Low Level

For what it is worth, the Signalling Record Society journal arrived today, and has a fascinating article on a trip to the box in the tunnel below King's Cross. It was on the Midland connecting route to the Widened Lines. Never got there myself, but in the old phrase I knew a man who did. Access soun...
by Jim Summers
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: A Possible Tender Etch
Replies: 4
Views: 4458

Re: A Possible Tender Etch

Well, I am up for such an etch, Lindsay. Count me in.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cattle docks
Replies: 25
Views: 20140

Re: Cattle docks

I came across this link to a charming Cattle Dock scene at Peebles by the ubiquitous George Washington Wilson, and I think it might be relevant,both for cattle docks, cattle wagons, and limewash. You have to select the bit of the picture you want, but the zoom will then reveal all. It is picture 69 ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Killin Coach
Replies: 16
Views: 13548

Re: Killin Coach

What a wonderful lot of non-disruptive information from so many folk! Paul asked if the John Boyle etch is still available. My recollection is that he brought all his remaining stock to the AGM in Carlisle last year, and that etch was not included. I don't think he took much home, if anything. So un...
by Jim Summers
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Class 171 brake reservoir
Replies: 17
Views: 14191

Re: Class 171 brake reservoir

Now that seems to add a new angle, Mike, making the reservoir(s) like the larger 0-4-4Ts, whihc would seem logical.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Killin Coach
Replies: 16
Views: 13548

Re: Killin Coach

Yes, Jim S did build one - but straight from the John Boyle 4mm etch. Not that I have it finished yet. So I am not looking for too much disruptve information.

I'll check, but I think I still have a spare etch, if anyone is interested.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: The West Calder Loop
Replies: 17
Views: 29311

Re: The West Calder Loop

Harry Knox's book on the Shale and Shale Railways is launching at ModelRail at the SECC in a couple of weeks.

He'll be on Douglas Blades' stand, if you want to explore it with him.

It'll be a good book to have anyway.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Knee Frame
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

Re: Knee Frame

Here's a picture of the frame which the Fife lads are working on.

Also one of a knee frame still in use at the admirable Great Cockcrow Railway.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Class 171 brake reservoir
Replies: 17
Views: 14191

Re: Class 171 brake reservoir

The NB versions of the loco were of course 4-4-0Ts or 0-6-0Ts, and they had an oval tank mounted athwartships between the frames. You could not have got a bogie in there without reducing the vertical depth of the reservoir. Did Drummond get over this on the 171's by a wider less deep reservoir and m...
by Jim Summers
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Buchanan Street station - are these remains?
Replies: 8
Views: 9668

Re: Glasgow Buchanan Street station - are these remains?

Ian asked how the remnants of the platform came to be there. Well, the Asst. Chief Constable for the BT Police, Archie McKenzie was responsible. He told me so himself. His Police HQ was built on the site - I watched it go up from my window - and when Archie realised that the platform was about to be...
by Jim Summers
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central Railway Tunnel Ventilator
Replies: 20
Views: 22835

Re: Glasgow Central Railway Tunnel Ventilator

Sadly, I cannot help with this, though I have long been fascinated by it. My involvement was with getting the line reopened, and I went through (in a Land Rover) once or twice. No mention was made of the vent by the Project Engineer, Sandy Adams, who was more concerned with the sewer which runs alon...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Nameboards and nameplates on C. R. signal boxes.
Replies: 23
Views: 13666

Re: Nameboards and nameplates on C. R. signal boxes.

This nomenclature business is getting interesting in regard to cabins and boxes. Here is what the draft for the book says: "Some railways called them signal cabins, and some called them signal boxes, but from the evidence, from engineering drawings to Board Minutes, the Caledonian called its signall...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: New Loco "Kit" "439" Class
Replies: 8
Views: 8485

Re: New Loco "Kit" "439" Class

I'd be interested in a 782 in 4mm.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Signalboxes - signal levers - colours
Replies: 4
Views: 5687

Re: Signalboxes - signal levers - colours

Here are the colours as quoted in Lewis's book on Mechanical Signalling of 1912. He was a Caledonian man, and it is accepted that although he tried to cover the country, his examples are frequently pure Caley practice. Sometimes it tantalisingly isn't! Anyway I think these colours will be OK. Jim S ...