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by Jim Summers
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:55 pm
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.

Michael, Would you mind awfully if your splendid summary on the Caledonian nameplates appeared verbatim in the Association's book on Signalling? It is so much better that wot I wrote. Thanks to John Young, I have such plates to use for illustration, but could stand some more, if anyone has any to of...
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Classification of Goods Engines
Replies: 5
Views: 8533

Re: Classification of Goods Engines

This topic has gone a bit quiet of late, but I can tell you that Graham Todd is still on the case, which is more than can be said for his ailing laptop. He says the whole classification issue remains confusing. Campbell Cornwell also finds it not straightforward and says: “It has always been my cons...
by Jim Summers
Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Calling on arms
Replies: 9
Views: 5697

Re: Calling on arms

Yes, I am more than a little interested in this subject, and have already drafted quite a bit on Calling On arms. I have a picture, thanks to yet another Jim (our Chairman as usual), which fits Jim Watt's description exactly. The diamond is not painted on the arm, but projects above and below. Howev...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: NPCS Vehicles by Goods Train
Replies: 7
Views: 10544

Re: NPCS Vehicles by Goods Train

Moving swiftly from NPCCS to signals . . . . a Signalman was not supposed to return a Home signal until the whole train had passed beyond any points or crossings which it needed to use. He wasn't supposed to return it as soon as the front of the train had passed it, because that would have destroyed...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Adverse weather conditions
Replies: 7
Views: 11891

Re: Adverse weather conditions

I like that picture, Dave. Such a monster has been on display in the museum at Bo'ness in recent years. From ground level it is most impressive, and visitors are always bamboozled as to what it might be. I worked with an old locoman from the Buchan area, and his graphic descriptions of ploughing wit...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Milled Plastikard Coaches
Replies: 1
Views: 2470

Re: Milled Plastikard Coaches

Great stuff, Jim, and I admire the machining skill.
Quite cheered me up when looking at my inbox this morning.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Train moves within station limits
Replies: 6
Views: 9117

Re: Train moves within station limits

As threatened, here is chapter and verse from the Regualations for Train Signalling, the BR version of 1972, but it is very much the same as that produced by the RCH and signed up to by the General Managers of the old railways.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Train moves within station limits
Replies: 6
Views: 9117

Re: Train moves within station limits

Dare I bore everyone again by saying I hope this will be covered in the signalling book, which continues to make progress. I haven't time to go into all these examples at the moment, but as a quick answer, you could get away with most things in station limits, which were under the control of the sig...
by Jim Summers
Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: An etch of odds and ends
Replies: 12
Views: 11130

Re: An etch of odds and ends

Thank you, Dave, most helpful.

I was minded to see if it would be possible to do an oil lamp casing, suitable for platforms, signal boxes and the like. It could be delicate, but I think Andy Copp has achieved it for the Highland folk.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: An etch of odds and ends
Replies: 12
Views: 11130

Re: An etch of odds and ends

Jim asked about 2mm, not surprisingly.

I would think it is possible, but let's see what people want on the etch, and then I'll debate with my etching friend just how things could be accommodated.

JIm S
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: An etch of odds and ends
Replies: 12
Views: 11130

An etch of odds and ends

I have started this as a new subject, but some of you will remember a few weeks ago there was discussion on here about mileposts and point levers and things in general, which would be rather nice to have on a fret of wee Caledonian items. I had suggested that a friend might be prepared to put one to...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Newcastle services?????
Replies: 25
Views: 35817

Re: Newcastle services?????

At the Newcastle Exhibition in November I was talking to Paul Smith, who was exhibiting his beautiful 7mm Caledonian wagons. Paul is a great NBRSG researcher and published (in the NB Journal) his findings on the NB offices in Newcastle. He told me he is well forward with an article on the Caledonian...
by Jim Summers
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Balerno
Replies: 6
Views: 8186

Re: Balerno

Great stuff, Sinclair, and I especially liked the Inspector's Report. Did engineers for the line say who they used as signalling contractor, perchance?

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Does anyone recognise these models?
Replies: 9
Views: 6703

Re: Does anyone recognise these models?

Wind chimes and coffee stirrers. It is a wonderful hobby.
Actually those wooden stirrers have a hundred uses in modelling, as do clothes pegs, hair grips and nail varnish.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Screw Couplings
Replies: 2
Views: 3394

Screw Couplings

In "Another Place", the question has arisen of when screw couplings began to appear on coaching stock. People in This Place might have chapter and verse. In my own brief - very brief - researches into this I find examples in “Midland Railway Carriages” showing screw shackle couplings on vehicles bui...
by Jim Summers
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Wandering Coaching Stock
Replies: 4
Views: 7237

Re: Wandering Coaching Stock

Anent GER stock, I have now found my notes of Graham Todd's talk in October 1998 to the Association about Special Traffic Notices of the year 1908. He referred to the Caley making a lot of use of NER stock in particular, but commented that "for fishworkers coming back from the English East Coast, th...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Wandering Coaching Stock
Replies: 4
Views: 7237

Re: Wandering Coaching Stock

You are right about the GER exchange, Jim, if I recall Graham Todd's absorbing talk to the Association many years ago. At least they were both Westinghouse. As I recall, a lot of Scottish stock went south with the fisher women. Graham is not yet on this forum, but proposes to join when his laptop ge...
by Jim Summers
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Interlaced pointwork
Replies: 17
Views: 11345

Re: Interlaced pointwork

Most impressive, Jim. I would worry about it being too flimsy when you pick it up. Was that a problem? In my efforts I have slipped a long sleeper in to hold it all together. I also use an Iain Rice trick of soldering a pieces of scrap rail on TOP of the rails, right across the formation in various ...
by Jim Summers
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Conner Cabs
Replies: 8
Views: 6136

Locomotive cab fronts by Connor

This started off as a topic under Bill Auld's fine "Eaglesham", but I think it is interesting enough in its own right. I have done a few of those cabs and use the method with the "fingers" of nickel silver bent over from the front spectacle plate, amply filled with solder and filed. If any holes or ...
by Jim Summers
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Conner Cabs
Replies: 8
Views: 6136

Conner Cabs

I have done a few of those cabs and use the method with the "fingers" of nickel silver bent over from the front spectacle plate, amply filled with solder and filed. If any holes or unevenesses result then I sort that with Milliput. Takes a wee while, but it is controllable. I don't find the same met...
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Classification of Goods Engines
Replies: 5
Views: 8533

Re: Classification of Goods Engines

Graham Todd cannot yet join the Forum until his laptop is pronounced fully well again, but I did ask him about classifications. I attach his response, and clearly there is much more research to be done to bottom this business. It is all connected of course with the methods of operation of freight an...
by Jim Summers
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian and the Lake District
Replies: 9
Views: 12999

Caledonian and the Lake District

Some of you may know Mike Peascod, a great champion of the Furness Railway and the production talent behind the successful series of books by the Cumbrian Railway Society. He is seeking any information on whether the Caledonian made any efforts to market trips into the Lake District, and I set out b...
by Jim Summers
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Wagon Sheets
Replies: 11
Views: 12345

Re: Wagon Sheets

I had an acquaintance with wagon sheets in my big railway existence. They were like gold dust and were reported like wagons (well, less honestly) and controlled by the Sheet Superintendent. Instructions on folding and using them were in one of a series of green A5 size booklets in BR days, which unf...
by Jim Summers
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Eaglesham in print
Replies: 4
Views: 4151

Re: Eaglesham in print

Dash it, Bill.
I was in Smiths at Queen St at 2145 last night. Had I but known!
Congratulations anyway on getting the Caley to the fore.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 171 class wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 5531

Re: 171 class wheels

I may be able to help my old friend Jim. We Jims have to stick together. As for the form tool for P4 profile, according to Dave Booth a few years ago, the late lamented Sid Stubbs was going to make a supply, but was getting on a bit and became frightened by the amount of interest shown and felt he c...