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by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Stevens ground frames
Replies: 10
Views: 8933

Re: Stevens ground frames

I would certainly be interested in the Stevens catalogue material, Dave. I have been looking in vain for such a thing for the Caledonian Signalling book. The CRA has been in touch with the good fellow restoring the Stevens Knee Frame and arranged for some parts to be supplied by the SRPS at Bo'ness....
by Jim Summers
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Ardrossan Station
Replies: 5
Views: 6534

Re: Ardrossan Station

Dave's recollections of the steamer to Whiting Bay might be revived by the book "The Marchioness of Graham: a Purser's Log", by Richard M. Orr, published by the Grimsay Press. A different view of activities of the ship.

Jim S.
by Jim Summers
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Limewash for cattle wagons
Replies: 2
Views: 5075

Limewash for cattle wagons

In Another Place, well, the Highland Railway Society chatgroup actually, a question is being kicked around as to when the practice ceased of disinfecting of cattle wagons by limewashing. The whiteness is prominent enough in photos, but it is believed to have ended in the 1920s, it is said. Anyone on...
by Jim Summers
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Stevens ground frames
Replies: 10
Views: 8933

Re: Stevens ground frames

I wish I did know. The forthcoming book on Caledonian Signalling, which I am still wrestling with, will have wee section on ground frames and Messrs Stevens, and it would be great to be able to say an etch was available. Perhaps those who would be interested in such a thing, would indicate the scale...
by Jim Summers
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Brake Ends
Replies: 18
Views: 13221

Re: Brake Ends

I note from the Wemyss Bay picture that a certain group of passengers are wearing Wild West bandit-style face masks. Now, we can be sure of the colour of these, because they should equate to that of the American railroad engineer's neck kerchiefs. Since I bought one of those in Colorado, I can claim...
by Jim Summers
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12
Replies: 4
Views: 4831

Re: Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12

David, The argument about preservation, conservation, restoration is one for a discussion over a pint, or more, I fear. I am no expert, though I am involved in carriage restoration at Bo'ness. I'll pass you the email address of Dr McPhee in a Personal Message, and you can ask him about viewing the b...
by Jim Summers
Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12
Replies: 4
Views: 4831

Re: Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12

John, I approached Alistair McPhee, who is the guru on such things, and here is his reply, which is rather sad. Jim S Alistair says: I was around when 464 was saved for the collection, having used her for a tour of the Bandeath site in 1970. She came to Falkirk - by rail, although unbraked, in 1971....
by Jim Summers
Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O
Replies: 16
Views: 14242

Re: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O

David asked for a higher res copy of the signal in Dave's picture. This might do - it has been very heavily cropped and I trust the original photographer would not mind, since it was clearly the train which interested him. I am aware I am still supposed to post some more on the composite sleeper, an...
by Jim Summers
Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Point Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 35179

Re: Point Levers

Chaps, While I have been struggling with a computer failure and the vagaries of a new and allegedly improved computer, you have all pretty well completed for me the chapter I was preparing for the book on "Signalling the Caledonian". Some wonderful stuff there, and some photos I have not seen before...
by Jim Summers
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 4mm Locomotive, a potential new kit
Replies: 9
Views: 8132

Re: 4mm Locomotive, a potential new kit

I would be sorry to see the chance of an 80 Class go. I have the Willie Stewart drawing, which the Association sells as No. 32, and it states (as always) "scaled from GA drawing". So he had access to something. That said, what about offering John Redrup a copy of our drawing No.32 and asking if that...
by Jim Summers
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Locomotive Wheel Specifications
Replies: 1
Views: 3512

Locomotive Wheel Specifications

Modellers and, I hope, others will be aware of the valuable book which Mike Sharman produced giving the wheel specifications, complete with spokes, crank throw etc., for all classes of locos from the ancient to the relatively modern. A monumental piece of hard work, it has been out print for some ti...
by Jim Summers
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Modelling Paints
Replies: 23
Views: 20565

Re: Modelling Paints

David, If you are talking car spray, I have used (to my satisfaction if nobody else's) Ford's Ocean Blue over grey primer for locos, and for coaches, Rover Burgundy Red. The latter was approved by Duncan Burton, but I am not sure if it is available nowadays. I haven't used car spray for wagons, so h...
by Jim Summers
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: Gauge 1 modelling
Replies: 1
Views: 4417

Re: Gauge 1 modelling

Never mind the colour, don't these look absolutely great?
And I have to say that I generally am not inspired by G&SWR locos, but that one is as handsome a specimen as I have ever seen.
Great to see such photos on the Forum.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Lattice post signals in 4mm
Replies: 9
Views: 9265

Re: Lattice post signals in 4mm

Lindsay was asking about pulley wheels for signals. Brassmasters do these, which I hope to investigate at Scaleforum this weekend (Hint to all who would like to see some good modelling, and the Assocation will be represented). P0004 Brassmasters Signal wheels and bases (16 wheels)) £3.50 per pkt Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Kirriemuir; Arbroath - Forfar; Friockheim
Replies: 0
Views: 2803

Kirriemuir; Arbroath - Forfar; Friockheim

I recently took advantage of John Paton's offer in the last TTL (I hope other modellers did too), wherein he said he was prepared to send people copies of a pdf. of the drawings from his Friockheim article. These had had to be constrained a bit for reproduction in the magazine. The latest Steam Days...
by Jim Summers
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O
Replies: 16
Views: 14242

Re: LNWR/WCJS Coaches on the C&O

Keith mentioned the WCJS sleeper to Oban. I have done a bit of research on this, and have made (but not yet finished) a model in 4mm scale. These were curious animals, known as thick and thin, I believe. One half was 9 foot wide, and looked like a WCJS ornate sleeper. The other half was thinner and ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Interlaced sleepering at points
Replies: 0
Views: 3503

Interlaced sleepering at points

A bit of debate has been taking place amongst those of a Highland Railway persuasion on interlacing and some interesting opinions have been emerging. I felt obliged to offer them Matheson's comments, which you will all have read in TTL of course, with an advert for the CRA, so I don't feel too bad a...
by Jim Summers
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12
Replies: 4
Views: 4831

Caledonian Coaches at Bo'ness 09.09.12

Thought folk might be interested to see the Caley vehicles in use at the SRPS Vintage Carriages day yesterday.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Wagon origin
Replies: 8
Views: 7790

Re: Wagon origin

Nil return from this reader, Jim.

Jim S
by Jim Summers
Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Lattice post signals in 4mm
Replies: 9
Views: 9265

Re: Lattice post signals in 4mm

I have used MSE etches happily, with their whitemetal appurtenances, but you can get etches from Alan Gibson, which look nice. I have been playing with operation by servos, and we have converted all the "Burntisland 1883" signals to this method. It is pretty good, especially if your posts semaphores...
by Jim Summers
Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Does anyone recognise these models?
Replies: 9
Views: 6561

Re: Does anyone recognise these models?

Funny that, Ross, I was given an identical pair of bolster wagons a few years ago, and meant to find out more about the provenance, but didn't ever do so. However, the mineral wagon looks like a Model Wagon Company whitemetal one to me.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: A crane at Perth
Replies: 3
Views: 4764

Re: A crane at Perth

Well worth showing again, Allan.
Anything of signalling interest in the full-size picture?

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Water Tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 7806

Re: Water Tanks and Red Pigments

Looks like I forgot to compress the attachment last time, so here we are again, properly, I hope.

Jim
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Water Tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 7806

Re: Water Tanks and Red Pigments

Chaps, I consulted an engineer colleague who had the Forth Bridge in his portfolio until his recent retirement and was much concerned with the recent refurbishment, and I sent him the paint production description from Jim MacIntosh. His reply is worth reading in full, so I attach it, along with the ...
by Jim Summers
Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Carriage Diagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 3046

Carriage Diagrams

Talking to the chap recording new acquisitions to the Archives of the SRPS today, I discovered he was in the very act of "acquisitioning" a beautiful hand-drawn diagram book "Index of CR Saloon Carriages". In fact, this is confined to Officers Saloon, Family and Invalid Carriages, but it certainly l...