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by Jim Summers
Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central 1908 Signalling - Engineer Article
Replies: 4
Views: 4328

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: 19639

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: 19639

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: 10283

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: 19639

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: 4856

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: 22285

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: 14720

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: 15446

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: 14720

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: 31768

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: 4339

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: 15446

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: 10283

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: 24316

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: 15421

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 si...
by Jim Summers
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: New Loco "Kit" "439" Class
Replies: 8
Views: 9186

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: 6155

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 ...
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: 15421

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: 9010

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: 6289

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: 11092

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: 12497

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: 2696

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: 9642

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.