Aberdeen during WW1

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Douglas Hind
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Aberdeen during WW1

Post by Douglas Hind » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:38 pm

The following query has been received from Kenneth Clark of the GNSRA. Can anyone help?

I'm not a member of the Association though I am a member of the GNSRA. Not
being a member I cannot post on your Forum. I am interested in the use of
Aberdeen during WW1, the docks, Guild St and the Caley/NB sidings at
Craiginches where wagons from the south were left until routed through Guild
St to the docks. Is there anything published by you on this area? In
particular how were the wagons delivered to Guild St and how picked up
again. Did the GNSR shunters cross the river and take them back or did the
Caley have dedicated locos at Ferryhill during the war which carried out
these duties? Are there any photos of any of these operations (indeed any
Caley operations) during WW1?

Jim Summers
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Re: Aberdeen during WW1

Post by Jim Summers » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:55 pm

I don't personally have detailed information on the traffic flows and how handled, but offer two comments:

firstly, the gentleman should get hold of "British Railways and the Great War", by Edwin Pratt, who discusses authoritatively and in considerable detail what each railway did;

secondly, the Aberdeen station area and approaches were rebuilt in 1914, and include connections on the east side of the station from the Caley to a GNoSR yard. That gave rise to an interesting "limit of shunt" signal, which is illustrated in the Caley signalling book, now with BDL/Lightmoor for publishing.

Jim S

Niall Ferguson
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Re: Aberdeen during WW1

Post by Niall Ferguson » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:45 pm

There are of course a great series of photographs of the reconstruction of Aberdeen Station during the Great War. One of these, below, shows what appear to be Caledonian 4-wheel carriages at Aberdeen on the left beyond the WCJS TPOs - can anyone give a reason (other than an excursion, which seems unlikely in the depths of the war) why they should be at Aberdeen?
Aberdeen station during the 1916 reconstruction
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Re: Aberdeen during WW1

Post by jimwatt2mm » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:20 pm

4 wheeled coaches were used on the Angus branches, so I suppose it doesn't need a leap of imagination for them to travel up to Aberdeen. They could also have been used on a troop train as I would imagine anything and everything available would be pressed into service for these. Just speculation on my part.

Jim W

dumb buffer
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Re: Aberdeen during WW1

Post by dumb buffer » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:07 pm

Is there any chance these could be GNSR coaches?

Allan F

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