Lamp Huts

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theparley
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Lamp Huts

Post by theparley » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:40 pm

GWR constructed their lamp huts in corrugated iron and Midland (then LMS) in asbestos cement; both material types being chosen for their incombustible properties. What type of lamp hut did the Caley build ?

dunalastairv
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by dunalastairv » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:25 am

I don't have a definitive answer to this but, as a matter of interest, the one still standing - against all the odds - at Fouldubs Junction, Grangemouth, is built of brick in a substantial style - though it is so overgrown that I can't see what the roof is made of from the non-trespassing side of the boundary fence. It might well be concrete.

Michael Dunn.

John Paton
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by John Paton » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:19 pm

There were standard lamp huts on later lines. Examples on the attached photos are of the standard Ballachulish branch lamp hut - a rather nice wee wooden building with a curved corrugated-iron roof. The door faced the platform and at the back there was a 12-pane window.

I also attach a scan of the more elaborate Lanarkshire & Ayrshire lamp, coal and ashpit building.

Hope that these are of interest.

John

Due to the 3-attachment rule I'll send the other photos in a separate post.
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John Paton
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Post by John Paton » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:21 pm

My other lamp hut illustrations .. .. ..
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MIKEWILLIAMS
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Post by MIKEWILLIAMS » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:59 pm

Here's a variation of the L&A style at Lochearnhead. Janet and I spent a holiday in the station-master's flat at Kentallen when it was let as self-catering accommodation in the late 70s. I measured everything on the station, including the lamp hut. If anyone wants a copy of the drawing, give me a pm.
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John Paton
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by John Paton » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:05 pm

The top part of this drawing is an example of the oil and coal stores of the big station rebuilding schemes of the 20th Century. In this case it is from the 1920 contract drawings for the rebuilding of Gartcosh and Glenboig stations.

John
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AndrewsDad
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by AndrewsDad » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:08 pm

A reply to Mike's photos of the Lamp Hut at Lochearnhead.
As you might be aware, the Station is owned (and kept in great nick!) by Hertfordshire Scouts and is used as an Outdoor Centre.
The Lamp Room is affectionately known as the Porters Lodge (which of course it wasn't).
We have it kitted out as a pair of bunkhouses sleeping 6 in one side and 4 in the other.
In the last year we have reroofed the building along with the main Station (see another thread on this Forum).
If I can only work out how to reduce the File Size of my photos, I will upload a few. It is looking very smart!

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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by MIKEWILLIAMS » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:25 am

The remains of the hut at Kentallen in 1979, showing the simple interior.

Best

Mike
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Loch Awe
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by Loch Awe » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:56 pm

According to a signalman friend of mine the brick building with hipped slated roof on the Dundee site of Barnhill signalbox (Perth) was a former lamp room. I'll look out a photo.

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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by Dave Lochrie » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:51 am

I can recognise the later pattern lampsheds in either timber or brick, usually located as far from the station buildings as possible, frequently this meant on the platform ramp itself, but does anyone know what they looked like prior to 1890? I attach 3 photos of a pattern of building that often appears at Caledonian stations. I have no way to check whether these are lamp rooms or what their function was, and the only way I can think of confirming usage is if one of the stations featured in the estate plans prepared just before the growing, a selection of which are held by NLS. There are numerous examples of this type of building of timber construction, square in plan with a window but no chimney and usually a lead/ zinc roof. They are separate from the main building but less remote than the lamp sheds identified above.
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AndrewsDad
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Post by AndrewsDad » Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:04 pm

I think I have mastered the technology! Two photos of the old Lamp/Coal Room at Lochearnhead now known as The Porters Lodge resplendent with the new Slate Roof.
Pictures taken on the same day at Easter 2015.
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Jim Summers
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by Jim Summers » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:46 pm

Very useful to my modelling. Thank you.

Jim S

Violets49
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Re: Lamp Huts

Post by Violets49 » Sun May 08, 2016 10:03 pm

Very interesting. I had assumed that the Caley had similar lamp huts (Corrugated iron) to other railways and scratchbuilt one for 'Bonkle'. It seems that I will now have to rethink. Oh well, another round Tuit required. :)

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