John Smith’s loft layout

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John Smith’s loft layout

Post by jasp » Mon May 18, 2020 11:11 am

I came across this video on Youtube starring the late John (complete with the odd expletive) and the late Tom McGhee, which brought back many memories. I had the good fortune to live on the other side of the dual carriageway from John.
I would be interesting to know when it was done and who did the video.
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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by jimwatt2mm » Mon May 18, 2020 11:31 am

An impressive set-up with an impressive amount of stock and some atmospheric industrial scenery.

According to the response to one of the comments, it was the poster's father, Donald Campbell, who filmed it.

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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by John Paton » Mon May 18, 2020 12:25 pm


That is a nostalgic clip - not only of John and Tom, but also of the layout which I saw in operation a few times.


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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by lindsay_g » Mon May 18, 2020 1:51 pm

And here's more on YouTube :

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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by Dave John » Mon May 18, 2020 8:09 pm

Thanks for posting the link, I enjoyed watching that.

A huge collection of stock, and it seemed to run well.

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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by caleyJim » Tue May 19, 2020 10:06 am

John was always a good customer! A lot of his stock was built by Robin McHugh.

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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by tony brenchley » Fri May 22, 2020 9:15 am

Wonderful. I did not know about this model and obviously missed a treat.
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Re: John Smith’s loft layout

Post by Jim Summers » Fri May 22, 2020 11:43 am

To my mind, the notable thing was that whereas most of us would have one example of a class of locomotives, John had proper fleets of various classes.
One lovely scene was where he took the roof off the main station to reveal Kippendavie at a Boardroom table ruling that the Caley should not be allowed any coal.

Typical John.


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