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by dunalastairv
Sat May 18, 2024 8:51 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Perth No. 5 Workshops.
Replies: 0
Views: 72

Perth No. 5 Workshops.

A friend of mine has asked me a question to which I have no answer. Is there a definitive history, or set of plans of the Caledonian's works at Perth? He has recently purchased a standard L.M.S. 3-aspect handlamp which is plated "Perth No. 5 Workshops". Does anyone know what took place at ...
by dunalastairv
Tue Apr 09, 2024 8:24 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Gradient Board
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Gradient Board

I think you'll find that's a B.R. replacement for a Caley board which was presumably lost or broken. As you say, it doesn't contain the letters "1 in ..." and the numbers are standard B.R. castings, normally used to identify points and attached to adjacent sleepers. The board has a chamfer...
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 03, 2024 8:33 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Lanark Station Staff Photograph
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Lanark Station Staff Photograph

Fascinating Angus, and a valuable piece of research. Thank you.
by dunalastairv
Mon Apr 01, 2024 12:53 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Caley? lamp on sale on Ebay
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: Caley? lamp on sale on Ebay

Good afternoon, I think that's the L.M.S. issue of the standard inner lamp and burner for a Caley 'drop flap' ground signal, although without exact dimensions I cannot be certain. The Caley definitely used lamps like this but didn't put 'CR' on them, just marking them, 'C' followed by the number. Th...
by dunalastairv
Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:21 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Partick Central (KelvinHall) Station
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Partick Central (KelvinHall) Station

With regard to the ornate lamp bracket on the front of the station, the Caley tended to buy decorative ironwork like this from George Smith's, Sun Foundry. I believe catalogues of their work still exist and a search through of one of these might find you a detailed diagram of this particular
design.
by dunalastairv
Wed Mar 20, 2024 7:47 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Lanark Station Staff Photograph
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Lanark Station Staff Photograph

Might I suggest, if it were possible, that this picture be published, suitably enhanced, as a whole page spread in an issue of TTL? It's just too good not to be admired by all our readers.
by dunalastairv
Fri Mar 15, 2024 7:30 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Lanark Station Staff Photograph
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Lanark Station Staff Photograph

What a perfectly wonderful photograph! With a little computer manipulation by someone who knows what they're doing (not me!) you could draw a lot more detail from it. Would I be right in thinking the poster board is headed 'Lanark Town Station'?
by dunalastairv
Mon Dec 11, 2023 1:43 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: ACCIDENT AT HEST BANK
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: ACCIDENT AT HEST BANK

Also plates 362 to 365 of my "Caledonian Miscellany" book - pictures courtesy of Mike Williams.
by dunalastairv
Tue Dec 05, 2023 7:06 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Callander - what is going on here?
Replies: 21
Views: 1746

Re: Callander - what is going on here?

Or perhaps, couple up to the rest of the up train while the excursionists are boarding ...
by dunalastairv
Tue Dec 05, 2023 7:04 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Callander - what is going on here?
Replies: 21
Views: 1746

Re: Callander - what is going on here?

I wonder if the clue lies in the extra coaching stock on the back road? Suppose this is to be used for the excursionists nearest the camera and in some complicated move, to be attached to the head of an up train? The staff would be keen to be quick about such an arrangement and have told the passeng...
by dunalastairv
Sat Nov 25, 2023 9:06 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mystery Photo
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Mystery Photo

Fogman's cabin and brazier bottom right, plus a view from an overbridge, so there must be a distant signal just out of view. I'm afraid I don't know where it is though ...
by dunalastairv
Fri Aug 18, 2023 3:53 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

A few more errors and amplifications have come to light, so there are one or two paragraphs to add to this thread. I am particularly grateful to Angus McIntosh, expert on all things Carstairs Junction, who has put me right on several matters and points out the following:- Plate 4. This view is looki...
by dunalastairv
Thu Aug 03, 2023 7:58 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

Thanks Graham, that really is fascinating: it means plans for the War were so well advanced that the government could despatch troops the very next day after the declaration, and it shows how organised the armed forces were in those days. I find it impossible to believe we could be so speedy today w...
by dunalastairv
Wed Aug 02, 2023 6:40 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

Good evening, Graham, firstly many thanks for your kind remarks, and secondly, many thanks for your photographs and amplifications. When this thread falls silent I will probably try to piece together a full errors and omissions list which might perhaps be worth putting in TTL? (Editor permitting.) O...
by dunalastairv
Fri Jul 28, 2023 4:29 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

Caley Jim, many thanks for your kind words - it matters a great deal what my peers think and your comments are much appreciated. I was fascinated to hear what you'd discovered about Cardean House: when doing my research, I did find two good quality photographs of the outside on the Internet, and als...
by dunalastairv
Wed Jul 19, 2023 9:42 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

John, That's very kind of you; perhaps we should call them slips. Would you post that picture of Dunblane for me? The three-arm signal seems to be the clincher for the location and others might be interested in this mystery being solved, especially as a copy of the photograph is in the C.R.A. archiv...
by dunalastairv
Tue Jul 18, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6946

Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

They say no book is ever published without a mistake and whilst I might have hoped mine would evade this rule, the sheer size of the work and number of pictures was inevitably going to stack the odds. And so it has proved! John Paton has made the following comments and corrections and it's only fair...
by dunalastairv
Tue Jul 11, 2023 8:05 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified signalboxes
Replies: 6
Views: 2381

Re: Unidentified signalboxes

The first series, with the boarded up box, is Bannockburn and one of these pictures appears in Jim Summers' signalling book. Not sure about the second yet.

Michael.
by dunalastairv
Tue Jun 27, 2023 9:41 am
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: A job description puzzle
Replies: 9
Views: 4449

Re: A job description puzzle

Ever the publicist! There is a picture of the Caledonian Blocks at Motherwell in my new book - see Plate 105.
by dunalastairv
Tue Apr 25, 2023 5:37 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Use of Water Tower Bases
Replies: 5
Views: 1612

Re: Use of Water Tower Bases

I am sure some of them contained pumping plant for drawing the water from source to the tank above, and this machinery could be quite extensive. There would also be provision for warming the tank in winter to prevent the water from freezing, so coal space would be needed for example.
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 12, 2023 8:20 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Uniform
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: Uniform

Hello Allan,

Your line about the "proper topper" comes from British Railways' film of the Elizabethan, featuring 60017.
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 12, 2023 4:12 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified station on FSLS database
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: Unidentified station on FSLS database

Hello John,

I understand now! I don't think there's any doubt that the mystery station is Drumclog. Everything fits and that's actually a very valuable image of a rarely photographed location.
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 12, 2023 7:07 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Unidentified station on FSLS database
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: Unidentified station on FSLS database

Am I missing something here? The platform seat in the photograph has 'Drumclog' neatly painted on it and I'm sure this is part of the original image, unlike the crudely painted in GSW engine.
by dunalastairv
Wed Apr 05, 2023 7:14 am
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Mid Lanark Lines in the 1960s
Replies: 51
Views: 6190

Re: Mid Lanark Lines in the 1960s

I think you will find image 5 is Dalserf. This station appeared in another query originated by Jim Summers in the 'private section' of the Forum and the building matches.
by dunalastairv
Sat Apr 01, 2023 10:25 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Trader's Wagon Registration
Replies: 23
Views: 6080

Re: Trader's Wagon Registration

Caley registration plates were made by a variety of different wagon builders and repairers. There are huge variations in the exact size, number of fixing holes, type face, etc. On the face of it the variations between these two should come as no surprise but I'm convinced 13511 is a replacement plate.