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by Alisdair
Fri Feb 02, 2024 2:12 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Callander - what is going on here?
Replies: 21
Views: 1740

Re: Callander - what is going on here?

Could it be after the death of a local notable, with the coffin in a van and mourners in the carriages, going off for burial elsewhere (the coffin, not the mourners)?
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Wed Oct 04, 2023 6:29 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Glasgow Central Low Level Station
Replies: 11
Views: 2023

Glasgow Central Low Level Station

John Paton's excellent article on Central as the initial chapter of his series on the GCR stations has certainly clarified my, previously vague, understanding of its development. John raises the question of access to the platform on the north side between the siding and eastbound loop. Could it be t...
by Alisdair
Fri Aug 11, 2023 6:01 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".
Replies: 24
Views: 6936

Re: Mistakes in "Caledonian Railway Miscellany".

Dunno, but our Chairman might?
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Mon Jul 17, 2023 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: Pig iron loads
Replies: 18
Views: 7134

Re: Pig iron loads

A sand drying kiln would be logical. I wouldn't fancy being anywhere nearby when molten iron is poured over damp sand...
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Mon Apr 24, 2023 6:01 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Use of Water Tower Bases
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Use of Water Tower Bases

Jim Watt and I have been discussing the use of water tower bases on the Caley for more than just the housing of valves and creating elevation for the tanks. It hinges around the fact that Forfar had four very large arch topped windows in the tower suggesting two storeys. Were there offices within th...
by Alisdair
Tue Apr 04, 2023 5:57 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cambusnethan goods shed
Replies: 23
Views: 3242

Re: Cambusnethan goods shed

I wonder if the photo of Dunblane was taken in the 60s. The waste paper bin on the wall looks "modern" to my eyes. (Half a century ago, now.)
I know that there were some more varied colour schemes by the late 70s. Could the photo have been taken then.
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Sun Jan 01, 2023 4:27 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cambusnethan goods shed
Replies: 23
Views: 3242

Re: Cambusnethan goods shed

Found the pictures of Muirend, now attached. One has April 1970 on the back, so not quite late 60s. Taken when 15, with an extremely basic camera, negatives lost and prints have been kicking about and abused for over half a century. One of them has blue spots of paint on it - how did that happen? At...
by Alisdair
Sat Dec 31, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Coach Mystery
Replies: 9
Views: 1583

Re: Another Coach Mystery

Ah! Should have thought beyond the obvious when looking at the livery. (Not that WCJS on the HR main line is not pretty obvious.)The WCJS D40 makes sense. I'll catalogue the photo accordingly.
Thanks all, for your help.
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Fri Dec 30, 2022 7:51 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Another Coach Mystery
Replies: 9
Views: 1583

Another Coach Mystery

This is an extract from a photo recently donated to the Highland Railway Society. It shows a southbound train in Blair Atholl station in early LMSR days. The first coach, as shown on the extract is clearly a Caley beast. It seems to show a 57 foot Brake Composite with two Firsts followed by 4 Third ...
by Alisdair
Fri Dec 30, 2022 6:35 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Cambusnethan goods shed
Replies: 23
Views: 3242

Re: Cambusnethan goods shed

From memory, in the late 60s, Muirend goods shed was painted an all over mid brown. I did take some photos with my very basic camera at the time (doing my paper round...) I don't have much hope of finding them in my piling (not a typo) system, but I'll have a look.
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Flat bottom rail
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Re: Flat bottom rail

Whilst UK main line railways didn't start experimenting with flat bottom rail until the mid 1930s, it was used on a number of minor lines in pre-grouping days. The Highland used FB spiked directly on sleepers on the Dornoch and Wick and Lybster Light Railways. Perhaps the Caley did on similar minor ...
by Alisdair
Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Operation, Administration
Topic: Caledonian Railway Staff List
Replies: 36
Views: 11960

Re: Caledonian Railway Staff List

Perhaps it was as a result of the deceased's wish to be buried in the place of their youth. (The wish having been determined by the deceased prior to death, rather than by means of a Ouija board...) There is a short story by RB Cunningham Graham called "Beattock for Moffat" which tells the...
by Alisdair
Mon Jun 27, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: 4mm kit/RTR model of Caley 439 class?
Replies: 5
Views: 3653

Re: 4mm kit/RTR model of Caley 439 class?

I remember Ronnie Cockburn started a small wave of mock 439s in the 70s by converting a Triang M7. It was quite convincing. Maybe something similar can be done with the Hornby M7 available today? Alisdair
by Alisdair
Wed May 18, 2022 10:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Resources
Topic: PopUp model CR Signal Box (southern division type S4) kit, and model kits of Brechin Station
Replies: 11
Views: 2112

Re: PopUp model CR Signal Box (southern division type S4) kit, and model kits of Brechin Station

Looks like 9 inch up to floor level with single skin above. Some lateral support must be provided by the chimney breast. As there seems to be no headers on the outer wall, perhaps tie in was done by metal bed ties. This would allow flexibility when building in chimney breast.
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Fri Jan 28, 2022 5:13 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: 'Hooks' on Connor tenders
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Re: 'Hooks' on Connor tenders

Given the handrail on the side of the tender, it looks like it might have been assumed that someone was expected to be hanging on during movement. Could the hooks be for a shunting pole?
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Q&A
Topic: River 4-6-0 938 class
Replies: 7
Views: 3416

Re: River 4-6-0 938 class

I look after the drawing collection of the Highland Railway Society. We own a copy of a GA of the engine only at 3/4" to the foot. It has little in the way of backhead detail. We also own a paper copy of the Tatlow drawing (very legible!). Both of these can be provided digitally or on paper (al...
by Alisdair
Tue May 11, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment
Replies: 13
Views: 4128

Re: And the last of my photo puzzles for the moment

It could be southbound on the Highland main line near Moulinearn. Low embankment and the telegraph pole seems to be carrying the same cross arms as a couple of photos known to be taken near Moulinearn (see FSL Entries HRS4526 and 4549). Screenshot from Google Maps in that area shows what could be th...
by Alisdair
Tue May 11, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: And could this really be Perth?
Replies: 5
Views: 2033

Re: And could this really be Perth?

Excellent detective work, John Just to confirm your proposition (if it needs an more confirmation), this is an extract from a Highland Railway Society photo (FSLS Entry 5259) which is undated but appears to have been taken in LMSR days i.e . some time later than the Edwardian photo, but with the sta...
by Alisdair
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Basket on turntable
Replies: 12
Views: 4393

Re: Basket on turntable

My thoughts initially were that it was to assist lateral balancing, but the small moment imparted by the weight of the basket and its contents (whatever it is) would be very small given the loads on the table.
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Basket on turntable
Replies: 12
Views: 4393

Basket on turntable

There is a photo of Black Five LMSR5014 on the turntable at Balornock (FSLS entry CRA18544). There is what appears to be a basket of bricks hanging from a wee cantilever bracket on the turntable on its midpoint (extract from photo attached). Plant_01_011extract.jpg What would have been it's purpose?...
by Alisdair
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company
Replies: 31
Views: 11338

Re: Unidentified Location and Carriages and Possibly Company

I think the carriages and footbridge are GNSR. Maud station on Peterhead platform, possibly?
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Mystery Wagon
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Re: Mystery Wagon

Thanks Mike
It's always nice to be able to identify rolling stock in the background of photos. It's just a pity that photographers obviously had a great problem in taking good shots as it seems that locomotives nearly always rolled into view just as the shutter was released...
Alisdair
by Alisdair
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Mystery Wagon
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Mystery Wagon

This pair of wagons appear in the background of a photo of an exHR Small Ben at Blair Atholl in 1936. (A poorer quality image of the same photo can be seen at HRS ref Loco_22_130 in the SLS database). The nearer wagon seems to be an exCR diagram 47 twin wagon. The other wagon is clearly a fixed side...
by Alisdair
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Structures, Equipment
Topic: Where is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 1995

Re: Where is it?

Thanks