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Caledonian last won the day on March 23 2010

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    Currently near Backworth Colliery but originally from Aberdeen (Kitty)
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    Scottish and North Eastern Railways, especially colliery lines. Apart from that there's two sons and a bull mastiff to keep me out of trouble

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  1. I'm mildly surprised that this thread has come so far without a single reference to the Wisbech and Upwell...
  2. A possibility might be the Waterloo Goods branch in Aberdeen. Railway history in Aberdeen was a touch fractured, so bear with me, but in simplified terms it was approached from the south by what eventually became the Caledonian, terminating on the present [Joint] Station site, close by the western end of the harbour. Totally unconnected with it was what became the Great North of Scotland Railway which commenced at Waterloo Quay, further to the east. In the course of time the two were connected by a new line running directly north between what thus became the Joint Station and Kittybrewster Station on the GNoSR. The line from the original GNoSR terminus on Waterloo Quay to Kittybrewster then became a freight only line. In terms of setting you pays your money and you takes your pick. Some of the surrounding were industrial, some residential and even bucolic. There were interchange sidings for the gas works and even such rail-served oddities as at least one granite-turning works [think columns for classical facades] - all buildings were granite of course whether cottages or factories, although to be honest wriggly tin wasn't unknown on the industrial side. And if you really want to be unusual part of the route was [and still is] laid along the bed of the former Aberdeenshire Canal, making for a unique style of cutting.
  3. Exactly so, which is another reason for producing a Peckett quality Neilson/North British puggy rather than the Caley version, to help distinguish between the old and the new
  4. There are some differences, but the big problem is that Smokey Joe is substantially overscaled - 9mm too long and over 5mm too high [and don't ask me about the wheels] which is a lot on such a small loco, and in addition the firebox has been inflated to accomodate the motor. I've tried detailing it and masking some of its faults but in the end its just too big. We really are looking at a complete new tooling and yes, it would be sensible to mark this by producing the North British rather than the Caley version - but think of the easy conversion possibilities
  5. My understanding is that aside from some of the excellent reasons given above, it was also considered good practice to turn tank engines in order to equalise the wear on the tyres.
  6. I don't recall the numbers [or where I found them] but I believe the most northerly allocation was Carlisle - or did any creep further north during the early LMS period?
  7. Splendid. Exactly what I wanted to know
  8. I know and he's great. I just wish there was somebody doing the same further back
  9. There is at least one very useful website [http://www.brdatabase.info/index.php] tracing the history - shed allocations - of all British Railways locos. However there's a fatal flaw in that it starts off with where a locomotive was sitting in 1948 and is silent as to its earlier history. Is there a comparable site for LMS and other pre-grouping allocations. My particular interest at the moment lies in a Black 5 no 5162/45162. In 1948 it was at Perth South and afterwards went on to an obligatory stint at Polmadie and then Carlisle Kingmoor before spending 10 years at Aberdeen Ferryhill. Very much a Scottish loco from 1948 therefore, but what about before then? I seem to recall someone mentioning that there was a big changeover after the war, bringing quite a number of locos north. 5162 one of them or was it always Scottish?
  10. Interestingly enough I was watching young Mr May the other day in a quite different programme where he and two casual acquaintances went driving in China. It was, quite frankly, astonishing to see how technically advanced and at least outwardly prosperous the place is. Now it wasn't going into what goes on in the factories, but very clearly any impression that we're talking about cut-price sweat-shops staffed by the grateful poor is very wide of the mark
  11. I'll cheerfully confess my ignorance on this one, but can recall as a kid being sent out to pillage the trackbed of the the old Ballater line for lumps of coal. There was a surprising amount of it, but it wasn't very good on an ordinary domestic fire. It was fine if added to an already roaring hot one, but very reluctant to light on its own. I'd suspect therefore that there were indeed dedicated stores of "small coals" for stoves, rather than nicking it off the tender
  12. David Smith had some very unkind things to say about about Fowler 3F tanks in his Legends of the Glasgow & South Western Railway in LMS Days, and commented "I have seen it written that it was G&SW men who christened those engines Jinties. As far as I am concerned, I never heard the term used. I do not think that the G&SW men used any such term for those engines. Their scorn was too great."
  13. The road deck continued in use although I imagine that the new bridge has drawn ff a lot of the traffic. One of the route options considered for extending the Metro system from Tyneside to Sunderland involved carrying it over the Wear on the rebuilt rail deck.
  14. Caledonian

    Airfix B set

    Thank you all, time to give it a go - and here was me once upon a time swearing total indifference to Great Western modelling.
  15. Caledonian

    Airfix B set

    Apologies for my ignorance on the detail, but my small GWR collection originally came about by accident rather than design. The Sharpie sounds like a good idea but how do the coaches actually come apart? Are the bogies held on with press studs which can be levered out then allowing the whole thing to dis-assemble, or is there something else? Once it's reduced it to a kit of parts, the current livery as painted is basically chocolate and cream separated by a thin gold line, and, as mentioned a shirt-button roundel. For the shirt-button period should the drop lights still be Indian Red - or cream as currently painted, and secondly I'm assuming that the compartment paneling will be varnished plywood, but what about the colour of the seats?
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