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  1. I like the crane. I photographed a simliar crane on the harbour at Caernarfon in 2011
  2. Hi. Regarding the MacBraynes vehicles. Kits and Transfers are available from more than one source. Marsden make kits for various MacBraynes types as does Sunrise Sunrise also make comprehensive sets of transfers for MacBraynes buses and also 'Highland Omnibuses' who took over MacBraynes bus operations in 1970. George (Sunrise) also makes the 'Royal Route' emblems that would be applied to the cab doors of MacBraynes Lorries pre 1970.
  3. I don't think any stations on the West highland /C&O lines were ever white and blue. Very few Scottish stations were White and blue. The above looke about right for steam era but on most wooden buildings the below window ledge area was usually brown. In the early sixties, C&O stations were painted in what were described as 'Pastel' colours Pale blue pale pink ect. some were also green. I think West Highland stations were originally cream with dark blue framing or green. In the mid eighties they were an 'Interesting' two tone green which didn't have universal approval. If you are modelling Strachur, remember that James Bond (AKA Sir Fitzroy MacLean) was the landlord of the Strachur Inn
  4. Re, MacBraynes Lorries. The 'crests' on the cab doors are the 'Royal route' emblems and are available from sunrise transfers @ £1 for a pair. The reason for the change of livery is that after MacBraynes was wholly nationalised as a result of the 1968n Transport Act (And the desire of Caost lines to get rid of their share) The bus operations was given to 'Highland' and the lorries were formed intom a stand alone company 'MacBraynes Haulage Ltd. within the Scottish Transport Group. This was layer sold to Billy Walker and became 'Kildonan MacBraynes Ltd.' After the change, the Royal Route emblem was replaced by a highlander. George (Sunrise) make highlanders but they are intended for buses and are too big for the lorry cab doors. Mabex make smaller versions which may fit the doors. Hope this is of assistance.
  5. Sorry if its been mentioned already but there is a new book in the pipeline on the Port Road By Andrew Swan I believe publication is (At July 2016) imminent. published jointly by Lightmoor Publications and the CRA/G&SWRA.
  6. Heres some photos of a Scottish themed layout I am currently working on (When I can get the chance) Scale is 'N' and the loaction is Bonkle, a real village in Lanarkshire just to the north of Wishaw. Bonkle never had a railway but nearby Newmains did. The Station Buildings are based on those of nearby Wilsontown. The Signal cabin and water tower are based on those at Upper Greenock and which I could see out of my bedroom window for the first 21 years of my life. The W/T was the subject of an intresting discussion on the CRA Forum which resulted in drawings being published in the 'True Line' Not mutch of a senic nature has been done yet. I need get a Round Tuit.
  7. Just found this and frankly I'd forgotten about this. I thought it had gone west long ago. I bought three of issue one to get the coaches. If i recall they were Bachmann with a basic paint job and underorated but excellent value for £1:99 The proprietor of a certain Glasgow model shop is reputed to have bought the entire stock from W.H.Smith's in Argyle street and sold them on at a lot more than £1:99. He certainly had some on sale.
  8. I obtained a copy of this magazine from the NGS stand at the Model Rail Scotland show in February. I have never clapped eyes on it anywhere else either before or since so i assume it's a subscription only mag. I agree with green diesel that the production was poor. The feel I got was that of 'Practical Model Railways' in its dying days. The article on 'Minitrix' was full of inaccuracies (Having rebuilt most of the Minitrix range out of all recognition over the last forty five years I know a thing or two about them!) and I found nothing of real intrest in the rest of the magazine. Frankly, I find the NGS Journal a far superior publication. Sorry if I'm a wet blanket here but I just wasn't taken by the magazine and I tend to avoid Subscription only publications like the plague..
  9. Sorry to hear that MTI has folded. Actually i thought it had folded years ago. I was a subscriber and had just renewed my subscription when the magazines stopped. I always meant to enquire but never got around to it as at the time I had other issues in my life. Anyway, what brought it to mind was that fed up waiting for the new Bachmann Ivatt 2-6-2Tanks with the revised chassis, and wanting to fit Kaydees, I happened to chance on a narticle in MTI 16 which gave instructions to fit Kaydees to British stock without NEM362 pockets. Problem solved and just one of the useful articles that were to be found in SMT and MTI. Best wishes to chris Ellis and hopes for a long retirement.
  10. This is s splendid drawing of a Glasgow tenement of the better kind. Most of the surviving tenements are of this sort. Very definitely 'Wally close' There is a very famous painting called 'A window on the west' of a tenement of this sort with the bay windows. May I say that there are plenty of photo albums now available with tenements from all over Scotland. Stenlake now publish a landscape format booklet of 'old photos' for almost every town and district in Scotland and many in England as well. They also now publish larger books. There are also the 'Glasgow' books published by the Glasgow Herald.
  11. Jonhall- With regards to whether hauliers would replace short trailers right away, In fact before the C&U regs were changed in 1964 (Nothing to do with Freightliner BTW) artics weren't all that common. the eight wheeler being the 'workhorse' for general haulage. An eight wheeler could be 28tons GVW as could an artic. but you required an additional licence to drive an artic. Consequently, only those who had an operational requirement for artics used them. In 1964 the maximum practical GVW for an eight legger was raised to 30 tons that for an artic was raised to 32 (Dubbed by the press 'Juggernaughts') thereby giving artics a 2ton advantage. After this many hauliers went to Artics. Remember, longer trailers needed more powerful units. Apparently no UK manufacturers were ready with a 32 ton tractive unit. This led to the influx of continental units. in the late sixties.
  12. pH-Many (Nay ALL) surviving Greenock Victorian tenements have been extensively rebuilt and re roofed and mostly have had the Attic flats removed. Having once visited an attic flat in a now long gone tenement, I'm not in the least surprised. You are correct to say that many didn't have attic flats in the first place. My comment was a generalisation from my observations that Glasgow tenements seemed to be on average a floor higher than those elsewhere. Edinburgh especially around the Royal Mile had very high tenements eight or nine storeys in some cases. Trisonic.- I have never encountered the name 'Glasgow Brownstone'(But I will enquire) Most tenements in Glasgow were blonde sandstone. a creamy yellow stone But as a previous post said until the seventies when the survivors were cleaned, they were black with soot. Some were of a red sandstone. certainly in Greenock only the better sort of tenements were of red sandstone. What we called 'Wally close' tenements because the closes were clad with glazed (Wally) tiles often very ornate.
  13. Interesting subject. There are still many tenements remaining in Scotland. As previous posts have said, different areas and different eras were all ... 'different' Glasgow tenements varied from area to area. Bay windows were usually only found on the better type. (West end, parts of Cathcart and the Sooth Side' Glasgow tenements were typically of four floors with no 'Attic' flats. Greenock tenements were three story with attics (Dormer windows.) West coast was usually Blonde Sandstone. Lanarkshire was a distinctive red sandstone. Aberdeen was famously Granite. Victorian tenements had an internal ceiling height of about ten feet. Tenements built after the great war had lower ceilings and were usually of Harled Brick. Those built in Greenock after the last war had red sandstone bases and pebble-dash above ground floor window level. any built after 1970 (Rare) were without chimney stacks, Georgian tenements are extremely rare these days but they had much lower internal ceilings than the later Victorian blocks and the distinctive Georgian four by three windows. Technically, 'tenement' refers to any rented property an comes from the phrase 'in tenemens' meaning to hold in exchange for rent (As opposed to military service or other burden) So, those gorgeous blocks in places like Great Western Road in Glasgow, unless they are rented, are technically not tenements at all. The Finch and Fourachre kits mentioned earlier are to 1:200 scale and are very expensive. Some of us approached F&F to see if we could get some made to a recognised railway scale but the response was lukewarm.
  14. I think its worth mentioning the CRA publications here. The Livery Register by Jim MacIntosh The book of the Jumbo 0-6-0's by Dr H.C. Campbell Cornwell. and most recently, the wagon book by Mike Williams. All three jointly published by CRA-Lightmoor. Campbell Cornwell also wrote 'Forty Years of Caledonian Locomotives' (D&C)
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