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Caley Jim

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  1. Mike Williams' book states that it is thought to date from 1868 when three drawings appear in the drawings register relating to boiler wagon, trolley number 1, but none of them have survived. The diagram shows the axle as being continuous, but I suppose that doesn't signify anything. It survived until 1917. Mike states 'In comparison the the buffer height, the wheels were probably 4ft in diameter.' In 1876 a 40T trolley (No.2) was built with totally enclosed bogies of 3'6"wheelbase and inside bearings. so I suppose that it is possible that No.1 had inside bearings too. Jim
  2. You're welcome, Tim. An honour to have contributed in a small way to CF. I'm pleased with the way the various depths and thicknesses of the window framing have turned out, also that doorway beside the exit. Jim
  3. Wonderful stuff as always, Mike. The CR had a similar vehicle, also with four bearings per axle. Dia.34 30T trolley No.1. Special wagons like this had their own number series. It too is slightly bowed upwards in the centre. One day I would like to model it and some other unusual trolley wagons the CR had. That. however, will be by drawing up the artwork for etches. Perhaps that is cheating a bit and not true scratch building as you are doing. Jim
  4. Ah! In that case, sorry, can't help you there! Jim
  5. It would help if you could be more precise as to what you mean by 'transition period'. Jim (for whom anything post-1914 is 'modern image')
  6. I used an MX616 in my Jubilee Pug. Both Peter's Spare and Youchoos had them in stock at that time. It too has nice big (relatively speaking) pads, in fact it comes with a wire attached to the common +ve. Jim
  7. But for kippers they have to be opened out flat! Arbroath smokies are a different thing. Jim
  8. Have you soldered the footsteps to the W-irons? If so, I would suggest fitting a wooden clothes peg, of the sprung variety, over the axlebox and W-iron to hold them together while apply the soldering iron to the step and ease it off the W-iron with the point of a knife. I haven't tried it, but it would be what I would try if I was in that position. just watch you don't disturb the peg before you take away the soldering iron and let things cool. HTH Jim
  9. From his comment, I suspect that Jerry, like me, is 'a bear of little brain' when it comes to matters electronic and digital! Jerry, forgive me if I misjudge you! Jim
  10. Well, work on the Dunallander canopies has kept me away from the layout for a few months, however, having completed them I had a wee play operating session, which showed up some electrically dead bits due to soldered joints needing attention. It occurs to me that the latest addition to the loco fleet, 323 class 'Jubilee Pug' 0-6-0ST No. 217, hasn't featured here yet, so here is a shot of it at work shunting the interchange sidings. Details of the build here. I decided it was time I made some more buildings (my least favourite part of modelling) so turned my attention to the area on the far side of the bridge over the station end. Here I intend to have a hotel facade stretching to behind the warehouse with it's yard behind a stable building atop the retaining wall behind the platform. This building will be cut across by the backscene and all that will be seen is a blank brick wall. The building is a foamboard shell with the visible parts covered in brick paper. To give it some character I drew up some sandstone quoins, printed them off, cut them out and glued them in place. I've also given it a wooden ventilator on the roof. The top rows of slates have still to be added, along with gutters, downpipes and barge boards. The strips of foamboard along the front space it from the retaining wall and will form a base for some brambles etc . Jim
  11. Interesting photos, but where is it? (for those of us not familiar with the route) Jim
  12. That's as i remember it! OK, so I got the gate lever numbers wrong, but it is c67 years since I was last in the box. Some of the spare levers had originally been for a connection into a clay mine on the up side across the road, gone by the time I was there. We stayed in Annathill at the time, a mile or so to the north. Again, that's after my time, vis. the lifting barriers. Jim
  13. Apologies. I must have inserted the wrong link from the post. Now corrected. Jim
  14. Your quite right. Should have said 11. Jim
  15. That's the trouble with tradesmen, they can never come exactly when you need them! Anyway, you need the painter to paint the frames first. Jim
  16. That's a much later diagram than the one I was familiar with. As I said, the gates were operated from the box with the last three levers on the right of the frame (21,22 &23?), painted brown, being for the gate stops and the wicket lock, There was also an up starter (14) which again had splitting distants on it. The 'Down Sidings' were in fact a loop from just to the north of Glenboig station, entry being controlled by Garnqueen NJ. Jim
  17. Looking really good, Tim. Jim
  18. No, sorry, that's the up home, with Garnqueen N Jct's outer splitting distants, and the Greenfoot down home in the background. The box is hidden behind the trees on the left. The down distant was waaaay down the hill in the background. It was lever 5, locked by 6 & 7. There was a repeater on the wall behind it which would be showing 'off', but when you looked down the line the signal was neither one thing nor the other. Some drivers must have come round the curve at Ganqueen, either off the Coatbridge, or the Buchanan Street line, to see that signal waggling up and down as if it was waving at them, as we tried to get it 'off'! Jim
  19. Indeed! Mine is described briefly here with resilience and light weight in mind. Some of the results are here and further down the page. Jim
  20. That's the difference up here in Scotland. The FM is constantly pointing out (some would say as nausiam) that we have got levels low because of the sacrifices everyone has been making and we have to keep our guard up. We are the first line of defence. Meanwhile the PM and his side kicks appear to be running around like headless chickens. As to journalists, they never let the truth or reasoned judgement get in the way of a dramatic headline. I stress that I have no political allegiance. Jim
  21. None left around here, apart from Biggar which I believe is now occupied by an architect's office. I spent my youth in Greenfoot box. problem signal there was the down distant, nearly a mile away on Garnqueen North Junction's starter. On a warm day it was a devil to get it to go properly 'off'. It also had the level crossing gates, operated by a big wheel. They could be awkward depending on how the wind was blowing. Jim
  22. There are plenty photos of CR boxes in Jim Summers' 'Signalling the Caledonian Railway'. Jim W
  23. That is true, but none of what you are likely to catch from someone you meet , even in a crowded exhibition hall, is likely to have the same short or long term effects as this particular corona virus (Covid-19 is the disease it causes). None of these would be a worry to me as I have been vaccinated against all of them, (with the exception of hep-A) hep-B as a requirement of my registration with the GDC, without which I would not have been allowed to practice. I can't see either of these points as a valid argument in favour of taking the risk. Jim
  24. No matter how low the risk, 1:10,000 or 1:100,000, if you happen to be standing close to that 1, and they are not taking precautions, then the risk becomes 100% and then you can, unknowingly, pass it on to who know's who among your family and friends. Add to that, not only the possible severity of the resulting illness (compared to a cold), but also the continuing after effects which they are now starting to appreciate, then why take any risk? Public health is everyone's responsibility and other things (keeping schools open for one) are more important than going to Model Railway Exhibitions. Jim
  25. Being in the over 70 bracket I am extremely wary at present of going anywhere that has a number of people indoors. Not everyone seems to appreciate that we are still in a very delicate situation and the virus is still out there ready to spread at the slightest opportunity. Look at the situation in Aberdeen and around Manchester. It just needs one person who is unknowingly infected to act in the least way irresponsibly and it will spread like wildfire. Much as I enjoy participating in shows manning a society stand, I will not be doing so in the foreseeable future. The risk is too great. As a retired health care professional I understand that public health must take absolute priority. Jim
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