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sulzer27jd last won the day on October 4 2010

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  1. The power as far as Edinburgh was (1950's) very often a Dundee (Tay Bridge) or Aberdeen Ferryhill V2 or A2 (Peppercorn), used entirely interchangeably. Dundee crews were used Sample workings 1957 - of 14 known workings all except 1 was a V2, the other was 60531 Bahram 1958 - of 22 known workings all except 4 were V2's. with Bahram and Tudor Minstrel being the others. 1959 - 9 known workings, all except 1 were V2's the other being 60527 Sun Chariot John
  2. This is where I got to before O gauge overtook me! If anyone wants this and the signal box, please just get in touch. John
  3. The CR Wagons book by Mike WIlliams suggests that it may have been common practice to leave the interior unpainted. This is due to the lack of interior photographs and of course those that do exist are in black & white. Unpainted wood takes on a grey tone and even if painted with a lead grey, that would have a similar look after a time. I have worked on the basis that wagon interiors would vary from a fairly clean wood effect, weathered, to a dirtier more grey appearance. John
  4. Pulling us gently back to the Strathmore line. Between Alyth Junction and Eassie there was a set of sidings known as Drumkilbo. They were used for, amongst other things, bringing manure from Dundee for use on the fields round about. Access to the sidings was down a track known to this day as the Dung Ley. There is no sign of them now but only a few years ago a culvert/bridge for the siding, separate from the mainline, was visible. The siding swung into a field and ended 90 degrees from the mainline. After a period of dry weather (so not very often) the scar of the siding can sometimes be seen. This PW hut is still in place nearby; John
  5. The Scottish football leagues are, per capita, the best supported in Europe. Its just a pity that the so-called British broadcasters never share out the money equitably to the four nations.
  6. Forfar yard loading bank and goods shed, with Station Park, home of the mighty Forfar Athletic FC in the background. Goods shed and the new concrete goods shed. Close up of the concrete goods shed. I have numerous close ups and detail photos of the buildings if anyone is interested. John
  7. More from Forfar; South end showing the sharp curve. North end John
  8. Burrelton station house and goods shed John
  9. Like many of the similar books they are almost obsessed by the early years of these lines, which I understand is of interest to some. What is lacking however is more detail of how the lines were worked throughout their history. I suspect unfortunately that much of the detail from the pre-grouping and pre-nationalisation eras is now lost. What is disappointing is that even through the BR years there is very little knowledge of the operational aspects of the network of Strathmore lines. John
  10. The 1897 description as quoted in the Jim MacIntosh volume on livery is; vans internally had 1 coat of stone colour and opens 1 coat of lead colour. How long that would last in service is anyones guess but for opens the weathered/worn look would be grey in tone and not brick red. John
  11. Have a Google search for the Haysi Railroad. It's an Appalachian coal railroad that used an ex Clinchfield F7B unit as its main power at one point. As I'm typing this I see a photo has just been posted of it. The other end actually had a little cab with a window. John
  12. That is a rather obvious omission - oops! It’s Forfar. John
  13. Saw this thread come up again. It's such a shame that there is so little about this route. Here are some photos that may be of interest; John
  14. The second is closer but Pol-ma-dee.
  15. I did not renew my membership for 2020 because on reflection I was getting nothing much from the Guild. The problem they have is that modellers can work away quite happily and get results without being a member. I had no contact with my local group (despite a couple of attempts to engage with them) which meant my quarterly magazine and the forum were my main points of contact. The former, was not very good and the later, whilst helpful, was the most censored I have ever encountered, was extremely hierarchical and off-putting. I was left with the feeling that the main purpose of my quite substantial fees (in comparison with other organisations) was to subsidise the Telford exhibition which I do not attend. I am glad to hear that at least some attempt might be made to address the issues facing the Guild, which to my mind all revolve around how to remain relevant. There were numerous previous offers of assistance, including my own - with expertise in change management and business development - that fell into the managerial abyss that seems to plague the Guild. I genuinely hope they take this issue and wish them luck. John
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