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New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby aberbrothock » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:33 pm

Anyone interested in Caley signalling might be interested to know that Jim Summers' long-awaited book "Signalling the Caledonian Railway" has now been published by Lightmoor in association with the Caledonian Railway Association. My copy arrived this week and I though it well worth the £30 price - over 300 pages, most with several photos to illustrate the test, and beautifully produced. (Disclosure: I'm a CRA member, but I think anyone interested in pre-grouping signalling practice would find something of interest in the book - the contents list should give an idea of its scope.)

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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby Chris Osment » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:53 pm

I had a very brief look at a copy today - and very nice it looked too. What a shame then that I happened to open it a page with a nice SB interior view showing three Tyer's No 7 tablet instruments incorrectly described as No 3 pattern :( Hopefully just a very rare 'hiccup' in what is otherwise clearly a detailed work.
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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:08 am

Chris,

I think you will find in the text that Jim explains that the Caledonian described No. 7s as No. 3s!!!!!

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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby Chris Osment » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:13 am

Ah well, I did say it was a brief look :oops: But a bit misleading IMHO. Still, at least the author knew what they really were after all!
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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby Graham Maxtone » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:03 pm

My own copy arrived on Friday morning and have to say it is well worth the money. Even at my age there is plenty to learn within the covers.
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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby neil57d » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:33 pm

My copy arrived a few days ago. I agree with Graham - it's well worth the money, and anyone interested in pre-grouping signalling should consider buying it.

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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby MRFS » Sun Nov 1, 2015 1:31 pm

I went to ExpoNG yesterday in Swanley, and got a copy of this book.

Quite a reasonable production, I thought - the evolution of the signalling during the latter half of the 1880s/1890s is a subject that I've not seen covered in such depth for a while - especially the period leading up to the removal of the old single aspect red arms in 1894.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone that is interested in the logical (or otherwise) development of signalling under one company.
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Re: New book on Caledonian Railway signalling

Unread postby Mike Stone » Fri May 12, 2017 7:50 pm

On the bottom of p.117 there is a photograph of Grangemouth and reference to lines being worked in both directions. To me it appears more likely that the signal bridge in the distance actually has four or more routes from each of two lines?
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