Can anyone kindly advise: I have acquired some Lima rolling stock, supposedly all OO gauge, but some are distinctly smaller than others ? for instance mark 2 (I think it is) Inter-City carriages some 264 mm long and some 232 mm long (and corresponding width & height). Track gauge is the same. How come different scales? Thanks
Lima made some MkII stock to HO scale, as well as to OO. There was also a Class 33 to HO scale, as well as some Pullman coaches. The track gauge is correct for HO scale, but OO people run on narrow gauge track :-)
And it actually used crane shunting, in that it had a vertical lift in the tracks to lift stock to the ground level maintenance depot, and, of course, drop them back down again to get back into service.
The simplicity of the circuit derived from the original system which was rope hauled, with a huge continuous loop of rope for each track which was kept in constant motion by a winding station. The carriages started and stopped by clamping or releasing the rope.
I think I remember that the ropes were the longest continuous pieces of rope in the world at the time. The preservatives used on the ropes also gave "The Subway" a distinctive aroma which lasted from the time of its electrification in 1935 up to the modernisation in the
70s. I've been away from Glasgow since 1980 so maybe some present inhabitants might be able to say if the aroma has outlasted the modernisation :-)
They do have ground-level maintenance and storage yards now. You can drive the "Clockwork Orange" with the BVE train simulator. Tunnel diameter is only 10ft - 2 ft smaller than London's deep tubes. Recorded anouncements say "Mind the dooors" in a Scots accent.
My investigations reveal two separate types - I have both: the ones Kevin's referring to are indeed squat and curiously continental style. But the HO models are exactly the same as the OO, just smaller. I'll send Kevin a picture.