View Full Version : Traquair ROC Post - Peebles-shire - 2010

08-01-2011, 08:43 PM
Opened in 1962 and closed September 1991. Post is in good conditon and sits in a fairly tidy compound. The hasps have been cut, but no access as I didn't have a Scottish key with me! An orlit A stands by the fence, this also has part of its removable roof intact.





08-01-2011, 09:05 PM
There's a few interesting things in that area – couple of old railway tunnels and some other bits and pieces. Btw, if you don't have a Scottish key, you can often get them open using a couple of bits of fence wire bent in a particular way…

08-01-2011, 09:16 PM
Yeah was told about the wire trick a few months later, was up there working so was also limited on time :(

08-01-2011, 10:02 PM
Would wire be strong enough to shift the tbar, theyre normally quite stiff.

08-01-2011, 10:06 PM
Apparently it can work, don't forget the scottish ones dont have the heavy locking mechanism.

08-01-2011, 10:08 PM
Goldie - pity you didn't have more time, but give me a shout if you're ever heading back.

Marvyn - depends on the hatch, but back in the day I got a couple open using wire, after which I managed to acquire a proper key.

08-01-2011, 10:10 PM
Oh right i knew Scottish was different to standard design externally but didnt know they didnt have a large locking mechanism. How do you they work inside?....

08-01-2011, 10:18 PM
They have a small catch thing like you can see here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplegrum/307669467/

08-01-2011, 10:20 PM
Like a sort of sneck lock then? Not very secure...

08-01-2011, 10:35 PM
Not sure really, never seen one in real life!

09-01-2011, 02:51 PM
You can easily open them with a coat hanger.

You just need a couple of bits of wire twisted at right angles.

09-01-2011, 03:41 PM
Will have to try it somehow i was planning to have an roc adventure in scotland later in the year.

09-01-2011, 11:09 PM
That post looks pretty battered you could get that open anyway, scottish t bar or a crowbar the hatch looks rusted to hell and back. Still good one on getting out there will remind TM to get a scottish t bar for when we one day go on a sctotland roc roadtrip

10-01-2011, 01:26 AM
Just get a key sorted before you go Jack, it would be easier.

The post isn't in too bad condition and the hatch is pretty solid. I had been to a job nearby and just didn't have the time to hang around trying to get in unfortunately. Pretty annoying really as I dont think anyone has been in since Catford :(

10-01-2011, 08:13 AM
Seems there shouls be a few interesting bits in...

10-01-2011, 02:38 PM
the scottish ones always seem in quite good nick compared to further south. Maybe the scots yobs are too wasted on Buckfast to bother vandalising them:)

20-02-2011, 05:40 PM
Close up view of a Scottish mechanism: