| > As ornate as possible. I really need them in now in O-scale but have
| > definite future need for HO as well.
| > In practical terms, I'll take any scale because I can scan and
| > enlarge/reduce the picture and then create molds for casting or
| > photoetching.
| > Brand names, links, or sources for good drawings welcome.
| > TIA Norm
| I looked in 2 sources for drawings - the Dover reprint of Forney's 1879
| Builder's Dictionary, and the Newton K. Gregg reprint of the 1906
| Dictionary. The former is too early, and all the end railings shown are
| plain railing-on-vertical-post types. By 1906, all the new cars shown are
| closed vestibule. However, figure 577 is a scale drawing of the end of an
| unidentified narrow vestibule 1st class coach. The drawing has a footnote
| "The car shown in fig. 577-580 is not a modern design, but is shown for
| references only, the parts being practically the same in new cars." This
| suggests the drawings are of a car close to your era of interest. The
| end railing has graceful curves on the outsides at floor level, again at
| waist height, and an upward curve as it joins the narrow vestibule frame.
| It is supported on each side by a large decorative casting approx 20" wide
| 28" tall with two symmetric interlaced scrolls with the open areas inside
| the scrolls filled by a fern leaf design. The car also has similar
| scroll and fern castings at the top of the narrow vestibule where it joins
| the edge of the car roof. Gregg chose this drawing from his dust jacket
| illustration, where it is printed in a scale of 3' = 1 15/16", making it
| very easy to scan and send you a .jpg if this is of interest. Geezer
After I posted the message I located a few old Train Shed Cyclopedias and
found some drawings as well.
Thanks for taking the time to look.
Of course, I'd still love to find a product already made that I can just