Where would one obtain, preferably for free (Hey, this is the interweb after
all), scale drawings of locos or rolling stock ?
I'm thinking of scratch-building something simple like a Y6 or J70, or maybe
an EM1/class 76. Would drawings of these be available anywhere ?
Most middle of the road model railway magazines, since year dot have
included at least one plan of locos and rolling stock.
Railway Modeller used to include a loco drawing, wagons and lineside
drawings each issue.
I don't know about Britain, but here in New Zealand most model shops
have the odd carton of old magazines with something like "20cents per
magazine" marked on the side. Scruffy second-hand bookshops get the odd
collection so a modest waving of cash will get you a whole carton. If
you decide on a particular prototype someone will probably be kind
enough to scan their drawing for you.
There were, and probably still are, collections of drawings from
draughtsmen offered for individual sale. (the name Roche springs to
mind) Someone in the UK will probably tell you about thiose.
I'm still looking for drawings of LNER ferry wagons from the 1923-30
period, but nothing has come up so far.
A lot of Ian Beattie's drawings for RM have been collected in book
form (the locomotives to scale series), but I don't think you get the
accompanying text from the magazine articles.
I advise a trip to your local library, or browse the catalog online if
it's available. It doesn't cost a great deal for an inter-library loan
from other counties if they don't have what you want. Find out if
there's a county store where the non-shelved books are stored. The one
in Aylesbury (for Bucks county) is a treasure trove of Railway books,
compared to most branch libraries.
There are also "Skinley" drawings available from:
The Sussex Modeller
20a Rowe Avenue
tel: 01273 581 265
'Skinley' range of drawings, also LFC nameplate range
How accurate any of these are, I have no idea.