Scale drawings & availablility


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 ?

Thanks, Martyn

Reply to
M Roberts
Loading thread data ...

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.

Greg.P. NZ

Reply to
Greg Procter

Google is your friend.

A quick search found this PDF scanned from the July 1951 Railway Modeller, written by Wilbert Awdrey himself:

formatting link

Reply to
Christopher A.Lee

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 (Phil Brice)

20a Rowe Avenue Peacehaven East Sussex BN10 7PF tel: 01273 581 265 e-mail: 'Skinley' range of drawings, also LFC nameplate range

How accurate any of these are, I have no idea.


Reply to

That's excellent, thanks. Not sure how I managed to miss it though ...

And this has led me onto

formatting link
and also more information at
formatting link
there's good stuff on the coaching stock.

Cheers, Martyn

Reply to
M Roberts

PolyTech Forum website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.