Past Drawing Updates
Another project that's seen sporadic progress for a couple of years has been completed: ARI 3272 cu-ft hopper cars. In the process I've started looking up variations of other modern ARI covered hopper cars. I've also added a painted version representing SHPX 432930 - the first 1:18 painted rolling stock drawing.
The MLW RS-18 has arrived in 1:18 - the fourth model to benefit from locomotive measurements I made a couple of years ago (after the MLW M-636, C-424 and M-420). In the process of drawing the RS-18, I also established dimensions and details for the MLW RS-10 and ALCO RS-11, which will be derived from the RS-18. CN 3684 was my main source of reference images and measurements, so the first RS-18 drawings represent early CN versions - which I've never drawn in previous scales.
Happy New Year! The 1:18 drawing series is now just over 5 years old - and what a year 2017 was for drawings. With 526 new drawings added, it was my most productive year since 2006 and the fourth-highest yearly drawing total ever. Among 1:18 locomotives, 31% of EMD/GMD and 42% of GE drawings were from 2017.
Here's the 2017 drawing breakdown:
- 8 ALCO Locomotives
- 317 EMD/GMD Locomotives
- 183 GE Locomotives
- 6 MLW Locomotives
- 2 Rolling Stock
- 10 Painted Drawings
The large drawing total in 2017 was largely due to filling out common locomotive models, such as the many variations of the EMD SD40-2 and GE AC4400CW and Dash-9 series. As a result, the 1:18 drawing series reached several milestones in 2017, surpassing the 1:36 series in total number of drawings in addition to surpassing it in EMD/GMD and GE locomotives.
For several years, I've been saying at the start of every new year that I hoped to make ALCO drawings in 1:18 - and in 2017 that finally became a reality with the first C-425 and C-430 drawings. Unfortunately, several more in-progress models never made it to completion before the end of the year. With new C-425 drawings and revisions to existing ALCO drawings arriving at the very end of 2017, I hope to carry the ALCO momentum into 2018.
A few other interesting models also made their debut in 1:18 in 2017. These included late-model EMD units such as the SD50, SD60M and SD60I, as well as early units such as the GP20 and high-hood first-generation "Geeps". GMD versions of the SD40 also arrived, thanks in large part to recent photos I had taken on the CBNS. Among GE units, the AC4400CW and ES44C4 arrived in 1:18, along with rebuilds like the AC44C4M and AC44C6M. All told, however, there were relatively few unique additions in 2017.
I made a point of making more painted drawings in 2017, which resulted in the second-highest number of 1:18 painted drawings (after 2014). However, with a total of only 40 painted drawings in the 1:18 series (out of over 1500 drawings) there's a lot of room for growth.
For 2018, I hope to continue making measurements of preserved locomotives for use in the drawings. In the fall of 2017, I significantly added to locomotive measurements I first started taking in 2013, and one model I measured (the MLW M-420) made it to completion in the drawings in 2017. There are several more models in progress using those measurements (largely MLW locomotives) that I hope to finish in 2018. Other in-progress drawings I would like to complete in 2018 include both early cab/carbody units from several builders and present-day Tier 4 models.
At the start of 2017, I set my yearly goal at 200 drawings - after four years of aiming for 175 drawings. Once I reached that total in February, I doubled my 2017 goal to 400 drawings, and surpassed that new goal in September. But with many major locomotive models now largely complete in 1:18 - and with several interesting but less common models (ie. fewer variations) now in progress - I'm aiming for a less ambitious total in 2018 than 2017's exceptional result, setting this year's goal at 300 drawings.
Thanks to the addition of new EMD SD60M, SD60I and SD70ACe drawings, I've reached two new milestones in the past few days: Over 500 drawings for the year 2017, and over 1000 EMD/GMD locomotive drawings in 1:18.
With perhaps a dozen different locomotive models in progress in 1:18 (some for a very long time) it's somewhat to my own surprise that I've ended up focusing on first-generation Geeps. We'll see how long that continues - but for now the latest additions are more GP20 drawings and the first 1:18 GP9's.
Another milestone: As of today, the 1:18 series has overtaken the 1:36 series, with 1,511 drawings to date (the 1:36 series ended with 1,509 drawings). Today's additions expand the first-generation "Geep" series to include the GP20. Prior to the latest additions, the last GP18 and GP20 drawings I made were in the 1:55 series 11 years ago.
EMD's iconic high-nosed first-generation "Geep" carbody has arrived in 1:18, starting with LV and RI GP18 variations. Up to now, all early GP units in 1:18 have been either low-nose or rebuilds.
With the addition of a slew of GP38-2 variations, I've reached my updated yearly goal of 400 drawings. This is the first year that I have topped 400 drawings since 2010, when I added 495 drawings. We'll see if I can beat that total! The 1:18 EMD total also now exceeds the 1:36 EMD total, although part of the increase comes from additional railroad variations that were grouped together in 1:36. I have also added some modern GE rebuilds - the AC44C4M and AC44C6M.
EMD SD40-2 + details from Conrail GP40-2 + Flexicoil trucks = Conrail SD40-2's! Together with a slew of Family Lines variations, they account for more than two dozen undecorated SD40-2 drawings added today.
I've also been adding a few painted drawings, with more planned for the coming days; the 1:18 series is still rather devoid of colour.
A few more additions today, filling a few gaps among EMD GP28, GP38 and GP38AC variations. Incidentally, I also realized that the MLW M-420 drawings from last week brought my 1:18 drawing total above last year's count of 316 drawings, setting a new yearly record for the 1:18 series with 4 months still to go in 2017.
After a hiatus of a couple of months, some drawing news to report! The MLW M-420 (above) has now made it into 1:18 - thanks in large part to measurements I made of SLQ 3569 preserved at Exporail. It was one of several models that had been sitting in-progress for some time - I started it in early 2016. This is at least my sixth rendition of the CN-type M-420, following previous drawings in pre-website small scales (1999), early 1:55 (2001), revised 1:55 (2005), late 1:55 (2008) and 1:36 (2009).
Today I broke with tradition and updated a couple of 1:36 drawings - the first revisions to the 1:36 series since the start of the 1:18 series in 2012. The error (which also affected 3 1:18 drawings) was significant but an easy fix: I had made ES44AC drawings representing UP 7600-7677 as Phase 2a1 instead of Phase 1f2, so the entire rear hood section was incorrect.
I had decided to stop all work on the 1:36 series (including revisions) in order to focus solely on the 1:18 series. However, now that the 1:18 series is well-established, I may start revising errors in the 1:36 drawings as long as they don't take long to correct.
It's been a while since the first and only 1:18 rolling stock drawings were completed (Trinity 50' boxcars) so I figured it was time to finish some new rolling stock drawings that I started in mid 2016 - NSC 6400 cu-ft gondolas. I've taken a bunch of photos of these newly-built cars over the last few years. I'm starting to build up a collection of railcar component drawings (brake valves and rods, grabirons, trucks, handbrakes etc.) that will eventually speed up additional rolling stock drawings.
We may only be two months into 2017, but today I reached my yearly goal for 2017 of 200 drawings! Needless to say, I've had to increase my goal for the year, which is now doubled to 400 drawings. The fast pace of drawings is mostly due to GE AC4400CW and ES-series drawings, for which phase and railroad variations have taken very little time to complete.
From late 2013 to last year, my yearly drawing goal was fixed at 175 drawings, and in most cases I attained that total near the end of the year.
Work on modern GE units continues with the introduction of the ES44C4 in 1:18. Over the last few weeks I've also made a significant number of minor revisions and corrections to Dash-8 and later GE units - see the New page for details on what's been updated.
With the addition of recent Dash-8, Dash-9 and AC4400CW drawings, the 1:18 GE locomotive total now exceeds the 1:36 GE total. Since most of the drawings of 2017 so far have been variations of existing models, they've been adding up very quickly - and with over 150 drawings completed in just the first 6 weeks of 2017, I will most likely soon be reaching (and changing) my goal for the year of 200 drawings. I don't expect to continue the same drawing pace for the whole year.
I've gradually been working my way backwards through AC4400CW phases and now have KCS and most Mexican and UP versions complete. In the process I've been making revisions to existing AC4400CW drawings over the last few days as I've picked up on a number of minor details that I missed since first completing them a few days ago.
A minor revision has affected the side cab window frame and windows on all GE Dash 8, Dash 9, AC and ES units with the wide-nosed cab. The bottom of the frame is 1 pixel (0.25") higher on all versions, while the top of the frame is 2 pixels (0.5") higher on the 3-window version and 1 pixel lower on the 4-window version - representing a roughly 0.75" difference in height between the two window frame types that I had previously missed. While the change is extremely minor, the difference was enough to throw off my measurements while working on the early inverter cabinet of the AC4400CW.
ES44AC frame and cab + Dash 9-44CW long hood + a few extra details = AC4400CW! As of today, GE's four main modern freight models (Dash-9, AC4400CW, AC and DC ES-series) are now represented in 1:18.
After several occasions of starting a new year and saying "I hope to draw some ALCO units this year" - and then not making any ALCO drawings - the absence of 1:18 ALCO drawings has finally been rectified! I've started with C-425 and C-430 drawings derived from my existing MLW C-424 drawings.
The C-425 has been well represented in drawings. It made it into my earliest 1:55 drawings, was redrawn much more accurately at the end of the 1:55 series, and was as among the very last 1:36 drawings. However, the C-430 had never made it past the early 1:55 series, and the first 1:18 version (the RDG version, with Type B trucks) is a variation I'd never previously drawn at all.
Happy New Year! The eighteenth year of drawings has now past - and it yielded the highest drawing total since 2010 and the best year yet for the 1:18 series. The last drawings of 2016 were a wide assortment of GE Dash-7 models. Here's the breakdown for the year 2016:
- 227 EMD/GMD locomotives
- 77 GE locomotives
- 6 MLW locomotives
- 6 painted locomotives
- 316 drawings total
The number of all-new models introduced in 2016 was more modest than the high drawing total would suggest. They included the EMD SW1001, GP15D/GP20D, GP20C-ECO, SD40-2F and SD70M-2/SD70ACe, and GE six-axle Dash-7 series. There were also some new models that were based on earlier drawings, such as the EMD SD38 and SD38-2, and GE BQ23-7 and ES44AC. The rest were variations of common models. Some new models that were in progress at the start of 2016 have yet to be completed.
I haven't yet capitalized on a huge assortment of locomotive measurements I took of preserved locomotives at Exporail in 2015, mostly of MLW models. For 2017 I hope to finally introduce ALCO as a builder in the 1:18 series, along with continuing the trend of more painted locomotives that started in the last weeks of 2016.
One of the more obscure GE models has now made it into 1:18: The BQ23-7. Previously, I had only ever drawn this locomotive in the early 1:55 series - it never made it into either the redrawn 1:55 drawings or the 1:36 series. But after finishing GE-motor Blomberg trucks yesterday (for use in standard B23-7 drawings) I figured I'd give the Q a shot.
Two noteworthy additions! First, I've added GMD SD40-2F drawings, the first SD40-2F drawings since the 1:55 versions from 2006. Along with undecorated and painted CP versions is a painted version of CMQ 9017 in BAR heritage paint.
Second, the 1:18 series has reached its first major milestone, with a total of 1,000 drawings. The 1,000th drawing is nothing out of the ordinary, except for being my childhood favourite locomotive (a CN GP40-2L(W), in this case #9511).
Well, they've been a long time coming - but after almost 3 years of sporadic work between other drawings, the first 1:18 SD70M-2 drawings have finally been added! In the process I made a few minor additions to the SD70M-2 and SD70ACe phases. I already have AC versions of the HTCR truck completed, so the SD70ACe may soon follow.
After being away on a trip for much of March I'm now getting back into drawings again. Today saw the addition and revision of a few GP50 drawings.
Well, today marks the end of the most productive month for drawings in recent years - and certainly the most productive month ever for the 1:18 series in terms of both new drawing additions and updates to existing drawings. I've added the first new EMD GP18 drawings in 10 years, which incidentally were the catalyst for all the most recent revisions; it was in making the GP18 that I discovered a host of minor errors or omissions in existing 1:18 GP8, GP10, GP11, GP28 and GP30 drawings.
Well, today I did one of the biggest drawing revisions in a while. Not in terms of time - the whole update took less than an hour - but in terms of numbers: All existing Dash-9 and DC evolution-series drawings were updated (in short, all 1:18 GE locomotives with Hi-Ad trucks). The reason: If gap above the trucks previously looked a bit empty, it was because the traction pin was missing. GE Hi-Ad trucks (and the EMD version as well, for that matter) have a large pin that extends down into the truck frame just outboard of the middle axle, which replaces the bolster and center plate used on older truck designs.
So far, February 2016 has turned into one of my most productive drawing months in a long time. In addition to adding new 1:18 locomotive models such as the GP20C-ECO, C39-8E and ES44AC, I've been working on filling out the drawing roster of existing common models, such as the SD40-2. It's still early - but if the pattern continues I'm well on track to complete more 1:18 drawings this year than in any previous year.
I've entered in the realm of 21st-Century rebuilds with the addition of GP20C-ECO drawings, representing CP's foray into new, 710-powered EMD units. I think calling these units "rebuilds" is a bit of a stretch - they're almost entirely new from the ground up (except for the trucks). I've nonetheless listed them under "EMD (Rebuild)" as this will eventually group them together with the similar SD30C-ECO units, which do reuse many components from former CP SD40-2's.
As it happens, 2016 has started with a bang! Already the second new model that was underway in 2015 has been completed - the first 1:18 6-axle Dash-7 drawings (starting with the C30-7).
Well, another year has come and gone! 2015 was a bit of a strange year for drawings. I reached my yearly goal of 175 drawings quite early - at the beginning of September - but I only did 10 more drawings over the remainder of the year. The reason: I started a number of new locomotive models and made progress on all of them, but didn't finish any before year-end.
Here is the final total for 2015:
- 116 EMD locomotives
- 62 GE locomotives
- 8 painted locomotives
Diversity for 2015 was limited - no locomotives from minor builders (not even ALCO) and no rolling stock. However, some of my railfanning outings from 2015 promise to change that, as I was able to get detailed real-world measurements from a host of ALCO/MLW locomotives.
For 2016, I hope to put those ALCO/MLW measurements to use in the drawings, as well as complete the various EMD and GE locomotives that are in progress (including some rare or unusual models). Already one of the models that was in progress for a couple of months in 2015 is now completed - the EMD SW1001, the first drawing of 2016 and the first switcher model to make it to 1:18.
With recent additions of 1:18 GE Dash-9 and ES-series drawings, I've met my drawing goal for the year (175 drawings) almost 4 months early. I now hope to top last year's total of 250.
A whole series of revisions have been completed in the last week or so, all affecting second- and third-generation EMD units. The corrections are all very minor—air reservoir piping, anticlimber end handrails and a couple of hood door latches.
The 1:18 series continues to broaden, with several recent additions depicting models that I haven't drawn in 8 years (since the 1:55 series): EMD GP15-1 and GE Dash 8-40BW and Dash 8-32BWH. I also plan on adding more painted 1:18 drawings now that there is an increasing variety of undecorated models.
After a long hiatus with only minor drawing revisions, new drawings have finally been added! The latest additions are Dash 9-44CWL drawings, representing CN's first order of Dash-9's with the 4-window cab. I started work on these in the beginning of 2014, but they sat for a long time partly completed. The main hold-up (aside from working on other drawing projects) was the underframe - the 3.5" lower walkway height required a substantial re-working of the underframe detail.
I have also made a few minor corrections and revisions to almost all Dash-8 and later GE drawings.
The last couple of weeks haven't seen many additions, but I've been steadily working on several new locomotive models that will soon be uploaded. However, recently I changed gears and turned my attention to painted drawings. Using a new method of colour-matching, I've revised the colours in most of the 1:18 painted locomotives to better match the prototype. I've posted samples of all the new colours and a description of my colour-matching methods in the "Colours" page listed below.
Bridging the gap between the GE Dash-7 and Dash-8 series are the oddball "early Dash-8" units, of which relatively few were produced (save a bunch of C39-8's for NS). These units have arrived in 1:18, starting with the C39-8.
The last few days have been extremely tedious - but all is well that ends well! Unlike on later Dash-8 units, which have a completely different central air intake area between the 4- and 6-axle units, the hood on the early B39-8 is identical to the C39-8 except for one panel near the front, which accounts for the length difference. So, shortly after initially completing the first 1:18 C39-8 drawings, I tried fitting the hood on the B39-8 frame. And it didn't fit - it was off by 1.25 scale inches. While not a lot, it was too much for me to "stretch" the components to make the hood fit on both units. I didn't have GE hood specs to work from (only the major dimensions) so based on the overall length and truck centers, I measured, and re-measured, and re-re-re-measured photos of all Dash-8 variations for hours until I could finally track down the error. The result: I've got the discrepancy between the two models down to 0.25 scale inches (1 pixel) which I can live with. Despite recent revisions, there are still a couple of minor nagging errors or inconsistencies across the Dash-8 series, but they involve minor details and are too small (0.25 to 0.5 scale inches, or 1 to 2 pixels) for me to try to find and correct them.
Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone - and with 250 drawings completed, 2014 ended up being the best year for drawings since 2010. The last drawing update of 2014 affected the six existing 1:18 EMD SD45 drawings (which, incidentally, were the last drawings to be added in 2012). They have finally received the minor detail and dimension upgrades that I made to all other EMD drawings back in the fall.
Here's the final tally of new drawings added in 2014:
- 126 EMD locomotives
- 80 GE locomotives
- 18 MLW locomotives
- 14 freight cars
- 12 painted locomotives
Last year saw the introduction of the first rolling stock drawings as well as several new GE locomotive models, some of which (the 4-axle Dash-8 series) I hadn't drawn since the 1:55 versions from 8 years ago. It also was the first year since 2010 that I didn't lower my yearly goal partway through the year, instead surpassing it by 43%. I will be keeping the same goal (175 drawings) for 2015.
GE drawings now include Dash 8-40C drawings, with more Dash 8 variations on the way. In looking up spotting features I discovered a glaring mistake in many of my GE Dash-8 and later phase descriptions: I got the dynamic brake intake and outlet vents mixed up, incorrectly labelling the left-side vents as intakes - so I've corrected the affected pages.
Over the last few days I've been adding more 1:18 B23-7 and B36-7 drawings while making a host of minor tweaks to existing versions, with the latest change being a very slight shortening (a scale 1/2") of the center hood section. This correction ensures that the doors and hood line up exactly with the changes in hood length relative to 16-cylinder models (2' 9" shorter for 12-cylinder models, 5' 6" shorter for the U18B).
GE B-boats have arrived! Well, I guess that doesn't work quite as well as "U-boats" - but in any case, the first 1:18 GE Dash-7 drawings have been added, starting with the B23-7.
Following several requests recently for 1:18 painted BN and BNSF SD40-2's, I've added a bunch of undecorated SD40-2 drawings representing most of BN (and CS) production, with the couple of remaining variations hopefully to come soon. Along the way I discovered a few additional small detail changes that happened midway through SD40-2 production. The combination of BN's numbering (and renumbering) system along with all the incremental phase details is incredibly complicated, so I hope I've accurately listed them all. Painted versions are to follow!
I'm now most of the way through a large update that affects almost all EMD/GMD 1:18 drawings. I'm adding foundry-specific trucks (with casting logos) to any drawings that are still missing them. I also discovered small inconsistencies in the rooftop fans when making SD40-2(W) drawings, so all radiator/dynamic brake fans are receiving revisions to the lower edge, roof bolts and rim clips. GMD wide-nose cab units have received some additional small corrections. The changes are all very minor, but I'd like all the drawings to be consistent - and it's much easier to correct them now than to wait until I have a much larger number of 1:18 drawings to sort through!
The 1:18 series has finally expanded to include rolling stock! The first such drawings are of Trinity 50' 6" 6200 and 6235 cu-ft boxcars. Along the way, I started what will become an extensive series of separately drawn freight car components (which I'll be uploading soon).
Separate parts include trucks (complete with foundry, suspension and casting lettering variations), handbrakes (representing several manufacturers) and brake control valves, cylinders and pistons (based on Wabtec and NYAB diagrams). These parts will form the building blocks for all 1:18 freight car drawings and will provide a level of accuracy far beyond the 1:55 and 1:36 freight car drawings.
The new boxcar drawings are listed alongside the other rolling stock drawings, under "Undecorated - By Type -> Boxcars, exterior-post" (or "Undecorated - By Railroad" for boxcars representing a specific number series).
The 1:18 GE series has been expanded to include the B39-8 - the first new 4-axle Dash-8 drawings in more than 7 years! Despite having taken many B39-8 photos, I only drew 1:55 versions (which are somewhat lacking) and never drew any 4-axle Dash-8 units in 1:36 in later years. In the process of making these drawings, I discovered a series of photos from 2005-2006 (including many MMA B39-8 photos) that I never scanned, so I added them too in the photos section.
Well, I've finally made another update—and there's a lot to report! First, I've created a new section in which I'll be outlining some of my research into locomotive components, beginning with the EMD GP (Blomberg) truck. Second, I've added a new page illustrating many of the methods I use to actually create the drawings. Third, I've expanded the 1:18 GE series into the Dash 8 series, with a series of Dash 8-40CW drawings representing CR/LMSX versions.
I've gradually been adding more 1:55 drawings to the drawing search and removing them from the old-style list pages, with all ALCO/MLW units now complete.
Also, as I currently have some more GMD locomotives in progress, I've decided to add casting logos to 1:18 locomotive truck sideframes - in addition to the slight casting differences that I was already including. The first units to benefit are all current 1:18 GMD locomotives, which came with GP (Blomberg) trucks cast by Dofasco in Canada.
Lettering and logos are now online! I had a previous page titled "1:36 Logos" that hadn't received any updates for a couple of years, so I've created a new, thumbnail-based page of lettering and logos.
More IC Paducah rebuilds are on the way! After adding the first GP10 drawings in recent weeks, I've now compiled phases and rosters for all of GP8 and GP10 production. See the Locomotive Phases and Rosters section.
New Email Address
More MLW C-424 drawings have been added, along with drawings illustrating the measurements I took from the prototype in the Locomotive Dimensions section.
Another year has come and gone! The year 2013 saw the addition of 188 new drawings: 132 EMD/GMD locomotives, 31 GE locomotives, 22 MLW locomotives and 3 painted locomotives. For 2014, I hope to expand into other locomotive builders as well as rolling stock, plus more painted locomotives. The first drawings of the new year are MLW C-424 variations.
By request, Paducah rebuilds have entered the 1:18 fleet! Over the past few days I've added drawings representing almost all GP11 variations.
The 1:18 series has entered the 21st Century! After 11 months of sporadic work, the first 1:18 GE Evolution drawings have been completed: CN ES44DC variations. These were scaled with railroad diagrams and a series of telephoto side views of CN ES44DCs I took over the past few years.
As many of the new series I'm working on take a lot of time to draw from scratch, I'm reducing my drawing goal for 2013 from 250 to 175 drawings.
I'm still here! With work and a recent move from Sherbrooke to Montreal, QC, I've had little time for working on the site. But today sees the addition of new GP40-2(W), GP40-2L(W) and SD45-2 drawings—the latter being the first SD45-2 drawings since 2006.
The first ALCO/MLW 1:18 drawings have been completed! First started at the end of March, the 1:18 MLW M-636 drawings added today may be the most dimensionally accurate drawings to date. Why? Because on March 22, I took a whole slew of measurements from CP 4723, an MLW M-636 on display in Farnham, QC - the first locomotive I have measured directly. I have drawn the version represented by 4723 (a late-model M-636 as modified) but will be adding other M-line variations.
For these and other locomotive measurements, see the Locomotive Dimensions page.
EMD GP60M drawings have been added in 1:18, representing a substantial upgrade over my last GP60M drawings in 1:55. I've also made a series of corrections and revisions to existing GP50, GP59 and GP60 drawings, mostly involving underframe and handrail details.
See drawings from several scales at once! I've revamped the drawing search to display drawings in any of the scales all the same time, eliminating the dozen or so separate pages previously used to display the scales separately. Try out the new search feature below.
The 1:18 series now has another model that has long been absent from recent drawings: The EMD GP60. Unlike all my earlier renditions of the GP60, this version has the correct truck centers and other dimensional variations compared to earlier EMD Geeps.
Yearly wrap-up: Another year has come and gone! The year 2012 will be remembered for transitions between three different scales: It began in 1:36, moved temporarily to 1:24 and concluded with 1:18, which has become the new drawing standard. With the addition of a few new drawings at the end of the year, the 1:18 total has now surpassed 100 drawings. The recent additions include a few more EMD GP40 variations and a perennial railfan favourite, the SD45.
A total of 194 drawings were completed in 2012 that are currently on the site, which is close to my revised autumn goal of 200 drawings. However, this total does not include the 89 1:24 drawings that accounted for the middle half of the year, which were all replaced by 1:18 versions. Considering the time required to "initialize" both the 1:24 and 1:18 series (drawing parts like trucks, couplers, horns etc. for the first time) I'm happy with the progress I made in 2012.
Here is the 2012 drawing breakdown:
- 1:36 series:
- ALCO Locomotives: 16
- EMD/GMD Locomotives: 36
- GE Locomotives: 34
- Painted drawings: 7
- 1:24 series (no longer online):
- EMD/GMD Locomotives: 88
- Painted drawings: 1
- 1:18 series:
- EMD/GMD Locomotives: 100
- Painted drawings: 1
I already have several 1:18 series under development, including the EMD GP50 (never completed in 1:36) and GE ES44DC.
New drawing scale! Over the last three weeks I have been converting all my 1:24 drawings (with minor corrections) into a larger scale of 4 pixels per scale inch, named the 1:18 series. This scale is exactly twice the size of the 1:36 series and allows for a higher level of detail and (perhaps more importantly) smooth, fine lines. The initial batch of 1:18 drawings is an exact copy of the entire 1:24 series (minus the five SD40-2 drawings, which are in progress). I have therefore removed the 1:24 series, since the 1:18 series now fulfills the role of a higher-resolution scale.
The 1:24 series may not yet have a large selection of models, but the first painted version has already been uploaded: A CN GP38-2(W). Look for more 1:24 painted drawings to gradually make an appearance.
Five months have passed since the last update, but there is finally news to report! Several new locomotive models have been introduced in 1:24, all with the highest level of detail of any drawings on the site. These include GP38-2(W) and SD40-2 drawings, which I had already done in 1:36 but that I drew again to establish dimensions.
Bigger news is the addition of 1:24 EMD GP30 drawings—the first GP30 drawings since the 1:55 versions of 2006. These were made with the help of EMD mechanical drawings to establish exact frame and hood dimensions.
How accurate are the drawings? Find that out, along with information about the development of the 1:24 series, in the updated information pages below.
Work continues on the recently introduced 1:24 large-scale drawings, which I am greatly enjoying drawing. The series now includes the first new EMD GP35 drawings since 2005 - despite its similarities to the GP40 (well-represented in 1:36) I never got around to drawing the GP35. My hope is to soon introduce 1:24 drawings of the GP30, a classic locomotive that I also never made it past the 1:55 series.
I've also corrected a number of small errors or omissions in the existing 1:24 GP40 drawings I uploaded in April.
Big news! A new experimental scale has been introduced. In an attempt to create even more detail than what is possible in the 1:36 drawings, I started dabbling in vector images in late February 2012. However, I realized very early on that they would take far, far too much time to complete. As a result, I instead used my tried-and-true bitmap drawing method at 36 pixels per foot, or 1.5 times the size of the 1:36 drawings. To my knowledge, these represent the largest GIF images of train drawings on the Internet.
The first results of this new scale are now listed online as 1:24 drawings—click on the title image above for a sample. As with all of my previous scales, the first drawings are GP40 variations. I may continue drawing in 1:36 for locomotives for which I have less reference material. But for locomotives for which I have many photos and dimensions to work from, the new 1:24 scale represents the last barrier for detail resolution: Foundry casting lettering and hexagonal bolts are among the only things it can't display.
Work is underway to expand the rather limited selection of 1:36 ALCO locomotives - and with the addition of some C-425 drawings today, the 1:36 drawing total has now topped 1500.
Up to now, I've only posted my drawings on the website and not used them for anything else. Not anymore! I've created a Zazzle store featuring modified versions of the drawings displayed on this site, in addition to new railway-related artwork. Click the "Store" link at the top of the page to learn more!
Another year has come and gone! It was a fairly quiet year for drawings, but 2011 still saw the addition of 246 new 1:36 drawings, mostly at the beginning and end of the year. Here is the final breakdown:
- EMD locomotives: 164
- GE locomotives: 53
- Rolling Stock: 16
- Painted drawings: 13
The last drawings of 2011 were early UP versions of the GE ES44AC, and 2012 started off with later versions of the same. Concidentally, ES44AC drawings were also among the first drawings of 2011.
First-generation EMD SD units have made their appearance in 1:36 in the form of SD24 and SD24B drawings. These unusual locomotives paved the way for more conventional (and more successful) turbocharged SD models. Also, the ES44AC series, long only a partial representation of actual production, has been bolstered by drawings of CP variations.
I have Internet once again after being without for two weeks, so a backlog of 40 drawings have been uploaded. In an effort to keep to my goal of 300 drawings for the year, I have added a slew of EMD SD40 and SD45 drawings and have some earlier-generation units underway as well.
It's turning into a slow year for drawings, but fear not - more have just been posted! These include various GP38-2 and GP40 units, DDA40X drawings representing the modifications made to UP 6936, and a bunch of ARI tank car drawings.
Every so often I come across drawings that I drew some time ago but forgot to upload. Well, I just came across a rather extreme case today: GMD GP38-2 drawings that I hadn't yet uploaded after finishing them almost a year ago, in September 2010! They are now online.
Additionally, with much of my time concentrated on photo and recording updates so far this year, I've reduced my 2011 drawing goal in the Statistics and Yearly Progress page from 450 to 300 drawings.
It's been another long hiatus - for drawings at least, since I've been adding a whole slew of this summer's photos and recordings to the site. But drawings are once again underway, with today's additions including Dash 8-40C and Gunderson boxcar drawings I did a while back.
After 2 1/2 months, it's high time for another update! Drawings slowed to a trickle in February and March as I was busy with work outside the site, but there was still a backlog waiting to be uploaded, including some EMD GP38 and GP40-2 variations and the first 1:36 SD60 drawings.
But hot off the press are some more exciting drawings: six versions of the EMD DDA40X, representing as-built and modified versions of three production phases. These are the first new DDA40X drawings since the single 1:55 left-side view from 2002, which never really did this giant locomotive justice.
Loved by railfans but loathed by crews, the C39-8 (above) was the most common of the early "camelback" Dash-8 units - and it is now rendered in 1:36! The C39-8 drawings will form the basis for drawings of other early Dash-8 units: the B32-8, B39-8 and C32-8.
Well, 2010 has come and gone - and it was a productive year for drawings! The final total was 495 drawings, which is a record for the 1:36 series and an increase of more than 60% over 2009. It was also the highest yearly total outside of 2004-2006. Here is the final tally
- 6 ALCO locomotives - a small total that will hopefully expand in 2011
- 254 EMD/GMD locomotives - some new models and many variations of common Dash-2 series units
- 111 GE locomotives - including the introduction of the six-axle Dash-8 series
- 24 MLW locomotives - all M-liners of various sorts
- 8 NRE locomotives - the first NRE drawings on the site in any scale
- 56 rolling stock drawings - the first such drawings after only a handful from 2008-2009
- 36 painted drawings - a modest number that should increase once I have more undecorated drawings to work from
The year is winding down! 2010 has already become one of the most productive years in terms of drawings, and it remains to be seen what the final tally will be. The most recent additions have been late-model GE units, including the Dash 8-40CM and ES44C4.
I've also once again turned my attention to the old 1:55 drawings: another portion of the 1:55 series has now been cropped, renamed and displayed in the new tabular page format, including painted locomotives from A to C.
Finally, an update! The 1:36 series now has an array of undecorated and painted hopper cars and tank cars. I've also re-coded the 1:36 drawing pages—they look pretty much the same as before, but they now update themselves automatically as new drawings are added to the database, which saves me a lot of work.
More 1:55 drawings have been added to the database search: almost the entire GP38-2 series. The ALCO RS series has also been introduced in 1:36, with the addition of RS-32 drawings. The RS-32 (and related RS-36) never made it into the 1:55 series.
Drawing milestone: There are now over 1,000 1:36 drawings! Unfortunately, I reached this number unknowingly over the last week in the midst of a drawing frenzy of several dozen new drawings, so I don't actually know which one is the 1,000th drawing. The year-to-date 1:36 total is now 336 drawings—well past the total for all of 2009. Today's additions include F-units, 4-axle U-boats, a few Dash-8 and SD38 variations and 4 painted drawings.
With GE Universal, Dash-7, Dash-9, AC and Evolution units drawn in 1:36, the last series without any drawings was the Dash-8 line—and that has now been remedied! A bunch of Dash 8-40CW drawings have been added, with other Dash-8 drawings in the works. Some additional GP38-2 and GP40-2 drawings have been added as well, mostly representing late-production units.
The 1:55 series is finally receiving some attention! I will not be adding new 1:55 drawings or changing existing ones (I'm treating them like an archive) but I am giving all of them new labels and filenames, and storing them in a database. This will allow me to present them in the same search-based tabular display as the 1:36 series. As I add new labels to the drawings and store the drawings in the database, I will be removing them from the old 1:55 pages and listing them in new pages.
Ten 1:36 drawings from 2008 and 2009 have been added—it wasn't until now that I realized I had forgotten to add them! They include the last remaining EMD RM-1 variation (GP38 rebuild, QGRY 802 and SLR 803) as well as 8 EMD GP40X drawings.
All existing 1:36 4-axle GE Dash-7 drawings have been revised after I discovered that the walkway height was about 2 scale inches too high. Along with the revisions, Conrail versions of the B23-7 have been added (the first 1:36 "B-boats" with Type B trucks).
Ever wanted to see all the painted drawings of one locomotive model, or all the undecorated drawings representing one railroad? Now you can! The filenames of 1:36 drawings are now stored in a database, rather than listed directly in HTML files. This allows for more flexibility in organizing the drawings without the hassle of updating dozens of separate pages. The table-based display of the drawings is exactly the same as before.
All four original models of the 1966 SD line have been introduced in 1:36: SD38, SD39, SD40, SD45.
Go ahead - count the rivets! The classic EMD F series has been introduced in 1:36, and it comes complete with the correct number of rivets on seams! These are the first accurate F-unit drawings to be featured on the site: No completely accurate 1:55 F-units exist. All 1:55 F- and E-units can trace their roots back to 2001, and only two were partly revised in 2007.
This also brings the drawing total to over 4000 drawings - which means, of course, that the 4000th drawing is an F-unit! It's a generic Phase 1a1 F7A, to be precise, and it's displayed above.
Why did I choose the F7A for the 4000th drawing? The 1000th drawing was a Royal Hudson 4-6-4 (a Canadian steamer), the 2000th drawing was a GG-1 (an American electric), the 3000th drawing was the TGV V150 (a French high-speed trainset)... But the vast majority of the drawings on this site are North American diesels, which owe their success to the revolutionary first-generation cab units that supplanted steam. The EMD F-series was the most successful line of cab units ever built, and the F7A was the line's most successful model.
A bunch of drawings that I completed in early January have finally been uploaded: Undecorated SD75M, SD75I, SD70ACe and C30-7 drawings and two painted drawings, including the first ATSF "warbonnet" locomotive. I'm fast approaching 4000 drawings... I haven't yet figured out what the 4000th drawing will be.
The first new drawings of 2010 are a slew of SD40-2(W) variations, depicting earlier units (CN 5241-5323).
Also, I've made an accurate count of 1:55 drawings, and it turns out that the previous count was inaccurate for a few sections. The 1:55 drawing total is in fact 23 less than what had been displayed here for the past 2 years.
Happy New Year! Today saw the addition of a new page of logos and text in the 1:36 drawings section.
A recap of the drawings of 2009:
- I started with a goal of 400 drawings, but lowered the goal to 300 after spending a huge amount of time working on the new Photos section.
- The division of drawings was similar to 2008, with EMD locomotives accounting for more than half the total and GE locomotives forming a large chunk of the remainder:
- 8 ALCO Locomotives (all C636)
- 155 EMD Locomotives
- 94 GE Locomotives
- 15 MLW Locomotives (all M420)
- 4 Rolling Stock
- 26 Painted locomotives
- Final total was 302 drawings—the lowest total since 2001, but nonetheless above my goal of 300.
With the major revamp of the photos section mostly out of the way, I expect the 1:36 drawing total for 2010 will be higher. I spent 2009 narrowly focussed on requests and locomotive variations that I never completed in 1:55. For 2010, I hope to simply broaden out the array of drawings under a wider scope.
Merry Christmas! This will likely be the last update of 2009, so the next update will be a recap of the past year's drawings.
The MLW M420 series has been added in 1:36, starting with all CN versions. These drawings bring the 2009 drawing total above my (revised) goal of 300 drawings.
ALCO-haulics rejoice! For the last 8 years or so, one noteworthy ALCO model has received more requests than almost any other locomotive--and that is the C636. Drawings of this unique locomotive have finally been completed!
The C636 drawing has a colourful history. In early 2008, following the completion of 1:55 C630 drawings, I was on the verge of starting a 1:55 C636 when my plans changed completely with the introduction of the 1:36 series. I started a 1:36 version in May 2009, and it reached about 60% completion in a few days. It then sat idle until late October, when a few more days of work brought it to 80% completion. Finally, within the past few days, a few additional photos allowed me to finish the remainder of the drawing.
Today's other additions include more MP15AC drawings to compliment the lone SP version that has been online since mid-2008.
All remaining drawing pages have been converted to the new CSS layout--which is to say almost all pages other than the 1:36 series. In the process, I was thinking to myself, "Wow... That's one heck of a lot of 1:55 drawings!" It has re-motivated me to get into action on the 1:36 series, which has been sitting more or less stagnant since the summer.
I have just finished an extensive redesign of the photo page, which has been a work in progress over the last few months. With that project now mostly complete, I hope to turn my attention back to the drawings fairly soon.
It has been over a month since any of the site has been updated. If drawings have been few and far between, it's because the major work over the last few months has been on the photos section, which will be receiving an extensive makeover in the coming days. Stay tuned!
Drawings are back on track! Today saw the addition of almost 30 drawings: additional SW1500, GP38-2 and GP40 variations, 14 new GP9u drawings and six painted locomotives. This brings the 1:36 total to over 600 drawings.
It's been a really long time since I've added new drawings, but there are some underway. I'm working on GP9u drawings and have several other locomotives planned. However, work on other sections of the site (revamping the photo section and updating the pages to CSS) is taking precedence over drawings at the moment.
See the Trainiax homepage for additional information about the new site layout.
2009-06-25The roster of painted drawings has been expanded with the addition of 6 drawings from various roads. All of these include new logos and I will soon upload high-resolution versions of the logos I used.
Also, I will be making my yearly trip to Ontario from June 26 to July 06, from which I hope to return (as usual) with many train photos.
The EMD SW1500 has made an appearance in 1:36 with the addition of 22 new drawings, with more to come.
After an eternity in a mostly-completed state, 1:36 EMD FP45 drawings have finally been added. Also, the 1:36 drawings page has been revamped and now lists painted 1:36 drawings by railroad.
1:36 ES44AC drawings have arrived, and they include some of the most recently manufactured units. Today's additions bring the 1:36 series to a total of 500 drawings.
GE AC4400CW drawings have been added, paving the way for AC-powered ES-series units.
A few existing 1:36 series have been expanded, with the addition of EMD GP38-2 drawings (EJE, KCS and PLE versions), GE B30-7A drawings (MP versions) and GE C30-7A drawings.
However, the biggest news of today is the addition of IC Paducah rebuilds, in the form of a whole slew of EMD GP11 drawings representing all but one of the GP11 variations. The previous 1:55 GP11 drawings trace their origins back to 2001 and have long been ripe for replacement.
At last, after almost two months, some drawing news! March was a busy month, so I had very little time to do any drawing work.
A long-planned update to 1:36 EMD drawings has been completed. Ever since April 2008, I've been meaning to revise all units in the GP38-39-40 series (including Dash-2 units), and I've finally completed these revisions. Traction motor cables, fuel cutoff switch, air reservoir tilt, radiator intake length, fuel tank height and (on Dash-2 units) rear hood door spacing were all changed.
No new drawings have been added yet. EMD FP45 drawings are in progress.
Late-model GE units continue with the addition of ES40DC drawings. I hope to soon add Dash-9 and ES locomotives from other railroads, as well as AC variations.
Over a month into the new year, and finally another update! Today saw the introduction of the Dash-9 series in 1:36, bringing the 1:36 total to over 400 drawings. The first drawings are Dash 9-44CW's (CN versions) and Dash 9-40CW's.
I've finally figured out the various differences in naming and dimensions. Contrary to popular belief, the "L" in Dash 9-44CWL does not refer to greater length. All CN Dash 9-44CW units (no "L" in the name) ride on a standard 69' 4" Dash-9 frame, but they have modified coupler pockets that increase the length between coupler pulling faces from 73' 2" to 73' 8". The builders plate on these units says Dash 9-44CW.
The first CN order, with the 4-window cab, is also 73' 8" long but has a different frame that lowers the walkway height from about 71" to just under 68" and reduces the weight by about 5000 lb. CN refers to these as Dash 9-44CWL, although the builders plate says C44-9W.
I've also decided to refer to the units by their GE designation, with Dash spelled out in front, even though I think it's gimmicky.
Happy New Year! 2008 has drawn to a close, and the year marked the first transition to a new scale since the switch from 1:110 to 1:55 back in 2000. Here's a drawing wrapup for the year 2008:
- The 1:55 series received 79 new additions in early 2008 before the switch to 1:36. While I had initially planned on continuing the 1:55 series, I ended up converting entirely to 1:36.
- The 1:36 series finished the year with a total of 374 drawings, and as with the early 1:55 drawings in 2000-2001, more than 80% of them were EMD locomotives.
- The last drawing of 2008 was a personal favourite--a CN GP40-2L(W).
- The final total of all drawings for 2008 was 453. For most of the year, based on how many drawings I was finishing, my goal for 2008 was 400.
- The first drawings of 2009 are two GE C30-7 drawings (Conrail version). With these drawings, I've introduced a new dating system that will include the date of any revisions as well as the date of initial completion.
I won't make any grand predictions for 2009, since I hardly ever end up drawing what I plan in advance--but I do hope to broaden into locomotives of other builders. Specifically, I'm planning on drawing late-model GE units (following my recent discovery of new dimensional data) as well as ALCO Century and RS-series locomotives of varying types, some of which never made it into 1:55.
A bunch of odds and ends were added today in 1:36--a few GP9, GP40-2, SD40-2 and B23-7 drawings--along with a painted DRGW SD40T-2. I've added new GP7 and GP9 phase descriptions based on those of locomotive historian Scott Chatfield, and the listing of 1:36 GP9/GP9RM drawings has been modified to reflect the new phases. I've also made some very minor revisions (rear louver placement and exhaust stack shape) to all the GP9 drawings.
Also--today's additions bring the 1:36 EMD total up to 300, in the 10 months since the series was started. By comparison, it took more than 3 years for the 1:55 EMD series to reach 300 drawings in 2000-2003.
(Above) Isn't that the funkiest unrebuilt GP9 you ever saw? It's one of CN's unmistakable units equipped with Flexicoil trucks, a shallow fuel tank, spark arrestors, an as-built cutaway fuel tank skirt and internal air reservoirs. Today saw the addition of more than 60 undecorated and painted drawings of the GP9 series, which got a sudden jump-start over the last week.
Seven 1:36 painted locomotives were added today. Improvements over similar 1:55 units include:
CN, CV and GTW (post-1961)
- Logos and numbers (finally) coloured light grey (CN Grey #17) instead of white
- More accurate representation of CN Orange #11 (hood ends) as well as changes to CV green/yellow and GTW blue
- CN, CV and GTW "noodle" logos redrawn at higher resolution, with correct 8:3 proportion and curvature (based off 40x15 grid)
- More accurate fonts used for numbers (Gothic725 Bd BT Bold, or Swis721 Md BT Bold, depending on era)
Chessie System and Southern Railway:
- New, higher-resolution renditions of logos and numbers (traced from actual lettering rather than modified from fonts)
I hope to add a page displaying the new logos and numbers as used in the 1:36 drawings.
Also--with today's update, the 1:36 series is now more than 10% of the size of the 1:55 series... I have a long way to go yet!
DM30AC drawings have been added, and some minor corrections were made to the DE30AC drawings.
Surprise! I don't think many people were expecting it, but the DE30AC is now part of the 1:36 series--roughly 6 years after it was first requested. I also plan on making DM30AC drawings, plus as-modified and painted versions of both.
The other noteworthy addition: The C425 series has kicked off ALCO drawings in 1:36, and should (eventually) pave the way for the long-awaited C636.
Lots to report today! I've finally caught up on uploading various drawing projects from the last month or so. Here's what's new (all in 1:36):
- After six months of very sporadic work on an SD70M drawing, the series has arrived--with a bang! I've picked out 15--yes, fifteen--different Union Pacific SD70M variations, and 14 of them are complete and online. The most recent UP version and those of other railroads remain to be done. I've revised and expanded the SD70M phase descriptions.
- The SD40-2 and SD70ACe series continue incremental expansion. The SD40-2 additions are a BO version I did in May but that I forgot to upload. I've added SD70ACe phase descriptions.
- A few more Dash-7s have arrived, depicting some of the more interesting variations: high-hood SOU units and the first of BN's two B30-7AB variations.
- A new section of road vehicles has been introduced. The first to be drawn: 1995-1997 Subaru Legacy variations (there's bias here, since that's what I drive!) I've already received requests for additional 1:36 cars and will develop the series as a (secondary) compliment to the train drawings.
As a result of the SD70M and SD70ACe additions, I've revised the way I describe locomotive phases. Individual locomotive models (or series) will now get their own page with detailed phase descriptions, and a link to the phase descriptions will be placed directly on the series' respective drawing section. These changes will be phased in gradually as I complete more locomotive models. Note: Older phase descriptions in the 1:55 drawing pages may not coincide with the current phase escriptions, which are more detailed.
September 06 update: GE units are the order of the day! The first 1:36 B23-7 and U30C drawings have been added. These new drawings revealed some dimensional inaccuracies in the existing 1:36 C30-7 drawings, which have been corrected.
I've also created a new section of "parts" from the 1:36 drawings.
Well, where do I begin? It's been an eternity since the last update and there's a fair amount to report!
One reason for the absence of updates was that I was in BC for the first half of August. I have a lot of photos to post from that trip.
Today's additions include the first 1:36 rolling stock drawings (NSC 5140 cu-ft boxcar and Greenbrier 53' well car) and the first 1:36 MP15-series drawings (SP-style MP15AC). I've also added a bunch of GP38-2(W) and GP40-2L(W) drawings. I unknowingly reached 3500 drawings with these additions--no milestone drawing was selected.
I have a lot planned for the immediate future and I'm not quite sure what's going to appear first. I have a bunch of 1:36 "parts" as separate images--trucks, couplers, speedometer cables, traction motors, air dryers, horns... Once they receive labels and filenames they'll be ready to be incorporated into a yet-to-be-created 1:36 Parts section.
U30C and SD70M drawings have been underway for a long time, but I haven't worked on them recently. I do hope to expand the currently limited selection of 1:36 GE locomotives and to start a 1:36 ALCO/MLW section.