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Drawing Requests

Let me know if you'd like to see new locomotives or rolling stock in the drawings, or updated versions of old drawings.  I try to fill out requests on a regular basis. I will not take payments for requests, but neither will I guarantee their completion (I want to keep the drawings as a hobby, not a job).

Drawing and Image Use

As of March 2019, I've revised the terms of use for the drawings (and other images) on the site. Non-commercial display of drawings no longer requires my prior permission.

Non-commercial use: The drawings are free for all non-commercial purposes at no cost. I would only ask the following:

Commercial use: Please contact me for commercial use of the drawings.

About the Author

My name is Michael Eby, and I've had a lifelong interest in trains. While my initial passion was simply as a "railfan" - watching trains and running HO scale models - I've gradually shifted more toward researching locomotive history and design, particularly how small external details relate to the underlying mechanical parts.

I was born on January 20, 1986 in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, and I've spent most of my life living in the surrounding area (Waterville, Lennoxville and North Hatley). I spent a year in France in 1993-1994 (in Viroflay, near Paris) where I gained an appreciation for the first-rate commuter rail and metro system around Paris, and I was in Montreal, QC for almost a year in 2013-2014. My immediate family is from Ontario and British Columbia. Although I function primarily in English, I am very comfortable in French.

My interest in trains stemmed from living next to what is now the SLR line, on Rte. 143 across from Courval Rd. near Waterville, QC. As a child, I could watch trains from the house, and by age 13 (in 1999) I started crossing the highway to watch the trains up close. Most of the "distant" sound recordings of SLR trains on this site from 2000-2001 were taken from the back porch of the house. In the following years I rode my bike to watch the trains elsewhere - sometimes racing against slow-moving SLR trains on the Waterville grade to watch them twice - before progressing to farther locations after getting my full driving license in 2005. Following a 2008 re-routing of Rte. 143 at the intersection of Courval road, the house I grew up in no longer exists.

Beyond my interest in trains, I tend to be a "thinker". I ponder my words and decisions before making them (for what it's worth, I'm almost a textbook ISTP personality). My perspectives, while sometimes very definite, also tend to be in shades of grey, which often lands me in a middle ground between political or religious extremes - albeit with a decidedly leftward tilt. I've always preferred function over form, which is very evident in my cars (base-model Subaru hatchbacks) and my computer (a hodge-podge of new and ancient parts with two monitors and wires everywhere).


All my schooling up to high school and CÉGEP (a Quebec form of pre-university) was geared toward becoming a mechanical engineer. When I finally did start a mechanical engineering degree, I found the program too narrow and competitive for my interests and mindset. Lacking any other concrete direction, I decided in 2007 to pursue my interests (rather than a direct career path) by going into environmental studies; my childhood interest in trees and the environment in fact predates my interest in trains.

Partway through my environmental studies degree (which had a lasting impact on my devotion to environmental causes) I started taking computer science courses as electives, mainly to improve my web-coding skills. I ended up so enthused by the course content that I learned much of it before it was taught, and immediately applied sweeping changes to the design and code of this site starting in 2009. At the end of my degree in 2012, I took a slew of additional computer science courses to accumulate the equivalent of a certificate.


I started outdoor summer work gradually as a teenager in the early 2000's, mowing lawns to put a bit of money aside (often for model train purchases). Somewhat to my own surprise, the work gradually expanded by word-of-mouth to include a diversity of other jobs - and when I briefly tried to get a "real" 9-to-5 job around 2013-2014, I realized that demand was far greater among my friends and contacts for the work I was already doing.

As a result, my work is extremely diverse, and largely (but not entirely) seasonal. I won't get rich (far from it) but I have a flexible schedule that, among other things, leaves me with significant stretches of time that I can devote to this site.


Interests (aside from trains)

Railroad Perspectives