Scale Train Drawings
Welcome to the Trainiax drawings page! This is a collection of drawings that I have been working on since late 2000.
With a couple more RSD-12 drawings, I've reached my goal of 250 drawings for 2023. I'm hoping to continue adding more ALCO drawings in the remainder of the year.
In one of the more noteworthy omissions from the drawings, in 23 years I have never drawn a 6-axle ALCO RSD-series locomotive in any scale. That changed today with the arrival of the RSD-12 in 1:18.
The first step started a week ago with the making of ALCO Tri-mount trucks. This was time-consuming but straightforward as I had several excellent ALCO mechanical diagrams to work from. The second step was to stretch the frame and hood on an existing RS-11 drawing - also straightforward since most of the other dimensions are the same.
The third step involved searching and sifting through hundreds of RSD-12 and RSD-15 photos to try to decipher the finer underframe details - which was the most time-consuming part. Unlike for previous ALCO models I've drawn, I don't have my own photos or direct measurements of an RSD-12.
I haven't yet incorporated all the 1:55 drawings into the drawing search pages above. The remaining drawings are still listed on the older 1:55 pages:
Requests and Progress
- Website Building—How I created this site
- Drawing Accuracy—How accurate are the drawings?
- Drawing History—Early drawing history and a detailed look at what's behind the various scales
- Creating the Drawings—The making of the drawings behind the scenes
About the Drawings
- All of my drawings, painted or undecorated, are of real locomotives and rolling stock.
- All of my completed drawings are online, and they exist only as they appear here; I have no higher-resolution or vector versions.
- I do take requests for new drawings. I can never guarantee their completion, but I try to fill them out regularly.
My drawings would not be possible without the extensive contributions from many site viewers sharing photos, diagrams, phase details or corrections, and I am very belatedly publicly sharing my gratitude to those who have helped. (If you've sent me stuff and you're not on the list, please remind me!)
A special thank-you to
- Brian Bennett - who shared a supremely detailed SD40-2 roster with me that formed the basis for my drawings and phase descriptions of the entire EMD Dash-2 series
- Bruce Bridges - who has helped with innumerable roster details and spotting features, and without whom my drawings would contain at least 3 times as many errors or omissions
- Nick O'Dell - who shared extensive CSXT paint and lettering information and many locomotive detail photos
- Jones Rana - who sent me a huge collection of reference photos and drawings, including many ALCO mechanical diagrams
- James Walton - who forwarded a collection of nearly 2,000 detail photos that were invaluable in drawing several Canadian locomotive models
Thanks also to
- Philip Bushdiecker
- Jon Clark
- Dave Queener
- Bishop Smith
- Wayne Snyder
- Joseph J. Thomson
- Fernando Uribe
- Nick Wilson
The drawings are freely available for personal use. For any forms of non-personal use (such as display on other websites) I would ask the following:
- Please provide credit in some way, such as my name and/or the URL of the Trainiax site.
- Please indicate if a drawing has been modified, such as adding to or modifying the label under the drawing. I count on unmodified labels to be indicative of my original drawings. (If you would like to match the original text, it's Arial 10 or 12 pt).
Check out the Links page for websites with other drawings, including modified versions of the drawings posted on this site.