Scale Train Drawings
Welcome to the Trainiax drawings page! This is a collection of drawings that I have been working on since late 2000.
The DC SD70 series (including the SD70M and SD75I) was always an early arrival in previous scales: It was among the first "tiny trains" I drew in 1999, and it appeared in the second year of the 1:55 series (2001), the first year of the redrawn 1:55 series (2005) and the second year of the 1:36 series (2009).
But 1:18 was the exception - and today the first SD75I variations finally arrived almost 10 years into the series. I had actually started on the SD75I before the SD70MAC, which arrived in late 2020; I drew them partly in parallel but then focused on finishing the SD70MAC since it was much less well-represented in earlier scales.
The thing about having a website for many years is that you sometimes lose track of lingering old pages or bits of outdated code - long forgotten amid more recent updates.
Case in point: The 1:36 "Road vehicles, Lineside Structures and Equipment" listed under "Other Images" below. I discovered that those drawings (formerly split in two pages) were still using the page template from many years ago - and hence the pages had a complete lack of page styles and colours! I've updated them to the current format - and in the process combined them (as well as the 1:28 and 1:14 drawings) into two pages instead of four.
Another code-related update: A long-overdue switch from http to https.
Older 1:55 drawings
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 (Bruce's painted versions of Trainiax drawings are displayed here)
- Nick O'Dell - who shared extensive CSXT paint and lettering information and many locomotive detail photos
- James Walton - who forwarded a collection of nearly 2,000 detail photos that were invaluable in drawing several Canadian locomotive models
Thanks also to
- Jon Clark
- Dave Queener
- Jones Rana
- Bishop Smith
- Wayne Snyder
- Joseph J. Thomson
- Fernando Uribe
- Nick Wilson
While I am not open to commercial use of the drawings, they are free for all non-commercial purposes at no cost. I would only ask the following:
- For non-personal use of the drawings (such as display on other websites) 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.
Check out the Links page for websites with other drawings, including modified versions of the drawings posted on this site.