View Full Version : Looking For Steam Locomotive Blueprints/Backdrops

02-28-2006, 12:54 AM
Hi, Does anyone know a good place to pick up some good Steam Locomotive Blueprints/Backdrops? I want to do some model railroading so to speak :) And I lack the backdrop images I need to start modeling. Looking for steam engines anywhere between 1900 to 1950.

02-28-2006, 01:33 AM
some here

02-28-2006, 07:26 AM
It may take more work, but you could use a Lionel type model train, and base your train off of that. Are you using the backdrop to design the scene or put behind the scene?:)

02-28-2006, 12:19 PM
I plan on using the backdrop to model off of, and I like your idea with the model train and I do have some just not the type of engine I want to make. But I may just have to settle for something else. I have also looked in http://blueprints.onnovanbraam.com but I'm just not that crazy about some of the locomotives in there either was just wondering if there was any other places.

03-01-2006, 11:08 AM
Do you know which type of locomotive you are looking for? As in the old version with the really big stack and cab, or the newer version that looks a lot more solid.

03-01-2006, 02:02 PM
Your best bet is going to be to see if there is a hobby/model train shop near you. You can usually find tons of stuff like you're looking for there. If it's a big enough one, they'll probably carry plans for modelers who like to scratchbuild.

03-01-2006, 06:36 PM
You want to find a copy of this book:
Model Railroader Cyclopedia, Volume 1: Steam Locomotives
By Linn H. Westcott, Kalmbach Publishing.
This is the standard reference for model railroaders, even reviews of model locomotives reference this book.


03-01-2006, 09:22 PM
Google turned up a bunch of stuff as well. Here are a few of the better ones.





03-02-2006, 05:33 PM
Hey guys just wanted to say thanks for the help, I think I'm good to go now.

03-02-2006, 07:02 PM
Just in case... I wanted to let you know that I have a selection of book illo scans that you might find usefull. I also have a humungous collection of steam locomotive portrait photographs; not good as backdrops, but excellent detail references (I probably have some that would be good match for the steamcad drawings).
Let me know if you're interested.