Locked Passenger Car Drawings in the Southern Railway Historical Assoc. archives

George Eichelberger

We just finished a productive week-end work session at the SRHA/L&NHS/TVRM archives building at TVRM. It has been possible for us to scan “D” size drawings for several years but the new scanner improves both the quality and speed. As more modelers learn “CAD” software and 3-D printing, I expect we will see prototypes available that simply would never sell in enough volume to warrant producing them in injection molded plastic.

SRHA is fortunate to have most (!) of the original ink-on-linen or blue print copies of Southern Railway passenger car drawings from about 1888 through the lightweight era. As most of Southern’s passenger cars were “stock” Car Builder designs, the drawings are not limited to just the Southern. I’ve attached an example from the Pressed Steel Car Co. drawn 6-8-1915 for Southern 69’ steel passenger cars 1443, 1511-1543, 1547-1548 and M&O 203-206 and 343-346 (size and resolution has been drastically reduced to save bandwidth).

Although it is not quite possible to provide drawings on-demand, we will do whatever we can to help anyone with plans to produce passenger car parts or kits. Archives work sessions are the third Fri/Sat of every month, everyone is welcome to come and help. (archives@...)