Features and resources

This section lists various notes, suggestions and resources related to modelling the GWR

A selection of Swindon drawings

This collection of Swindon drawings was compiled by John Daniel as part of his excellent Great Western Archive

Railmotors, railcars and coaches

(Also note many body diagrams of GWR short and early bogie coaches on the Penhros Junction site, although these are not official Swindon drawings)

Wagons & freight stock

For tips on how to convert drawings to scale, please see Roger Swainson's useful notes below.

Books, magazines and other resources for drawings and articles


A GWR book reference List
BRMNA drawings and articles listing
Body diagrams of GWR short and early bogie coaches (on the Penhros Junction site)

Index to the GWRJ

The GWRJ was a quarterly magazine published by Wild Swan Publications, and is highly recommended as a modeller's resource and general source of reference on the GWR. A useful index, compiled by John Dolan, is given here, but please note the last update has been indexed only to Issue 67 (July 2008).

●  Microsoft Excel file   (can be sorted by date, type of article etc in Microsoft Excel)

●  CSV file   (readable by most spreadsheet programs and word processors, but some of the original formatting may disappear)

Mat Ots' searchable index for the Great Western Journal.

Photo database


A database of GWR photo references
Stock details

Some GWR tank engine bunker seams
GWR standard boilers – a beginners guide
Reversing gear arrangements on some GWR locomotives
Layout of Stephenson gear on a Churchward standard 2-cylinder locomotive
A Beginner's Guide to GWR tenders
A Beginner's Guide to GWR large prairie tanks
Some notes on the GWR 64xx class
Some notes on the Star class
Some notes on the Dukedog class
The Great Western's heavy tanks
4-6-0 identification guide
A Beginner's Guide to Pannier Tanks
A Beginner's Guide to GWR outside-frame 4-4-0s
A Beginner's Guide to GWR 4-coupled tanks
GWR bunker styles (small engines)

List of loco classes (text file)


GWR coach roof ventilators
Some notes on Bristol Division GWR B-sets
Common GWR bogie types
GWR 4-wheel post-1890 'City' Stock

Coach numbering: the Michael Harris book on Great Western Coaches from 1890 gives a date order listing of lot numbers, diagrams and coach numbers. An easier way of identifying the diagram number from the running number can be found in this Word doc (or equivalent pdf), compiled by Glyn Jones. Mike Flemming has added more details, particularly on the earlier coaches, in an Excel spreadsheet.


GWR Goods Brake Vans
GWR Shunters Trucks
A Beginner's Guide to GWR iron/steel loco coal and mineral wagons
A Beginner's Guide to GWR wagon brakes

Two sets of notes (as Word documents) compiled by Gareth Price on wagon types:
Lineside details


A selection of GWR water cranes
Conical 17-gallon milk churns
GWR ground signals
A selection of pictures of GWR semaphore signals
Clutton's signal construction and operation
A selection of pictures of GWR point rodding
GWR electric token apparatus

Layout Ideas


Avoiding the cliché
Go Edwardian!
Modelling the Welsh Valleys
The Taff Vale Pages


Modelling the Taff Vale Railway
Kits for Taff Vale Railway

The Barry Pages
courtesy Cardiff Rail Website

Modelling the Barry Railway
Kits for Barry Railway
The Cambrian pages


Modelling the Cambrian lines
Kits for Cambrian Railways


The Rhymney pages


Kits for Rhymney Railway


The Brecon & Merthyr pages


Kits for Brecon & Merthyr Railway stock


The M&SWJR Pages


Modelling the M&SWJR
Kits for M&SWJR
Modelling the DN&SR


Modelling the DN&SR


The Bristol & North Somerset line


Down the line on the Bristol & North Somerset


Modelling the Watlington branch

Modelling the Watlington branch
The Brentford Branch


The Brentford Branch
GWR road vehicles
GWR road vehicles and horse-drawn vehicles
Models by Daryle Toney

Reproducing drawings to scale – some notes by Roger Swainson

The drawing archive is a most useful resource – but, whilst accurate, are not to any particular scale. I have found a relatively quick and simple way of re-producing them to a given scale which might be of interest to others. It's certainly much quicker than manually re-drawing the image to the required scale.

It works with the programme I use for manipulating .jpeg images (Paintshop Pro) but I'm pretty certain it will work the same way with others:

Save the image file to your PC
Open the image in Paintshop
Go to page set-up and set the printer to "fit image to page"
Print the image (in my case the Van to Diag V9)
Measure a convenient dimension as printed, e.g. the wheelbase (in my case this printed as 106mm)
Calculate the percentage increase or decrease required to bring the dimension to its correct value (in this case 20' in 4mm or 80mm) i.e. 80/106x100 = 75.47%
Open your printer settings utility, go to 'advanced settings' and create a 'user defined (custom) paper size to match the percentage change required. e.g. my original print was on A4 which is 29.70cm x 21.00cm – the custom page size was set to 22.41 x 15.85cm, i.e. 75.47% of A4, and named 'v9 for identification'
Repeat steps 3 & 4 setting the paper size to 'V9' and 'fit image to page' (no need to change 'actual' paper in printer!)'

What you should now get is a printout with the wheelbase measuring 80mm, i.e. the drawing is now to 4mm scale.

Most 4mm drawings should fit onto an A4 page set to print in Landscape format – working in '0' gauge would probably require an A3 printer – but A3 inkjet printers can now be had for a reasonable sum.