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
Index to the GWR Journal
BRMNA drawings and articles listing
Body diagrams of GWR short and early bogie coaches (on the Penhros Junction site)

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)


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


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
TVR Kits
TVR References
TVR Liveries
Some 4mm TVR wagons
7mm ex-TVR Coaches

The Barry Pages
Courtesy Cardiff Rail Website Modelling the Barry Railway
Barry Railway Kits
Barry Railway References
Barry Railway Liveries
Barry & Penarth MRC 7mm Locos
Redcraft 7mm Barry Railway Stock
Barry Railway Heavy Haulers
Barry Railway Goods Stock Models
Disused Barry Structures


The Cambrian pages


Modelling the Cambrian lines
Kits for Cambrian Railways stock
"Johnstown Road" 7mm layout
"Eaton Gomery" 4mm layout
Some Cambrian models


The Rhymney pages


Kits for Rhymney Railway stock


The Brecon & Merthyr pages


Kits for Brecon & Merthyr Railway stock


The M&SWJR Pages
Modelling the M&SWJR
M&SWJR Kits & Models
M&SWJR References
M&SWJR Loco Line-up
M&SWJR Rolling Stock
Robert Evans' ex-M&SWJR 4mm models


Modelling the DN&SR


Modelling the DN&SR


The Bristol & North Somerset line


Down the line on the Bristol & North Somerset


The Watlington Pages

Modelling the Watlington branch
Watlington today


The Brentford Branch


The Brentford Branch
GWR road vehicles
Introduction and references
Some available kits and models
Horse drawn vehicles
Miscellaneous models
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.