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CAD Drawings for the Live Steam Hobby vol. 2

39 Scale Drawings!

Each Drawing is Fully Dimensioned!
All Necessary Detail is shown.

Volume Two includes these car drawings:

  • 2 Steel Gondolas  
    These are my versions of all steel gondola cars generally made during the 1920's.  I made mine using the steel shapes you should be able to purchase locally. 

big blue gondola
  • Chlorine Car. 
    This WWI style flat car carried large chlorine tanks fastened to the deck at right angles to the direction of travel.
  • Hook Car. 
    This is a scale model of the Fairmont W4 Hand Crank Derrick car circa 1920s. It is a fully functional model of the early MoW crane pulled by a speeder and was rated at 2,000 pounds. Lots of details
  • 4 Hopper Cars
    Hopper car with do doors on the bottom, but high sides to carry any type of load.  Ore car scaled appropriately from a NG ore car.  Sand and gravel car, Can be used to carry a child or two, 19th Century design. MOW side tip car  based upon an engraving in a book first published in 1879 using modern steel shapes. Yes this car works, 'cause mine does!

hopper car
  • Logging Caboose 
    On the logging railroads everything needed to be carrying equipment and supplies back to camp. In this situation they needed a caboose also; taking an old small flat car they added a shed, of sorts, and now we have a logging caboose that can carry cargo as well.
  • Logging Car
    Skeleton cars are easy to build, can carry shortened fence posts for "logs" or stack pvc pipe on ‘em to represent "big pipe" loads. This plan calls for arch bar trucks but you can substitute other trucks and still be prototypical.  These cars were used up into the 1940s.
  • Mill Car
    Complete with an oak deck and stake pockets, circa 1900s.

logging caboose

  • MOW Side Tip Car
    I made this drawing based upon an engraving in a book first published in 1879 using modern steel shapes. This car will carry a little over 100 pounds of gravel and will dump it next to but not on your tacks. Yes this car works, 'cause mine does!

side tip car
  • MOW Friend
    Pulled by modern MoW track laying equipment, this makes a neat looking utility car on 1/8th scale track; used to carry all kinds of track maintenance tools. 
  • Ore Car
    Scaled appropriately from a NG ore car; however, I have seen cars not unlike this one on 1870 and 1880s wide gage short line railroads in northern Illinois.


  • Polling Car
    Taken from an early PRR prototypical plans tracing, this car was pulled by both steam and electric loco in the switch yard to make up a string of cars.
  • Rail n Tie Car
    This car with its two decks will carry rail on the lower deck and with the work shed on top there is room for several steel banded loads of 1/8th size crossties. 
  • Steel Box Car
    A scale copy of early steel outside frame boxcar, pre-WWI, first ones (as does this one) used arch bar trucks.


orr car
Volume Two includes these drawings:
  • Gallows Turntable
    A 19th Century NG turntable and designed this 10’ long 1/8th scale model, fully functional for my home track.
  • Fire Hose Shed
    Probably a leftover from the live steam days, this will make a good addition to your rail yard. 
  • Fuel Dock
    This model uses a fiber glass tank from a water softener to store diesel fuel for the Diesel Locos.
  • LeHigh Truck
    This is a weldment using ¼" plat steel, cheap to fabricate if you can weld and looks ok, simple single bolt action. 
  • Load Binder Half
    These are needed to secure your loads on flat cars or logging cars. Make them by the pairs.
  • Swing Bridge
    Made from salvaged 8" I-beams from an old highway truss bridge.
  • Switchman's House
    A trackside structure at 3"-1’ scale.


Gallows Turntable


Volume Two also contains these important drawings:
  • Simple Truck Model
    Works well, has no springs but does equalize well on uneven track.
  • Chain Tightener
    Used to fasten logs; make a pair of them.
  • Couple Pocket Detail
    A way of attaching your coupler to a loco. I use this on the front of my diesel switcher.
  • Couple Pocket Plate
    Coupler Pocket: plate – uses angle iron and can be bolted onto C-Channel construction ends.
  • Hayes Bumper
    Made from ¼" steel and scrap C-Channel, will take about an hour to make and install on the end of a track section.



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CAD Drawings for the Live Steam Hobby, vol. 2
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All 39 High Quality CAD Drawings

Who will love this book on CD?
This book CD is great for those of us that love to work with our hands.  You may have been searching for scaled drawings to build those large ride on train cars and other items.  Drawings like that are very tough to find.  This CD is what you've been searching for. Author and retired CAD (computer aided design) instructor Laurence Johnson has been designing and building 1/8 scale railroad equipment for his miniature railroad for years.  Laurence starts buy creating a detailed scale drawing for every project with great results. 

Great for all skill levels.
To build these models you will need some basic wood working skills and simple shop equipment such as saws, drill presses, etc.  You may want to tackle some more challenging models that require light wire welding or stick welding.  You may want to try your hand making wheels and trucks with a lathe and mill. These are not step by step instructions but measured drawings that you can follow to produce some great scale models with as much detail or as little detail as you want.

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Comments on vol. 1


"Received the drawings.  They are excellent. Lots of good ideas."

Ron Nott

"Drawings are very good and useful.  I plan to build both stock cars and the later version of the pickle car in the near future.  The flat cars will come later."

Arthur Morris


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