The blueprints, and they are the REAL thing, are on 3x6 sheets. I'd have to look at the scale as it's been some time since I had them out. They are in decimal inches as I recall. Most machine prints are that way, even back in those days. The problem would be getting them scanned to send to you. I know of no one locally that would be able to do that, not even Staples or Office Depot.
short of sounding too eager (which i am), how many of the 3x6 are there? any chance that you can have them scanned in quadrants (pieces) in electronic format? i'll combine all of the pieces scaled down when i received them.
as long as all of the details are present, i can easily combine the pieces to recreate a complete plan. let me know if this is possible and what i can do to help you with your time.
There are well over 90 pages. They are the "blue" blueprints. I bought these about 15 years ago at an estate sale. I paid more than I wish to admit, but still got a pretty good deal. I have long thought about having sepias made, but have yet to find anyone with a machine large enough to accommodate the the prints, and I don't wish to remove the drawings from their binding.
I will see what I can do to find someplace to scan them and place them in an e-file. I have never given thought to doing that before. I would imagine that they would have to be "reversed" in color to make it easier to print off. It would surely take a barrel of blue ink to have them printed.
I have an old flatbed plotter. But, it only handles 24" medium. If I could get them copied, reversed(in color), it would be nice, as I could adjust the size. They are in a metal drafting tube that they came in when purchased.
I will make a few phone calls today and tomorrow to some of my old engineering pals and see if they can help me out. But, I think that technology may have made the quest tougher. Finding someone with a scanning bed that large may be an endless, and fruitless, effort.
reversing color is not necessary. there are easy ways to invert color once in electronic format. wow, over 90-pages... i am mostly interested in the exterior details of the train. don't need to know dimensions, etc. of interior such as boiler pipes, pistons, etc. only the parts of the train that can be seen... does this help?
anyway, let me know what I can do to help, if at all possible.
My set includes drawings and diagrams of every piece, pipe, nut, bolt, washer...And a bunch of sheets with just the specifications. Even paint specs were included as I recall. And I paid about the same as tthey are charging a copy for their set. It looks like I have more elevations of assemblies than they offer.
knew about that site, but not certain what the various options really mean. i am planning to do an accurate 3d model of the train and need side, front, rear, top views of the train with accurate measurements of pipes, wheels, everything on the exterior of the train. so, though buying is an option, i was hoping someone could help me on this forum and, of course, i have no idea what to buy...
I'm from Australia and have been trying to find the big boy blue prints as i would like to a g scale live steam version myself. Any chance of getting a copy of your blueprints. Do they have all the technical information that would allow me to embark on this huge task.
There are more than 90 pages of prints. I was told by an appraiser that they were production prints. The problem is their size. They are not the traditional 24x48 or 30x60. they are 36x72. I cannot find anyone or any place that has a scanning bed large enough to handle them. And the ones that were gracious enough to give me a quote........ well, let's just say that I'd have to mortgage the farm. They wanted 8-10x what I paid for them. They would have to scan them in sections then piece them together. Then they say they couldn't guarantee that the prints would be complete. They estimated over 200 man hours for the project.
I'm sorry I hung the apple in front of you, but I think that getting copies would be cost prohibitive. These prints, from what I understand, are quite rare. Sending them away, even insured, would not bring them back if they were lost, damaged or stolen. So, I am very reluctant to send them any distance to any place I don't know very well.
soccerrprp - How good of quality were the pdfs you got from the historical society...very usable? I found this site and was thinking about purchasing. They say the plans are redrawn from the originals and the size (24x36) is very good. You got yours for $30 though and this is a little over $40 so I'm wondering which way I should go.