This page was written to give some insight into our research process. Many of the 3D object models that Trackside 3D provides are based on real world prototypes that no longer exist today. We strive to be as accurate as possible while factoring in design considerations for the technology and ease of use for our customers. Our products are designed to enhance the enjoyment of model railways, not to add to frustration or complexity. This page is designed to provide some of the resources we have used to build our 3D models.
Once a concept has been approved for development, the research phase begins. The type of research and length of time needed depends on the concept.
Railway infrastructure that is specific to a location, such as stations, signal boxes, platforms, bridges and so on, can be quickly researched if it still exists.
For infrastructure that is disused and long gone, we rely on old diagrams, technical drawings and photographs to create a 3D model.
For concepts that are readily available, we can use manufacturer specifications, technical drawings and photographs to generate an accurate model scaled to 1:76.2.
For infrastructure that still exists today, we use various tools including Google Maps and Google Earth to virtually visit the location and get a feel for the design.
Once we have gathered enough information to build a proof of concept CAD model, we move on to the next stage. The research stage can take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks,
depending on the availability of information. When possible we work with other organizations and individuals to obtain measurements from the full scale prototypes.
- Britain From Above
- Google Maps UK
- oorail Photo Archive
- Google Image Search
- Network Rail Historical Archive
- Private Collection of Documentation and Design Diagrams
- Private Collection of Blueprints and Technical Specifications
- Notes / Photos from On-site Visits
- Purchased Physical Items