Meccano Ltd. Engineering Drawings
Meccano Engineering Drawings
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Meccano Ltd. produced engineering drawings of virtually everything that they produced. These included detailed drawings of all Meccano parts. These enabled the manufacture and assembly of items to be done correctly and to a consistent repeatable standard.
Most of these drawings were believed to be lost when the Liverpool factory closed in 1980. However many drawings of Meccano parts have recently been discovered by John Beugels. He recognised the importance of these historical documents and wanted them to be available to all Meccano enthusiasts. Scans (at 300dpi) of them are shown on this website. There are a total of 373 Liverpool factory drawings covering 303 Meccano parts together with a few other items. This covers the vast majority of post-war Meccano parts, with only a relatively small number of omissions.
NEW - There are also 79 drawings of parts (in French) nearly all dated 1991 from the French factory. A few of these are for parts which were not already on the website.
Every Meccano part or other item together with any component of a part was given a 'Job No.' (Liverpool drawings only). Some of the more complex Meccano parts could consist of many drawings (i.e. Job No.s). The Job No.s are mainly (with a few exceptions) in order of introduction of the item and most bear no relation to the Meccano part number.
For convenience the list of drawings on this website are split into three parts:-
- Listed by Job No. This shows all the drawings in Job No. order.
- Listed by Meccano Part No. This shows all Meccano parts (and their components) in Part No. order.
- Other items This shows all the other drawings that are not Meccano Parts.
On the pages showing small images of the drawings, click on the small image to bring up a larger image that fills the width of the webpage. Clicking on this larger picture will bring up a full page size image.
For easy printing of the drawings, each drawing can also be downloaded as a PDF file. Note that as the drawings are larger than an A4 page you will need to select "Fit to printable page" in the PDF print options pop-up. Most drawings are approx. 9.5" x 12" although some are even larger.
If anyone else has official drawings of Meccano parts or other Meccano products (e.g. Hornby Trains or Dinky Toys etc.), I would be very interested in adding them to this site. I would like to make this site as comprehensive as possible. I am particularly interested in parts or items not presently included together with earlier or later revisions of parts. I would also like to include drawings of other Meccano products.
These drawings/scans may be freely copied and printed out for personal research use. However any other reproduction/publishing must acknowledge www.meccanoindex.co.uk.
For the convenience of those who wish to download all the drawings, a combined PDF file of all the Liverpool drawings can be downloaded from here. Thanks to Chris Clinchx for compiling this.
For the convenience of those who wish to download all the drawings, a combined PDF file of all the French drawings can be downloaded from here.
The Liverpool factory scans are © John Beugels and Timothy Edwards. I am grateful to John Beugels for permission to publish these drawings.
5 July 2020 : 79 part drawings from the French factory nearly all dated 1991 have been added. A few of these are for parts for which were not already on the website. Thanks to Clive Weston for the scans.
17 July 2019 : A combined download file of all the drawings has now been included.