This page last updated March 27th 2015
PRODUCT HISTORY: The original kits (etches) were based upon our 1/4" scale coaches. Being a complete kit it made up into a very heavy (brass) coach whereas many parts would be better made (and look better) in other materials with substantial saving in weight.
Many modellers did not want all the castings, preferring to buy in ready made bogies and often had their own choice of couplers.
Therefore if you have purchased our kits before or have considered them, then please read on, as new specifications follow on:

Since the above has been written there has been some interest in us keeping a complete etches only kit (see below in prices section)
At present production of these kits will not take place due to shortage of materials in 0.7/0.8mm; however contact us if you wish for thinner materials as these may be available. Please note the limitation is the length of material required - up to 0.5 metre - in some cases.

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VR Narrow Gauge Passenger Stock

NBC, NC, NAB & NBB in 16mm scale, 1:19

NBH etc. would be available if demand is there

can be made in other scales, eg. 1:20.5, 1:24


Have these coaches? A Garden Railway? Then you may be interested in customised seats with your logo; point levers; or even trackside signs?


Steam And Things now have available products in "16mm" scale / 1:19
These are large scale etched brass parts for the "Puffing Billy" NBC Gaurds / Passenger Van, the NC van and the five compartment NBB coach, as shown below; in the photos we show a test etch of the sides next to a 1/4" scale model.



Model of NBC made up from one of our 1/4" scale kits next to a 16mm scale test etch; NBB in photo on right, followed by the NC

The ultimate! Live steam in the garden!


Specification of parts is as follows:

  • Etched brass 16mm scale, 1:19. (other scales considered)
  • Available in choice of materials (brass): 0.7mm (28thou), 0.8mm (32thou) depending upon availability and 0.5mm (20thou) or 0.3mm (12thou)
  • Parts include sides, ends, droplights and clerestories
  • Full written instructions running to 15 A4 pages with diagrams based upon the former complete kit
  • In addition to instructions we include dimensioned scale drawings of all parts previously included in the complete kit; e.g. roof, floors, seats etc.
  • Standard transfers (with custom running numbers) or BESPOKE transfers / decals to suit your railway empire
  • The principle being that the modeller will use the brass parts supplied and scratch build any other items they require (using the drawings as a guide) out of various suitable materials such as styrene, wood etc.

    Some modellers may wish to know the physical size of this model, to see if it'll "go" with their existing stock.
    Therefore the NBC is:

    Side  404mm long x 97mm  high
    End   101mm wide x 115mm high, to the top of the clerestory 

    Click for "photogallery" with photos of our 16mm test etches, complete parts contents etc. These are shown to illustrate what parts or drawings will be supplied.
    ONLY parts listed above are supplied; rest are drawings.

    Click for more details and information on the kits in other scales and photos of completed 1/4" scale models.
    NOTE however, we are just offering the NBC, NC, NAB and NBB at the moment (with the NBH subject to demand).

    Thanks to the generosity and good will of our customer Brian Norris, we have included two construction articles he has written; these are :

  • Advice on how he built our 16mm kit
  • Converting Cambrian Models Fox Bogies to 45mm

  • click on the approrpiate Adobe icon

    The modeller may have to consider some sort of structural strengthening due to the thin materials being used. Also backing material will be required in places to give the body 'substance' or thickness - e.g. around windows.



    Models of NBC, NBB and NC made up from our kits with extra detailing; models and photos by Brian Norris
    on his layout "Whitfield"


    Prices for above are as follows:

  • Etched in 0.8mm brass $277
  • Etched in 0.5mm brass $238
  • Etched in 0.3mm brass $210

  • registered mail included (insurance $7.50) to Australian destinations

    Prices for a complete kit which is an etches only kit; meaning buy your own bogies and castings; are as follows:

  • NBC, NC $395
  • NBB, NAB $450
  • registered mail included (insurance $7.50) to Australian destinations
    these kits are in 0.7 or 0.8mm brass (subject to availability) - with some parts in 0.5mm
    additional items include: floor, roof, chassis, doors, running boards, lamp irons,head code boards, trusses, seats, walls etc. all as appropriate
  • 0.7/0.8mm sides, ends, droplights, clerestories, floor, chassis sides and ends
  • 0.5mm roof(s), internals - walls, seats, detail overlays and accessories
  • Full terms and conditions click

  • Please use these links to access our site. These and further links for other general categories and an expanded list is also in the blue navigation panel on the left hand side.

    Products Services Etching Transfers / decals Future products Price list Contact us

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