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Victorian Railways NG
"Whitfield Postal Trolley & Trailer" ; NK-1

1/4inch scale 1:48

possibly also suitable for 7mm scale, 1:43.5 narrow gauge

also in 3.5mm, HO (1:87) and 4mm, 00 (1:76)



Photo: Wal Larsen; courtesy of the National Library, Canberra

The daily mail service on the Wangaratta to Whitfield (NG) line was provided by a Postal Trolley. The exact type of trolley varied over the years, at one time even being a ganger's type trolley. In 1941 a trolley was designed and built at Newport Workshops and this is the subject of this kit from Steam And Things.


A test etch and very preliminary test build is shown lower down this page. On the accompanying page we have a selection of photos showing progress with the test build. All you need to do is click on this link

Although a specific one-off prototype - we feel that this type of vehicle will look "at home" on many NG layouts in 1:48, whether VR based or not. It would look even quainter on a 1:43.5, 7mm layout!!

Kit specification in 1/4" is as follows:

  • Etched brass in 0.3mm (12thou)
  • Underframe from 0.5mm (20thou) nickel silver
  • Brass etches and special thin material for the roof
  • Van AND trailer!
  • Decals as on VR - custom decals / transfers availabe for the freelance modeller (no charge)
  • Extras: wire, glazing, coupling chain
  • Internal detailing - none, there being no room around the mechanism
  • Comprehensive instructions with kit drawings and photographs of the prototype will be included, including on a CD
  • All advice given in instructions on wheels, motor etc. (not supplied)
  • Customer will need to source small screws and nuts (if required) and C-channel 1/16x1/32 (1.6x0.8mm)
  • Custom etched floor pan at no cost to suit alternative motors etc.
  • For those not acquainted with the prototype, the "O scale" model of the trolley is some 40mm long and 30mm wide and is about 40mm high from track level. The trailer is about the same length and only 25mm wide. The gauge is 16.5mm.

    Kit specification in HO / OO is as follows:

  • THIS IS NOT A GENERIC KIT - please specify desired scale
  • Etched brass in 0.2mm (8thou)
  • Underframe from 0.3mm (12thou) nickel silver
  • Van AND trailer!
  • Decals as on VR - custom decals / transfers availabe for the freelance modeller (no charge)
  • Comprehensive instructions with kit drawings and photographs of the prototype will be included, including on a CD
  • Custom etched floor pan at no cost to suit alternative motors etc.
  • Kit prices as follows:

  • 1/4" Scale A$150.00
  • HO or OO Scale A$95.00
  • Prices include the custom transfers / decals referred to in the text above
  • Prices include air mail; sea reduction available
  • Full terms and conditions click

  • Photo, design and etching by Steam And Things


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