COLONIAL MODELS nz
Welcome to the Colonial Models nz web site,in which you will
find details of our small but rapidly expanding range of kits and bits for
the N gauge to G scale railway modeller.Many of the 7mm scale items listed
have been produced initially for our own use and can be found in situ and
working on our extensive 7mm finescale model railway, (some images of which
we have used on these pages to illustrate our products) based on the
Great North of Scotland Railway as running in the late 1940s and early 1950's,under British
Please click on Products here or on the menu bar for items in all scales.
Another view of F4 showing BR number on smokebox and bufferbeam detail
In 1923 when all of Britains independant railway companys were amalgamated into the Big Four. The Great North of Scotland Railway became part of the new London North Eastern Railway.After the grouping many of the English railways locomotives that were no longer required on their home lines were sent north. In 1933 three ex Great Eastern railway 2-4-2 tank engines made their way to the Scottish area,two of which were earmarked to work the St.Combs branch on the old G.N.S.R. The above photo represents a model of one of these engines,L.N.E.R. No.7164. Because St.Combs branch line was unfenced,it was a requirement of the Board of Trade, that all locomotives working the line must have cowcatchers fitted,which was something of a rarity in Britain and was one reason I chose to model this particular locomotive, plus the amount of detail on the boiler and also,that after the grouping of the big four into British Railways,7164 ran in service for some time with its new BR number,61764 on the smokebox door and its old LNER lettering and number on the tank sides.