About Us

E and J Winter – Bolton Scale Models are the oldest and largest supplier, retailer and manufacture of live steam components in the Southern Hemisphere. Continuing the tradition established by O Burnaby Bolton in 1922, who is rightly regarded as the founder of model engineering in Australia, E and J Winter – Bolton Scale Models are pleased to offer new and innovative designs using the latest technology whilst continuing to source and supply the traditional components for the model engineer. 

For many years we have been known for our vast range of plans and castings for locomotives, traction engines, stationary engines, ships and boats, Internal combustion engines and the list goes on. With the purchase of the business by Ernest and Joan Winter in 1978 Ernest set about producing scale drawings and patterns for many  Australian prototype locomotives focusing mainly on the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) designs. With over 30 designs of Australian prototype locomotives in the 5” and 7¼” gauge available we are the largest supplier of plans in Australia. In conjunction with various other designers both in Australia and internationally we have over 100 locomotive designs available from the smallest “O” gauge to the largest 7¼” the magnificent Beyer Garratt AD60 Class articulated locomotive 4-8-4 + 4-8-4.
 
E and J Winter – Bolton Scale Models proudly supports the protection of Intellectual property and will not mislead or obfuscate the IP of a design nor produce or market “copies” of other designs whether they originate from Australia or internationally. 
 
The business is pleased to introduce new and exciting products from the United Kingdom and the United States. Using new computer designs produced for us by industry professionals and utilising the resources of professional foundries and CNC workshops, all of which are located in Australia, we are able to offer many services catered for the model engineer. We still of course offer the handmade alternative which Ernest Winter commenced in 1978.
 
Since its inception in 1922 E and J Winter – Bolton Scale Models has been and will continue to be a family run business. It is our raison d’etre to support Australian manufacturers whenever possible and to source goods for our fellow model engineers from the United Kingdom and the United States to provide a high quallity alternative when these products are not available in Australia.  It is for this reason that we do not use or supply components from developing countries.  This is not an intelligent business decision from a financial standpoint ( low purchase price - high resale value) but one that we think is worth every lost penny. We are an Australian company established in 1922 and will continue to support Australians and Australian Industries and commerce.
 
E and J Winter – Bolton Scale Models continues to provide answers to the many questions put to us by new and experienced builders for their particular project as do other suppliers in Australia. Providing help, honest and practical advice has always been part of the service you have received since 1922 and we are very proud to be continuing that tradition.
 
We invite you to peruse our website, catalogue and price list in conjunction with our fellow model engineering suppliers and I look forward to assisting you in any way we can. Due to your continued support we are able to buy ever increasing quanties of materials which may be difficult to obtain in smaller volumes and to pass these savings onto you our customers
 
All of our products are guaranteed by us.  If you are not happy with the product simply return it to us (within seven (7) days) for a full refund of the purchase price no questions asked. We are not able to accept the return of plans due to the inevitable damage in transit.