STEAM IN THE BUSH - On30 Downunder - Australian 1:48 Narrow Gauge Model Railway Kits
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Available Now: Following the success of our Climax ‘Dunkirk’ conversion kit, our new Shay Steam Crane/Loader Kit suits your donor On30 Shay! One of these kits, built by German customer Hanns Hirblinger, just won 1st Prize in the M.O.W. category at the 31st narrow Gauge Convention in Hickory, N.C. Our conversion kit includes full step-by-step Shay mods, new boiler plus the crane from our ‘Lightweight’ Steam Crane/Loader Kit.


Rows and rows of new and used Shays! It’s true - high in the mountains of old Formosa (now Taiwan), we discovered the Lost Shays of Alishan. This remarkable 2’6” narrow gauge railway climbs at up to 1:16 for 75 km through 26 tunnels, two spirals and several switch backs to arrive at Alishan, nearly 2400m above sea level. Save up because next year, we’re running special enthusiast’s tours to Taiwan where you will be able get to up close & personal with a working Shay!

Check out some photos of our customer’s Award Winning Models

Latest 1:48 Kits: T-Boiler Climax, Shay Steam Crane, Lightwight Steam Crane, Trestle Bridge, Dunkirk, Water Tank, Mine Incline, Skips, Log Loader, 18’ LWB Flatcars, 13’ SWB Flat Car, Winding House & more!

09 ‘Narrow Gauge Convention’ Download our presentation (2MB PDF): Aussie Field Research

Steam in the Bush - Australian 1:48 Steam Era Model Railway Kits

unique ‘craftsman’ kits in 1:48 O Scale and On30 Narrow Gauge for HO track

Many people new to model railways are often confused by the difference between HO, O and On30 scales. Although popular, HO can be a disappointing scale for the discerning modeller. At 1:87 it’s a difficult scale to model well as it has no elegant mathematical proportions unlike the larger O scale (1:48). O scale represents a 1/4 inch to the foot so is all about halves, quarters, eighths and sixteenths and you can use many 'found' materials like real moss or bonsai trees. A 1/4 inch stick of balsa suddenly becomes a 1 foot x 1 foot bridge beam!

The trouble with O scale is that it needs a basement sized layout to work well. However, O scale narrow gauge or On30 (representing a gauge of 2’ 6”) can use standard HO track. It may be the perfect solution as some of the best On30 dioramas & layouts that we have seen occupy less than 1 sq yard in size with every square inch detailed.

Here at Ozsteam, we continue to produce a growing range of 'craftsman' kits for the export market. New and exciting kits are always in the pipeline and most are available direct by contacting us or through our popular Ebay Store.