Oliver Burnaby Bolton a Sydney optometrist established his model engineering supply business in 1922, although records indicate that he was trading as early as 1919. An optometrist by profession, Bolton is renowned amongst model engineers as a pioneer in the hobby in Australia and abroad.
Following Bolton's death in 1974 the business was sold to Warwick Turner who in 1978 sold the business to Ernest and Joan Winter. Since 1978 the business was expanded to include over 20 new professional quality drawing sets and comprehensive casting sets of NSWGR and Victorian steam locomotives by Ernest Winter. Rolling Stock, Diesel locomotives and stationary engines designs by Ernest Winter have also been added to the range of plans and castings.
In 2012 Ernest and Joan retired from full time business and the business was purchased by Kelly Maybury, who after a brief period sold it to Ben De Gabriel in July 2016. Since taking over the business in 2016 we have incorporated Live Steam Supplies in January 2017 and have been working hard to obtain many items that are taken for granted overseas. We are also committed to sourcing as much local content as we can at a competitive price.
We invite you to look through our range and even drop in and say hello at one of the many events we attend each year. Together with my wife Theresa we look forward to celebrating E and J Winter - Bolton Scales Models centenary in 2022.
Ben & Theresa