The Dapol Water Tower is an ex Airfix kit.
Airfix lineside railway kits – history
Airfix first made a range of 00 railway kits in 1957. They came in plastic bags with a card header.
There were 26 kits in the initial release including the bungalow, signal box and detached house.
Airfix rolling stock kits.
By 1960 the range was expanding. The Esso tank wagon and railbus were the first rolling stock kits to be produced. They came is a distinctive box with a vertical stripe. Eleven rolling stock kits were produced.
Airfix buys Kitmaster.
In 1962 Airfix bought the kitmaster range of Locomotives and coaches. Only the locomotives were re -released and remain in production today.
In 1984 Airfix sold the tooling for the lineside kits and locomotives to Dapol. Most of the range is still in production even though some of the moulds are 60 years old!