Composite brass and ABS plastic construction is used to manufacture finely detailed two-rail O-gauge coaches.
Darstaed may not be a household name for many modellers, but has been involved in tinplate three-rail O-gauge model manufacturing and coach building since 1966 when it was established by Marcel Darphin in Switzerland. The brand and all tooling was acquired by Andries Gabowsky in 1993, a skilled Dutch model-maker who has played a key role in the O-gauge tinplate revival in the UK.
The Darstaed Vintage Trains range has been developed by Andries Gabowsky to include several locomotive models and a range of wagons and coaching stock intended for three-rail operation – all of which have been very popular. There is little doubt that many modellers find the updated and modernised O-gauge tinplate range attractive because it captures a time when modelling was of a different nature compared to the mainstream of today. The full history and profile of Darstaed can be found on the Darstaed web site at www.darstaed.com.
The latest development is a range of scale length two-rail fine scale O-gauge BR Mark 1 coaches which were released in late 2017 and sold through selected agents in the UK including Ellis Clark Trains and Scalelink. These BR Mark 1 coaches are the first of a range of scale O-gauge models made and sold under the Darstaed brand to include Pullman stock and coaches from other railway companies together with a range of finely detailed wagons, in addition to planned developments in the three-rail range of models.
The new Darstaed O-gauge BR Mark 1 coaches are produced as scale length models and sold either in sets of coaches or as single vehicles to model complete train sets. The coach packs are neatly presented in a carry case holding the individually boxed coaches. The first set to be released was coach Set A which comprised of two ‘corridor brake second’ (BSK) coaches; a ‘corridor composite’ (CK) coach and a ‘corridor second’ (SK) coach. The set is available in several liveries including BR Southern Region green; BR carmine and cream; BR maroon; BR Western Region chocolate and cream, BR blue and grey together with BR Inter-City liveries. Bogies and coach fittings are model-specific to reflect the era represented by each model.
Set B comprises of three catering vehicles including a ‘restaurant/kitchen’ (RU), ‘restaurant first open’ (RFO) and ‘restaurant second open’ (RSO). Single coaches are also available including the all-important and numerous ‘tourist second open (TSO). We’re reviewing coach Pack A with the models finished in BR Southern Region green, representing the 1950s when regional colours were applied to some BR Mark 1 stock.
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