Darstaed British Railways (E) Blood and Custard (ex LNER Gresley) Coaches
With the passing of LNER as it evolved into British Railways (BR) Gresley teak coaches were painted with the standardised colours of the new livery. They were long-life carriages and continued in service until 1965 when a gradual withdrawal programme commenced. Some catering vehicles were to last even longer enjoying a degree of rejuvenation; painted in BR blue and grey they were to last until the 1970s. In BR times Gresley teak-panelled coaches were used in conjunction with other ex LNER carriages such as the Thompson sets as well as increasing numbers of new BR Mk1 stock. Gresley teak catering vehicles were extremely well utilised carriages but they were also in competition with new Pullman services as well as new Mk1 buffet and restaurant cars on ECML routes. Famous LNER named trains that still utilised Gresley teak-panelled stock included King’s Cross trains such the the downgraded ‘Flying Scotsman’, the ‘Aberdonian’ sleeping car train, the ‘Capitals’, the ‘Elizabethan and Fair Maid’ summer relief trains, the ‘Northumbrian’, the ‘Norseman’ boat train to Norway, the ‘Scarborough Flyer’, the ‘Master Cutler’, East Anglian routes for the ‘Hook and Day Continental’ and the ‘Scandinavian’ boat trains, the ‘Norfolkman’, the ‘Fenman’, the ‘East Anglian’ and the ‘Easterling’ as well as internal Scottish services such as the ‘Granite City’. By the late 1950s the best of the Gresley corridor stock had spread throughout the BR system even appearing in pairs in maroon livery on crack Western Region trains such as the ‘Mayflower’.
The blood and custard liveried Gresley teaks can be run with Darstaed’s new A4, existing ACE A3 and A4s, Basset-Lowke A1 and A3 but also with Seven Mills Models B1, B17 and Gresley V2 locomotives. From BR times these coaches are perfect to be run with ACE Britannia class locomotives.