Darstaed British Railways (M) Blood and Custard (ex LMS Period I) Coaches
In the early years of railway nationalisation British Railways (BR) adopted a standardised format towards passenger coach identity with the introduction of what became popularly known as ‘blood and custard’ liveries on all mainline coaches. These ex LMS Period I coaches may be run with a cross-section of early crested BR locomotives and, indeed many late crest locomotives, as some BR Midland Region blood and custard stock was not repainted until the early 1960s.
The Darstaed 35cm ex LMS Period I sets provide a wide variety of running stock such as large mainline locomotives from ACE including Duchess, Britannia, Spam Cans (for Pines Express) and Castle Class and Seven Mill B1 and B17 locomotives. Mix and match these ex LMS Period I coaches with ACE’s 40cm mainline Mk1 liveried stock as they’ll certainly capture the early years of BR nationalisation. With ACE Jubilee and Black 5s coming coach sets of four to six Mk1s with older pre nationalisation designs were common on express services on the secondary main lines from the south coast to the north of Scotland and ideal for recreating the period from 1950 to the late 1960s with a mixture of cross-country inter-regional services. For railway modellers a good rule of thumb is, take four Mk1s and add other ingredients as desired! British Railways (M) blood and custard ex LMS Period I mainline coaches are released in sets of three coaches together with an additional full brake coach.