Darstaed British Railways (W) Blood and Custard (ex GWR Toplight and Collett) Coaches
Despite the introduction of Hawksworth stock in the years before nationalisation, large numbers of Toplight and Collett coaches could be found across the GWR territory in 1948. Whilst many were beginning to reach the end of the operating lives, significant numbers nonetheless, were painted in the new blood and custard liveries – the standard BR colours of the 1950s. Thus ex GWR Toplight and Collett coach sets were very typical of BR Western region in its early years until the mid-1950s and may be run with a cross-section of early crested BR locomotives including Darstaed’s Castle Class and forthcoming Warship diesel-hydraulics and the ACE Britannia, Castle Class and latterly Spamcans and Schools locomotives. BR Western region initiated a policy from an early point in nationalisation of mixing locomotives over previous Southern and GWR metals in the far south west to ensure crews were familiar with locomotives on their patch. Warships first introduced on BR Western region in 1958 were featured extensively on cross-country duties where a varied mix of coaching stock – often in blood and custard – could be seen providing a stark contrast between the antique and modern face of BR.
Mix and match these BR (W) blood and custard ex GWR Toplight and Collett coaches with ex SR Maunsell coaches for West Country (west of Exeter) and ex LMS Period I and II on Midland (west of Bristol) intra-regional routes. These coaches can also be run with ACE’s 40cm mainline BR blood and custard Mk1 liveried and ex Bulleid BR tavern car and restaurant car set. BR (W) ex GWR Toplight and Collett coaches will be released in the same formations as the GWR sets.