Darstaed LMS Period II Coaches
Period II coaches cover the middle LMS period from 1929 to 1932 and were characterised by the introduction of low waisted windows. This was exemplified by the appearance of six luxury brake firsts with two-a-side seating and larger more upscale toilets which were allocated to important LMS named train services that had been established in the preceding years. Some coaches continued to be built in the Period I style but by 1930 all coaches were produced with the lower waist banding except for a batch of 36 twelve-wheeled dining cars in 1932 and a number of new sleeping cars which retained a high waist and certain LNWR styling features.
The twelve-wheeled dining car is considered to be one of the most iconic of coaches from this intermediate period but on the whole, Period II non-corridor coaches differed very little from the styles of LMS Period I. However, these years also witnessed changes with the gradual adoption of exterior steel panels for all coaches and simulated external beading in paint. Some 300 57’ 56 seat low waisted vestibule coaches were built between 1931 and 1932. The Darstaed coaches faithfully depict design styles from this period. LMS Period II mainline coaches are released in sets of three coaches together with an additional single full brake coach.