Darstaed Six-wheeled Stove Coaches
Darstaed’s modern ready-to-run tinplate passenger brake vans will grace many a tinplate standard scale gauge O model railway. The new six-wheeled passenger brakes will be at home with many different combinations of passenger, freight and mixed train formations particularly on route representations from London to Scotland on the WCML and the central northern line from St Pancras. Stove R six-wheeled passenger brakes originally appeared in the LMS period but from the 1950s, in various British Railway (BR) liveries, they were often grouped together and used as additional mail, parcels and newspaper freight vans but also for overnight sleeper services to and from the capital. Darstaed has also indicated they will produce a Thompson six-wheeled brake version which will be suitable for running ECML train formations.
The dinky LMS Stove R six-wheeler passenger brake captures a number of very different bygone railway times which included a life lasting well into British Railway’s corporate blue colour era and beyond in departmental service after that. A total of 120 Stove Rs were built at Wolverton Works in various batches between 1932 and 1933 with torpedo vents and beading strips at waist level and above the windows. Two additional batches to diagram 2000 were similarly manufactured at Wolverton and built with shell vents on the roofs between 1938 and 1940. Initial designs of LMS Stove R six-wheeled vans were produced to LMS diagram 1796 in 1932 and were one of the first carriage designs to enter service as standard Stanier Period III stock.
Six-wheeled passenger full brakes were produced as both gangwayed (BR code BGZ) and non-gangwayed (BR code BZ) stock providing the Stove R vans with a variety of functions. They were used extensively for parcels, newspaper and milk traffic as well as being used as tail vehicles for passenger trains. They were used throughout the length of the WCML, Midland main lines and into Wales on Midland routes. After nationalisation they saw service outside of their original LMS territory penetrating BR Western Region and BR Southern Region metals and also via the Somerset and Dorset route. The last Stove R passenger brake was withdrawn in the 1970s but four have made it into preservation.
The Darstaed six-wheel chassis (based on the idea originally patented in 1883 by James Clemison) has pivoted outer axles and a ‘floating’ centre axle which allows lateral movement to aid travel around even tight 27’ radius curves. The model captures the spirit of the distinctive Hornby Dublo tinplate model produced in the 1950s and early 60s which at auction and in good condition frequently fetch over £100. As a mixed traffic vehicle the Stove R van is a perfect match to be run with ACE Train’s new large mainline locomotives such as the Duchess, Britannia, 9F classes and the forthcoming Duke of Gloucester, Jubilee and Stanier Black Five engines.
Darstaed will produce the BR corporate blue and grey and corporate blue brake coaches to coincide with the launch of their Warship diesel-hydraulic locomotive. Features in this series of six-wheelers includes interior lighting, gangway corridor connectors, 3-D duckets, installed lighting and an extra set of through connections. This batch of the Stove R passenger brake comes in a total of eight liveries.