Darstaed

British O Gauge products by Darstaed.

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Darstaed is a model railway manufacturer based in the Far East with production currently based in China. Up until 2008 the company was the former manufacturing arm of British-based model railway company ACE Trains. Since then Darstaed has traded in its own name producing a wide range of locomotives, carriages, wagons and lineside buildings. Their traditional tinplate O gauge style model railways are manufactured to a 21st century specification using modern approaches for metal stamping, tin printing, plating and paint spraying. Darstaed locomotives are powered by 20V DC custom made electric motors made by Mabuchi of Japan. Whilst the company has concentrated on British outline models thus far, from 2016 Darstaed will start to introduce a new range of European stock. The Shamrock Trains website has been split between British and Continental sections to reflect these developments.

Historically Darstaed has produced three rail locomotives and running stock. It now plans to offer a two rail format where locomotives have a back to back (b2b) of 29mm and will run on PECO’s SM 32, code 143 flat bottom and code 124 bullhead track as well as LENZ. Track produced by these two manufacturers are most frequently used by British and European two rail operators due to its realism and sleeper spacing. Extensive testing of their new rolling stock with a b2b of 28.5 to 29mm with a variety of two rail and three rail track manufacturers suggests it is suitable to run on most track variations from tinplate to code 124. The code relates to total rail height (depth) of the track – imperial 0.124” (3.15mm) and 0.143” (3.63mm). PECO 124 and Lenz has the lowest rail height. Existing Darstaed coach and freight wagon wheels will run on PECO’s SM 32 but not code 124. Their new coach and rolling stock programme from 2016 will feature wheels with a b2b of 28.5 to 29mm and therefore suitable for most track systems. The rolling stock wheels will be available for purchase separately so customers will be able to make their own conversions if they so wish. Darstaed three rail stock is able to run on all three rail track formats down to a minimum of four feet diameter tubular track.

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