Darstaed D23-4-4 7mm Finescale O Gauge BR 57' Mk1 Second Compartment (S) Coach, BR Blue

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Now in stock and ready for immediate dispatch is one of the superb and eagerly anticipated Darstaed Mk1 Suburban coaches, finished in BR plain blue.

We have recently created a 'Projects' page on these coaches which includes a little history, what ran where and the years liveries were introduced. To view this, click HERE.


These coaches come with a very impressive specification list and still only cost £169 each! See below for all details:

New Feature: These coaches now come with a pack of super detailed plastic painted hinges. These will have the shape of the brass hinge inset on the reverse side, and will allow you, with a small amount of glue, to attach them over the standard brass hinges.

Brass luggage racks

Scale length with full finescale detailing

Finely detailed brass sides - professionally painted

Coach ends and roofs in finely detailed plastic

Fully detailed die-cast under-frame

Sprung link couplings - easily changed for other coupling types

Super detailed interiors with lighting

Brand new die-cast Mk1 bogies with scale wheels

Capable of running on Peco 40.5" track

Sprung metal buffers

Brake Ends and Full Brakes with detachable working (plug in) rear light.

Finescale wheels fitted (According to GOG and NEM 310 specifications)

Also included will be a sheet of prototypical running numbers for you to apply as you see fit.


On all Darstaed products we can offer a professional weathering/numbering service. This is typically priced at £30 per coach for custom weathering and numbering. For more details or to place an order with weathering on top please call the office on 01756 701451.

If you would like the hinge detailing pack to be pre-installed, this service is available for an extra £10, or an extra £5 when having a coach weathered (meaning the total price for weathering and installing the hinges is £35)

We anticipate the lead time on these services will be between one to three weeks.

You can now order your coaches with custom services, through the website - simply add the coaches desired to your basket then click here to be taken to the listing for 'Darstaed Customising Services'. Once here, follow the instructions in the description.


UK - For orders of single coaches we charge £4.00 for Royal Mail 48 Tracked delivery. For orders of two or more coaches delivery is free.

International - For orders of single coaches we charge £15.00 for Royal Mail International postage. Orders of two or more coaches will have to be shipped with other couriers, and so will be charged at cost


VAT is included in the price of £169, however for customers outside the EU, we do not charge VAT. To place an order with the VAT deducted (£140.83 for one coach) please call or email.

Alternatively, you can place your order through the website, and we will refund the VAT amount when dispatching the coach(es).

Why Choose Darstead?

Since taking on exclusivity of the Darstaed finescale range, we have seen it grow and improve, expanding the range and announcing more future projects, alongside winning the Hornby Magazine award for 'O Gauge Coach of the Year' in 2018.

We often find that customers are amazed by our coaches when they are viewed and handled in person, exclaiming "Wow, they're even better than I thought!"

Essentially, what is impossible to convey through pictures on our website is the feel and robustness of these excellent models. Not only are these coaches built to last, they also features brass sides, which, instead of having a printed finish, receive professional painting, built up through 4-5 coats until the finish is perfect. In fact, if you catch the reflection of light on the side of one of our coaches, you will see just how impressive the paint finish is.

It is with the above, and much more, that we decided to confidently take on exclusivity of the brands finescale production, and had the quality control and expertise of build not been to these standards, we would not have done so.