GWR 4-6-0 4000 Star, 4073 Castle

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Author: JK
Last revision: 14 Jul at 16:38 UTC

Description:

GWR 4-6-0 4000 ‘Star’ class & GWR 4-6-0 4073 ‘Castle’ class.

GWR 4-6-0 4000 Star
Available: 1906-1948 (GWR) / 1948 – 1966 (BR)
Top Speed: 80mph (129kph)
Power: 1100kW
Tractive Effort: 112kN
Weight: 116t
Lifespan: 30 years
Cost & Maintenance: Set by game.

GWR 4-6-0 4000 Castle
Available: 1923-1948 (GWR) / 1948 – 1966 (BR)
Top Speed: 95mph (153kph) (GWR) / 100mph (161kph) (BR)
Power: 1750kW
Tractive Effort: 141kN
Weight: 122t
Lifespan: 30 years
Cost & Maintenance: Set by game.

GWR 4-6-0 4000 ‘Star’ class. Designed for heavy express passenger trains, 73 were built between 1906 and 1923. Following various experiements with 3 French engines, the design incorporated some of the best technology from the French designs. The four cyclinder, 4-6-0 design was so sucessful it became the basis for all subsequent GWR heavy passenger engines and the pacific (4-6-2) design, popular with other railways, was never embraced by the GWR, with only one prototype ever being built. The last Star was withdrawn in 1957 and 4003 ‘Lode Star’ has been preserved, after covering more than 2 million miles.

GWR 4-6-0 4000 ‘Star’ class, BR livery. 22 of the 73 Stars were still in service when the railways were nationalised in 1948. The last Star was withdrawn in 1957 and 4003 ‘Lode Star’ has been preserved, after covering more than 2 million miles.

GWR 4-6-0 4073 ‘Castle’ class. Designed to succeed the Star Class for increasingly heavy express passenger trains. The Castles were an upgrade to the highly successful Star design, with a larger boiler on an extended frame, allowing for a larger cab with side windows. When launched they were publicised as being Britain’s most powerful passenger engine – even more so than the LNER A1 Flying Scotsman – and subsequent exchange trials proved the point (and that it had better fuel efficiency). As the big four British railway companies competed for speed in the 1930s, Castles hauled the GWR’s ‘Cheltenham Flyer’, which was for a time the fastest train service in the world, scheduled with an average speed over 70mph. Between 1923 and 1950 171 were built. 8 were preserved including 4073 Caerphilly Castle, withdrawn in 1960.

GWR 4-6-0 4073 ‘Castle’ class, BR livery. After nationalisation in 1948 30 Castles were built under British Railways up to 1951. From 1956 some were fitted with double chimneys and larger superheaters, leading to their fastest documented speed of 102mph in 1958. The last to be retired was 7029 Clun Castle, at the end of 1965, shortly after hauling the last steam service to depart from Paddington. After being preserved it operated steam rail tours into the 80s. And it is hoped it will be able to return to mainline operation in late 2018.

Supports custom colours, now with versions with and without aging, no user logo.

GWR Toplight & Collett coaches to match the top speed of the engines:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=971564183

Track to support the top speed of the engines is recommended:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1101681375

Massive Updated: Added 4073 Castle class (GWR & BR versions).
Updated with BR version, versions with and without aging, new whistle and also available as placeable scenery Assets.

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