A brand new ex-shop stock 00 gauge example especially developed by “Hornby Model Railways” as part of their recent series. This Penrice Castle Steam Locomotive running number 7023 is being offered in BR Late Emblem Green livery. This example comes complete with all paperwork accessories (where appropriate and packaging)!
The 4073 Class or Castle class were 4-6-0 steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway design built between 1923 and 1950. They were designed by the railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Charles Collett, for working the company’s express passenger trains.
The origins of this highly successful design date back to the Star Class of 1907 which introduced the basic 4-cylinder 4-6-0 layout with long-travel valves and Belpaire firebox that was to become synonymous with GWR express passenger locomotives.
Unlike the Star class, there was no prototype. Collett was sufficiently confident of the design to place an order with Swindon railway works for ten locomotives in 1923 although there was a four-month delay between the appearance of the first example, in August 1923 and the second in the December to allow for the correction of any teething problems.