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Release Date: Jul 3, 2014
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One of the most well-liked and successful locomotives of the Great Western Railway, the Castle Class, speeds into Train Simulator in gleaming BR Brunswick Green liveries.

Originally designed by Charles Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Great Western Railway, the origins of the Castle Class were in the Star Class of 1907, which introduced the basic four-cylinder 4-6-0 layout to steam locomotives. When introduced, the Castle Class was heralded as Britain’s most powerful express passenger locomotive with an average operating speed of 80mph (129 km/h) and a top recorded speed of 108mph (174 km/h).

The first models in the Class were built in 1923 for the GWR at Swindon Works; construction continued at intervals until 1950, by which time 171 locomotives had been built. The first withdrawals started in the 1950s, with the last Castle Class being withdrawn in November 1965.

However, eight locomotives in the Class have been preserved with two currently certified for mainline running. These preserved locomotives are often called upon to haul named special railtour services, including The Cornishman, The Bristolian and The Cornish Riviera Express.

The Castle Class for Train Simulator is available early BR and late BR Brunswick Green liveries, as it operated for BR in the 1950s - 1960s, and includes a Collett 4,000 gallon tender. The model features advanced steam simulations such as a reverser lock, 3D fire in firebox, animated internal valve gear, cab controls animated in exterior view, switchable headboards and coach boards. Also included are BR Mk1 coaches in Chocolate & Cream livery.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Castle Class on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Scenarios


Four scenarios for The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route:
  • Training: Castle Class Simple Controls
  • Training: Castle Class Expert Controls
  • Cornish Castle
  • The Torbay Castle

More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.

Key Features

  • Castle Class in early BR and late BR Brunswick Green liveries
  • Collett 4,000 gallon tender
  • Advanced steam simulations including reverser lock, 3D fire in firebox and animated internal valve gear
  • Cab controls animated in exterior view
  • Switchable headboards and coach boards
  • BR Mk1 coaches in Chocolate & Cream livery
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route
  • Download size: 233mb

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: April 28
Have always felt the BR Castle Class is one DLC that seems to somehow have 'slipped the net' when it comes to reviews and feedback. A crime that must be rectified because we have a little gem here that most certainly shouldn't be overlooked by those keen on the classic steam era.

The bottom line is I'm very impressed by the BR Castle. DTG have produced a very nice steamer for the game indeed! Back in its hey-day the GWR Castle being the second most powerful steam class in the UK, after the King Class, occupied a rather crucial niche at the time as a passenger express. The game version has lovely detailed modelling (both exterior and in-cab) of the loco and the accompanying Mk1 coaches (Chocolate and Cream livery) are very nicely detailed also.

The loco has pretty advanced cab-controls (akin to the normal outstanding quality you would expect from the likes of JT and DT) and I'm certainly very impressed by the great effort that's gone into making the driving experience of the Castle as realistic as possible. A lot of care and attention has clearly gone into the creation of this particular model.

The two Career Scenarios (both for the Riviera line) give a really nice flavour for the loco; both are rather testing in a good way. Certainly not for the faint-hearted beginner (unless using simple controls), but a healthy challenge for those with some steam driving experience. It's just a shame only two scenarios (excluding the two basic short tutorials) have been provided for the pack; a couple of additional scenarios (perhaps for a different route) would have been very much welcomed. This is the only real negative that currently appears to let the DLC down just a little. Let's very much hope a few Workshop scenarios appear in the near future for the Castle. The loco is fully Quick Drive compatible for those that like such quick and go customized play.

So all in all, this is a rather fine loco creation that I am very impressed by! Gets at definite big-thumbs up. Well worth a try for anyone wanting a very nice UK steam classic. IMHO it's up there with some of the very best current UK steam engine offerings for TrainSimulator. So fair play to DTG you've created a delightful new steam loco for the game. It sets a nice high bench mark for future steam offerings. Let's very much hope this exciting trend continues!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 14
I really do like the Castle, DTG and all involved put a lot of effort into looks sounds and everything even the sound of 3 cone and single cone ejectors is spot on! A job well done!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 3, 2014
Been playing Train Sim since the first installment of Railworks, back in the day, and have to admit that this is my favourite steam loco thus far. Handles beautifully, sounds every bit as good as it looks, and the career scenarios included for the Dawlish/Exeter run are very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 18, 2014
i liked this train aolt from the way it moved to te sounds it would be better if it came in GWR colours to fit it the origional makers of this train
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 1, 2014
The Castle is a fantastic model and I would recommend to anyone. Most definatley worth the money! :D
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