BR, Castle Class, 4-6-0, 5050 ‘Earl of St. Germans’ Early BR with TTS Sound - Era 4

BR, Castle Class, 4-6-0, 5050 ‘Earl of St. Germans’ Early BR with TTS Sound - Era 4


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BR, Castle Class, 4-6-0, 5050 ‘Earl of St. Germans’ Early BR with TTS Sound - Era 4


Item Code: R3383TTS

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In 1921, the increase in holiday traffic from London to Devon and Cornwall was demanding heavier trains and the GWR management required a more powerful locomotive to haul them. The solution was to take the basic 4-6-0 layout of the existing Star Class and add a newly designed No.8 boiler, which was both larger and lighter. The result was the GWR Class 4073, or ‘Castle’ Class, which could both supplement the Stars and replace them on the heaviest expresses, including the Bristolian and the Cheltenham Flyer.

Between August 1923 and August 1950, 155 Castle Class locomotives were built new at Swindon Works, in ten lots for the GWR and two lots for British Railways’ Western Region, with a further sixteen converted from other classes. The fitting of double chimneys to selected engines, combined with larger superheaters, further enhanced their capacity for sustained high-speed performance, but by December 1965, the last of the class were withdrawn from traffic.

Locomotive No. 5050 Earl of St. Germans was built at Swindon in May 1936, originally being named Devizes Castle, and entered traffic at Worcester. Operating right across the GWR’s territory, from Laira to Shrewsbury, Earl of St. Germans was withdrawn from traffic on September 9, 1963, from St. Philip Marsh.

Function list

  • F0     Headlight/rearlight
  • F1     Steam/exhaust/coasting
  • F2     Whistle long passing
  • F3     Whistle short 1
  • F4     Whistle short 2
  • F5     Whistle 2 bursts
  • F6     Wheel slip
  • F7     Coal shovelling
  • F8     Blow down
  • F9     Safety valve
  • F10   Injector
  • F11   Cyclinder cock
  • F12   Brake
  • F13   Blower
  • F14   Guard's whistle
  • F15   Coupler clank
  • F16   Fireman's breakfast
  • F17   Chuffing/coasting
  • F18   Aux lighting

Our Hornby engineers have developed a unique sound decoder that not only provides superior DCC control but also dedicated sounds associated with the locomotives that have been installed with this new sound decoder - TTS Twin Track Sound.


Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK's brand leader in the model railway hobby with its high quality 00 gauge (1:76) models and accessories.

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Gauge 00
DCC Type DCC Fitted
Period 1920s
Operator/Livery Early BR, Line Green
Class Castle
Designer Charles Collett
Age Suitability 14+
Purpose Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration 4-6-0

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Excellent addition to any WR layout

G'day Hornby,

I have just received my all new Castle Class no. 5050 Earl of St Germans which will run on my faithfully recreated Devizes branch line of which this locomotive was originally named Devizes Castle when built by the GWR st their Swindon Works in May of 1936.

The locomotive is immaculate, its detail is superb and runs like a charm of my GWR/WR layout with ease. She is as smooth as silk running along the track. The sound capabilities of this locomotive are awesome with up to 16 functions throughout.

This locomotive is a must for any Western Region Modeller.

Ready to go fresh from the box. I will thoroughly enjoy running this locomotive on my layout. She's a great performer, going across points and rounding curves with ease.

Thanks to the team at Hornby, you have done an excellent job by far. Photos and video to come soon of this great locomotive running on my layout.

To see my layout in action, visit my YouTube Channel - Caleb's Rail Films to see more.
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