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Hornby R3301 BR (W) Castle Class: Green (early crest): 5043 Earl of Mount Edgecumbe

Between the years of 1923 and 1950 there were no fewer than 171 Castle Class locomotives built at the GWR Swindon Works with all but 16 of these being new builds.

At the time the Castles were hailed as the most powerful locomotives on any British railway with the GWR displaying the Class prototype, "Caerphilly Castle" at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. The locomotive's ability to sustain high speeds and remain economical was enviable. The "Castles" soon earned a reputation for excellence and reliability, setting a record in 1932 for a 77 mile journey between Swindon and Paddington at an average speed of 81.68 mph. At the time this represented the World Record for steam traction.

Withdrawal commenced in the very early 1950s and by December 1965 all of the Class had been 'retired'. Although all Castle Class locomotives were scheduled to be scrapped there were eight that survived including "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe".

Originally named "Barbury Castle" GWR locomotive 5043, first left the Swindon Works in March 1936, however 5043 was renamed in September 1937, "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" after a GWR Director. Having being on shed at London's Old Oak Common and finally Cardiff Docks the locomotive was finally withdrawn from service in December 1963. The locomotive was rescued from the Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, South Wales in 1973 and stored at the Tyseley Locomotive Works. In October 2008 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" eventually moved once more under its own steam after a thorough rebuild.

Locomotive BR 5043, "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" is now a key member of the Vintage Trains stable of locomotives and can be seen hauling many of the special named trains and charters operated by that company. On 10th May 2014, this venerable locomotive set a new point to point time record for steam traction between Plymouth and Bristol and so has become a record breaker in its own right.

Double chimney; Hawksworth tender

Minimum Radius: 438mm (Radius 2)

WARNING: This is an adult collectable model and contains small parts and is unsuitable for children under 14 years of age
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