TS Rewards: GWR Castles Galore! | Updated

Written by: TrainSim-James

The Great Western Railway built some of the most iconic locomotives, the pinnacle of which is undoubtedly the 4073 Castle Class. Introduced to the world in 1923, the Castle Class proved its place from working hard during the early days of GWR to keeping the region running throughout World War II. This icon during Britain’s most memorable days saw many changes which made locomotives stand out even more, and now they can stand out in Train simulator as the GWR era Castles are available now to registered members of TS Rewards!

In the early 1920s the newly appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, C. B. Collett, set out to revolutionize the network with a new locomotive which would supplement and replace the Star Class. The answer of course was in the predecessor with the new loco essentially constructed as a Star Class with an enlarged boiler, the result was a locomotive housing a tractive effort of 31,625 lb providing a top speed in excess of 100 mph, all while looking the part as a main line express locomotive.

When the locomotives were first built many of them did not receive new tenders, the design staying the same as what Churchward built for his locomotives before Collett’s reign. This gave the Castles a very unique look as the Churchward 3500 Gallon tenders were noticeably smaller than what would be added in the future. These tenders would serve the early GWR Castles well, surviving long enough to feature multiple of GWR’s classic crests and coat of arms.

When the Second World War loomed over Britain, the railways became an even more vital means of transport to the nation. Be it hauling munitions in the dark of night or racing families away from the capital, there is no arguing the importance of the railways was paramount. To aid in the effort locomotives throughout the UK saw specific changes during WWII, the Castle Classes had their usual green dulled down and windows plated over to reduce glare from the firebox at night. There were not the resources to maintain these locomotives and many were heavily weathered by the end of the war.

The latest iteration of epic TS Rewards content features the early GWR Castles as they were built in 1923 with Churchward’s 3500 Gallon tender, complete with either the Coat of Arms or the Garter Crest brandished on the side. Also featured is the GWR Castle as seen during the Second World War with plated over cabside windows, weathered livery without lining and the classic GWR Roundel on the Collett 4000 Gallon tender. Quick Drive consists are included for each variant of the Castle.

Do not forget to sign up with TS Rewards if you have not already to make sure you don’t miss out on our epic free content!

UPDATE

We have released an update for the Early and Wartime GWR Castle Class Pack to correct the numbering and nameplate issues on the 3500 Gallon Tender Castles, this update should download automatically from Steam if you have the TS Rewards pack.

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Included with this TS Rewards pack are the early GWR Castles featuring Churchward's 3500 gallon tender with Coat of Arms (top) and Garter Crest (above). Also included is a Wartime Castle Class with boarded up windows and heavy weathering (below).

Included with this TS Rewards pack are the early GWR Castles featuring Churchward’s 3500 gallon tender with Coat of Arms (top) and Garter Crest (above). Also included is a Wartime Castle Class with boarded up windows and heavy weathering (below).

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As 5080 Defiant sits in a siding awaiting repairs after WWII, a beautifully restored 4073 Caerphilly Castle pulls away from Exeter St. Davids on a coastbound express.

As 5080 Defiant sits in a siding awaiting repairs after WWII, a beautifully restored 4073 Caerphilly Castle pulls away from Exeter St. Davids on a coastbound express.

The railways in Britain were vital to the war effort, here is seen 5071 Spitifre in service hauling a night freight train through Newton Abbot.

The railways in Britain were vital to the war effort, here is seen 5071 Spitfire in service hauling a night-time freight train through Newton Abbot. The lack of any detailing on the livery helped locomotives hide from the skies above.

The sun shines brightly on 4075 Cardiff Castle as she rounds onto the Riviera line's most well-known location, the Dawlish Sea Wall.

The sun shines brightly on 4075 Cardiff Castle as she rounds onto the Riviera line’s most well-known location, the Dawlish Sea Wall.

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23 Comments

  • how do I get this I have made an account for Train Simulator but don’t have this train??

    • You will need to register for TS Rewards. You can do this by completing the pop up box in TS2016: Steam Edition. Alternatively, you can submit a ticket to our support site if you no longer get the request to register.

  • The TS rewards program is just reward for all those who have purchased the game and continue to buy DLC, while many others have zero money. Sure honesty should not be taken for granted but today it is. Personally I am very happy to have ts reward, even more so if the premiums were unique items not for sale!

  • I purchased TS2016 during the month when it released but had not yet registered it until now. Will we be able to get the rewards like this one and those already passed? Thank you!

    • Anyone who has purchased TS2016 will receive the previous month’s rewards, which are now included as part of the TS2016 package but you’ll need to register to get the next reward on the day it’s released

      • How do we recieve the rewards as I’ve not recieved any email with an product/activation code?

        • No codes have yet been sent out since you registered on 4th February. You should receive the next TS Reward when it is ready and will receive the GWR Castles, featured in this article, when it is added to TS2016 at a later date.

  • DTG, seems like TS Rewards are a success. I love the content that you place into the TS Rewards! It’s awesome!

  • I think the next reward in March should be the King Class with 6024 King Edward the 1st

  • GWR6029 on YouTube said the names are wrong accept 1 4073 is Caerfully Castle and 4079 is Pendennis castle are you going to fix the names of these fantastic machines Defiant is OK in its war time green livery

    • A hotfix has already been released!

  • How or where do I retrieve this reward? Can someone help? Can’t seem to find where. I was emailed the game code but, not how to retrieve it!!!

    • To redeem your code, please follow the instructions here

      • Thank you DTG for helping me out with the download process. Much appreciated

  • Yes! 😀
    Thank you DTG, been waiting for these variants for ages. 😛

  • Whatever happened to the one in January?

    • Unfortunately, we’re a little late with this one, so the Castle’s are the January TS Reward. February’s TS Reward will follow soon.

  • Great but how do i get this reward

    • Everyone who has purchased TS2016: Steam Edition and registered for TS Rewards will receive an email automatically. The email will contain a code that they can redeem on Steam. It’s never too late to register for TS Rewards, you can do so by completing your details in the box that pops up in TS2016: Steam Edition

      • i have not received my email. i registered last year for ts rewards

        • Thank you for providing your feedback, please submit a ticket on our Support Site and our Support Team will sort this out for you.

  • A very nice variation of the GWR Castle, many thanks DTG 🙂

  • Thanks again for another fantastic reward, any clues to what will be next?

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