Rapido Trains OO Lion Artwork

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Rapido Trains UK have provided us with pre-production artwork images for the OO Gauge range of Liverpool & Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion Locomotive. 

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Rapido Trains UK have joined forces with leading experts on early railways to develop a 1:76 scale model of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway’s famous locomotive Lion. Built in 1837 by Todd, Kitson and Laird in Leeds, Lion was first used as a banking engine before resuming luggage duties for several years before finally working as a ballast engine.

Sold in 1859 to the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, it was used around the docks before being turned into a stationary pumping engine. ‘Discovered’ by members of the Liverpool Engineering Society, Lion was presented to the society by the Dock Board in 1928. Society members then formed the Old Locomotive Committee, which continued to care for Lion for several decades. The LMS created the shape of Lion as we know it today during its overhaul at Crewe works. Having run in the 1930s, Lion was overhauled at Crewe and specially painted for its starring role in The Titfield Thunderbolt.

Lion was awakened from its slumbers in 1979 in order for it to take part in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Rainhill Trials. However, it was decided to withdraw Lion permanently in the late 1980s. After display in Liverpool and Manchester, Lion moved into its new home, the re-vamped Museum of Liverpool in 2011.

Lion boasts an impressive spec:

  • Die-cast metal and injection moulded plastic construction
  • High quality motor and mechanism
  • Next18 decoder socket
  • Factory-fitted sound decoder
  • NEM coupler pocket
  • Ability to couple to coaches from other manufacturers



Liverpool & Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion Locomotive (1930 Condition)

Key detail differences for this model:

  • Enclosed tender spring boxes
  • No pressure gauge.
  • LNWR green and Indian red livery.



Liverpool & Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion Locomotive (1980 Condition)
 

Key detail differences for this model:

  • Open tender spring boxes
  • Firebox mounted pressure gauge
  • Fireman’s toolbox
  • Separately supplied loco and tender safety chains
  • Ruston green and black livery


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