Rapido 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 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