04 Dec 2015 150 views
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date



comments (16)

Very cool - I can think of four people who will especially like this one! smile
Chris: This is Lion, one of the world's first steam locos Elizabeth
I was looking at a model of this loco in a toy railway museum in New Mexico only last week...World famous!
Chris: And it played the part of the Titfield Thunderbolt on a line very close to Bath in the 1950s too Frank
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2015, 04:39
Which one is this... we have 'De Arend' ('the Eagle'wink...
I love these old trains.
Chris: In 1837 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway ordered two locomotives to haul luggage trains, which were later called 'Lion' and 'Tiger'. They were the first locomotives built by Todd, Kitson and Laird, who used a conventional 0-4-2 wheel arrangement with inside cylinders.

In 1859 Lion was sold to the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board and installed as a stationary pumping engine at Princes Dock. She was rescued by members of the Liverpool Engineering Society, to which body she was presented by the Dock Board in 1928. After restoration at the Crewe railway works she took part in the centenary celebrations of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1930, pulling a replica train. During the period prior to the Second World War Lion stood on a plinth at Lime Street Station but was removed in 1941 and not replaced.
Lion appeared in three films, 'Victoria the Great' (1937), 'The Lady with the Lamp' (1951) and 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' (1952), the latter making her something of a celebrity in view of its popular appeal.

Lion was stored at the Crewe works and was not seen by the public, apart from her film appearances and railway publicity events. In 1967 she was loaned to Liverpool Museum (as World Museum was then known) by the Liverpool Engineering Society. This was changed to an outright gift in 1970.
Since the two people are looking up, I wonder if there are also planes there, Chris...as in Planes, Trains and Automobiles??
Chris: This is Liverpool museum Ginnie, there were all sorts of thing in there
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2015, 06:49
we are surely in a railway museum?
Chris: No Philine, a museum in Liverpool dedicated to the life of the City
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2015, 06:58
She is a ravishing beauty, Chris.
Chris: Very much so Ray
Is this ready and waiting for HS 3 Tiff?
Chris: You bet Chad, London in five days here we come!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2015, 09:00
Are Lion and Lyons tea relatives like Chr.W. Phillips and William (Bill) Chr. Phillips?
Chris: I don't think so..
That's a quite splendid machine! And a good pic, too!
Chris: Much obliged to you Tom
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2015, 14:25
Due to cutbacks, this will be the loco for HS2 or whatever the Machester link will be called.
Chris: Don't joke!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Dec 2015, 14:35
Looks like a real powerhorse.
Chris: One of the very first Louis
That's a beauty Chris. Real piece of history there.
Chris: Very much so Janet
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2015, 15:12
It's a great museum isn't it Chris?
Chris: We spent quite a long time there Anne
Isn't she a beautiful old lady, and up on the balcony I think I spy a carriage.
Chris: Indeed you do Brian, a recreation of the Liverpool Overhead Railway
you found a treasure Chris....petersmile
Chris: Thank you Peter
Is this the new museum they were building when I was there I wonder. A very famous locomotive indeed!
Chris: I expect so, right by the Mersey

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera DSC-RX100
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/19.99s
aperture f/1.8
sensitivity ISO400
focal length 10.4mm