L&M Unnumbered Stephenson/Furness Hybrid

L&M Unnumbered Stephenson/Furness Hybrid

L&M  Unnumbered Stephenson/Furness Hybrid
L&M Unnumbered Stephenson/Furness Hybrid


Present Location Liverpool Museum
Designed For L&M
Type & Original Water Capacity Stephenson/Furness Hybrid
Chassis Type Liverpool & Manchester Standard 2 axle
Wheelbase 5ft 0in
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Scoop Fitted Never Fitted
Allocated To Lion L & M Large Samson class 0-4-2
First Number Unnumbered
Present Number Unnumbered
Status Static Exhibit
Notes Locomotive preserved in 1928 having been used as a pumping engine at Liverpool Docks. Original tender not in existence. Tradition has it that this tender was converted from a Furness Railway four wheel tender and this information has been repeated in several books and magazine articles and in earlier versions of the RHRP Tender Register. The RHRP Tender Register also wrongly described it as an L&M 440 gallon tender in previous updates. In 2020 Lion The Story of the Real Titfield Thundrbolt by Anthony Dawson was published by Amberley Publishing. Information on the tender given below is based on Anthony Dawson's research in this book. The design of the tender is based on a drawing provided by Robert Stephenson & Co to the LMS when they were restoring the loco at Crewe Works (Dawson 2020 p46). Aspects of the chassis design can be seen in a photo of Robert Stephenson & Co works number 143 of 1836 a 2-2-0 Planet type supplied to a railway in the USA (Built in Britain, Bailey 2021 p20). Frames are of softwood. Wheels, axleboxes and hornguides for the tender came from Furness Railway four wheel tenders. The tank is also from a Furness Railway four wheel tender and has been shortened at the front. The tender was built at Crewe Works and completed in 1930. Though the tank is riveted there is evidence of welded repairs (Dawson 2020 p45,46). During restoration to running order by Ruston Diesels of Newton-le-Willows in 1979 an air brake system from a commercial HGV was added. Safety side chains between loco and tender and at the rear of the tender were also fitted at this date (Dawson 2020 p77). Anthony Dawson concludes that the tender 'is a product of the 1930 restoration and not representative of how Lion would have looked during her operational life'
Photo by Collection Justin Edwards
Photo Date 27/11/1980
Date Record Last Updated 19/08/2022



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