Hornby’s Lion for ‘OO’ gauge

The Liverpool & Manchester Railway’s 1838-built 0-4-2 Lion is the subject of Hornby’s latest locomotive release. With an intriguing and complex history, MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this intricate new addition.

EARLY RAILWAY development in the first half of the 19th century is a fascinating period. Great strides were being made in the design of locomotive boilers and the power they could deliver with the famous 1829-built Stephenson’s Rocket setting the foundations for the future of railway steam locomotives.

Hornby Lion for OO gauge.
Hornby Lion for OO gauge. Mike Wild.

However, Rocket was still a small locomotive and the growth of railway traffic soon outstripped the power of this and other early locomotives and it was less than a decade later that the Liverpool and Manchester Railway saw fit to place an order with Todd, Kitson and Laird of Leeds for a new breed of railway locomotive. Two were built – Lion and Tiger – for haulage of freight on the growing railway network, but this time an 0-4-2 chassis was used to provide space for a larger boiler and firebox.


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