Lion: The Story of the Real Titfield Thunderbolt (Amberley)

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In Lion: The Story of the Real Titfield Thunderbolt the author, Anthony Dawson, looks at the fascinating history of LMR 57 Lion, the real locomotive featured in the cult film 'The Titfield Thunderbolt', drawing on extensive archive research and a detailed study of the original locomotive.

Originally built in Leeds in 1838 by Todd, Kitson & Laird, Lion is the only surviving locomotive built for the pioneering Liverpool & Manchester Railway. This book explores the design and construction of Lion, its nineteen-year career on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, its sale into industrial use with the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board in 1859 and eventual preservation and restoration, designed to enable it to be part of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway’s centenary celebrations.

Lion is one of the most beloved locomotives in railway preservation, since restoration the humble luggage engine turned film star has featured in three film roles. The first role was in 'Victoria The Great' released in 1937, but it is best known for its role as Thunderbolt in 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' which was released in 1953.

Finally, after a lifetime of rebuilds and restorations, Lion is now on display in the Museum of Liverpool, and Anthony Dawson attempts to answer the question ‘How much of Lion is original?’

Well illustrated with 103 colour and black & white photographs and drawings. 96 pages.

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