Lion & Old Locomotive Committee

Lion in Model Engineer

About once a year OLCO publish a list of the articles detailing the construction of 3½" and 5" gauge Lions which were published in Model Engineer way back in 1953-4. Written by the immortal LBSC, the articles contain the drawings, the procedures and of course the various wrinkles which, collectively, formed the 'words and music' for which he was famous. A word of warning, though. He never built the engine, so there were a few mistakes which those who followed his instructions found to their cost. We therefore include in the list the letters and articles sent in by builders and which it would be wise to read before work starts. Each entry covers both gauges, unless specified.

We are unable to supply copies of these articles for copyright reasons. However, back numbers of Model Engineer (published by Meridian) and many other publications may be obtained from TEE Publishing.

This is an updated version of a previously issued list, being more accurately targeted at specific topics. It is to be hoped that it is of interest and use to our readers.

Date Volume/Issue Pages Class'n Title
 
16/04/53 108 /2708 469 -- The Titfield Thunderbolt (Just a brief Introduction)
11/06/53 108 /2716 698-701 1 GA, Photo & Frames
02/07/53 109 /2719 2-5, 8 2 Motion Plate, Inside Frame, Wheels, Plain Axles
23/07/53 109 /2722 95-99 3 Cranks, Eccentrics, Coupling Rods, Springs
13/08/53 109 /2725 186-190 4 Cylinders, Valves, (3½")
20/08/53 109 /2726 224-226 5 Cylinders, Valves, (5")
10/09/53 109 /2729* 311-315 6 Cross Heads - Connecting Rods
01/10/53 109 /2732 403-405, 409 7 Feed Pumps
22/10/53 109 /2735 492-495 8 Valve Gear (Loose Eccentrics)
12/11/53 109 /2738 578-582 9 Gab Gear (5")
03/12/53 109 /2741** 656-659 10 Gab Gear (3½")
17/12/53 109 /2743 726 Letter M H Cox - Why? (5" Appearance and Wheels)
24/12/53 109 /2744 758-762 11 Reversing Lever, Reach Rod - Lubricator for 5"
14/01/54 110 /2747 28-31 12 Boiler 3½"
04/02/54 110 /2750 124-127 13 Boiler 5"
11/02/54 110 /2751 160 Letter R F J Pounds - Out of Scale Wheels. (Wheels; Hornplates)
25/02/54 110 /2753 214-217 14 Boiler, Tubes, Rivets, Assembly
18/03/54 110 /2756 291-293, 296 15 Dome, Lubricator for 3½"
08/04/54 110 /2759 381-383, 392 16 Blower Valve, Boiler Stays, Pressure Test
29/04/54 110 /2762 470-472, 474 17 Smokebox, Chimney
20/05/54 110 /2765 551-553 18 Blower, Regulator, Superheater (all 3½"). Snifter (Both)
10/06/54 110 /2768 653-656 19 Blower, Regulator, Superheater, (5")
01/07/54 111 /2771 16-18, 20 20 Safety Valves
22/07/54 111 /2774 98-100 21 Boiler Fittings
12/08/54 111 /2777 198-200, 203 22 Boiler Details (Grate, Ashpan, Side Support Brackets)
02/09/54 111 /2780 274-276 23 The Plumbing Job
23/09/54 111 /2783 358-360 24 Injector - Handpump - Clack
14/10/54 111 /2786 450-452 25 Finishing Touches (Splashers, Steps, Railings, Buffers, Couplings)
04/11/54 111 /2789 534-536, 544 26 Details of the Tender
25/11/54 111 /2792 630-633 27 Tender - Horns, Axle Boxes, Water Valve (all 5").Plumbing (Both)
23/12/54 111 /2796 744-747 28 Tender Brake Gear
30/12/54 111 /2797 758-759 Article LB Parkin's "Lion" (5")
15/05/58 118 /2973 638-641 Article A Lion is Born by F F Few
02/10/70 136 /3402 948-951, 978 Article A Prize Winning Model "Lion" by L A Saxby (5")
21/12/73 139 /3479 1222-1224 Article Modifications to a 5" G "Lion" by L A Saxby (Valve Gear)
06/07/79 145 /3612 784-787 Article A Lubricator for "Lion" by D A Neish (5")
01/04/83 150 /3702 430 Letter N Smith - "Lion" in 5" G - Information Required
20/05/83 150 /3705 620-621 Letter C E Taylor-Nobbs - 5" G. Information (Wheels; Lagging; Gabs)
17/06/83 150 /3707 714-718 Article Modifications to a 5" G "Lion" by K C Miller (Various items)
01/07/83 151 /3708 48 Letter R F Austin - Titfield Thunderbolt (Lion) Troubles (3½" Gabs, etc)
05/08/83 151 /3710 137-139 Article Some Historical Notes about "Lion" by C E Taylor-Nobbs. (Valve Spindle Support)
21/10/83 151 /3715 476 Letter M Smithers - "Lion", More Details (Prototype Boiler)
17/02/84 152 /3723 190-193 Article "Lion's" Crown by K C Miller (5" Haycock)
03/08/84 153 /3734 130-132 Article "Lion" The Questionable Origin of her Boiler by C E Taylor-Nobbs
19/04/85 154 /3751 439-442 Article "Lion" The Whys & Wherefores of her Tender by C E Taylor-Nobbs (Drawing, etc)
02/08/85 155 /3758 *** 150-151 Review Scale Wooden Boiler Lagging **
03/06/88 160 /3826 657-660 Article A Century of Progress 50 Years Ago by C E Taylor-Nobbs. The Story of a Painting.

* Note 'SOS' apology at end of page 315 for dimensional error on 5" Motion Plate at top left of page 4 of Vol 109.

** See also photo on front cover and 'Cover Picture' note inside.

*** This review is now for information only. Sadly, the maker of this lagging, Alan McKirdy, has passed away.

Note: OLCO have in preparation a set of drawings measured from Big Lion herself. For further details, see drawings page.

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