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.
|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.
If you know of any other articles which are worthy of inclusion here, please advise the webmaster.