Hornby to produce OO gauge "Lion"

08 March 2021
Hornby is working on a OO gauge ready-to-run model of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, complimenting its recently-introduced all-new 4mm scale model of Stephenson's Rocket.

Hornby has confirmed that a OO gauge ready-to-run model of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, is under development. The model was originally due to be announced as part of the 2022 range, but has been announced early.

Built in 1838, Lion was ordered from Todd, Kitson and Laird of Leeds for use on goods traffic. It was subsequently rebuilt in 1841 with a longer boiler and remained in traffic with the London and North Western Railway until 1857. It was later sold to Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, while in the late 1920s it was handed over to the Liverpool Engineering Society for safekeeping. In 1953, Lion went on to achieve celebrity status in the classic movie, The Titfield Thunderbolt, and was renamed Thunderbolt for its starring role.

Marketing and Product Development Director, Simon Kohler, explained: "After the success of Rocket, Lion was most definitely on the list, especially given the public demand. We were intending to announce it later this year or early next..."

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Prices, delivery timescales and the specification of the new model will be confirmed in due course.


Once again certain parts of Hornby don't seem to like competition with Rapido also announcing 'Lion'. Rocket and Lion were never contemporaries, Rocket was, after being much rebuilt sold in 1836, 2 years before Lion was built, to The Brampton Railway. Also I wonder what tender Hornby will use? The one Lion has currently was an old one the LMS found when they were rebuilding her from being a stationary engine.

Posted by Simon James on Sat 20 Mar 14:42:18

Lets hope its built to a better standard than the new A2/2.3s

Posted by Eric Holmes on Fri 19 Mar 23:07:01

Great addition to the range of early locomotives, looking forward to seeing that on my layout.

Posted by Andrew Matthews on Fri 19 Mar 19:59:18