The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!
My first posting on this subject is available via the link below:-
It concentrated on the ‘Whiston’ colliery loco now based at the Foxfield Railway in deepest rural Staffordshire and the long-term refurbishment project of the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU in a warehouse in Burscough.
This posting is about an historic locomotive and a LOR motorcoach both of which are in the care of NML (National Museums Liverpool) and on display in the new Museum of Liverpool.
The first is the world famous Lion, pictured above. It probably became so well known because it was the star of the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. At one time it was also displayed on a plinth at Lime Street Station.
This is what NML says about the Lion – follow link below:-
The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950’s when it sadly closed.
This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.
The second one in this posting is the Liverpool Overhead Railway motorcoach No.3 that is displayed on a replica piece of overhead track also in the Museum of Liverpool. See photos above.
This is what NML says about the LOR motorcoach – follow link below:-
A visit to the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire recently, where I came across a preserved steam locomotive that used to work for the NCB on Merseyside, made me start to wonder where else you can see (or possibly not see) preserved examples of the now so called Liverpool City Region’s heritage and historic railway stock.
Let’s start this first of an occasional series of postings on this subject by looking at the National Coal Board 0-6-0 loco and the 502 3rd rail electrified unit that is presently being rebuilt in Burscough.
The colourful but powerful former National Coal Board (NCB) loco pictured below was seen on the Foxfield Light Railway in deepest rural Staffordshire. It has an interesting history and the name ‘Whiston’ gives away it’s Merseyside heritage. Read more about that here (when you have clicked the link below look for the name of the loco and click again):- www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/steamlocomotives.php
Former Haydock, Cronton and Bold Collieries steam loco ‘Whiston’ working on the preserved Foxfiled Railway in Staffordshire.
Secondly, the excellent work of the 502 Group in a warehouse in Burscough continues although it will be a very long job to fully restore a two coach example of the electric units (known as 502’s) that used to run on the Merseyrail network until around 1980. Dating from the 1930’s this last surviving example is in a poor state indeed and I suspect it will take a few years yet before the works are completed by the volunteers. The 502 Group have open days at their Merseyside Transport Trust premises now and again so you will have to keep an eye out for the next one if you want to see how they are progressing. I took this photo during an 2015 open day:-
And this is what is should look like and indeed did look like in the 1980’s:-
More to come on this subject in due course.