Hornby OO R30233 L&MR 58 Tiger Liverpool & Manchester Railway Centenary Goods Train Pack

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Information regarding early locomotives like Lion and Tiger is frequently scant. These two engines were built to the same specifications as 'luggage engines', the term used by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway company for engines intended primarily for good train service. Such engines usually had smaller diameter driving wheels coupled together for improved power and traction. It is reasonable to assue that Tiger would have served in similar duties as its more notable sister with a similar history, also being rebuilt at Edge Hill in 1841

It is believed both Lion and Tiger were still in service when the Liverpool and Manchester was absorbed into Grand Junction Railway in 1845 which formed with London & North Wetsern Railway the following year following amalgamation with the London and Birmingham and Manchester and Birmingham Railways. The history of the surviving Lion is a little better known and it seems likely the history sister engine Tiger would have been similar. Lion was numered 116 on the LNWR Norther Division list and used in traffic until 1857 when it was tranferred to the Stores Department as a Ballast Engine for engineering trains.

Lion was sold to the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board in 1859. It is assumed that around the same time Tiger was also withdrawn and scrapped.

In this pack, 'Tiger' is paired with coal wagons of the kind that would often be found in the early days of the L&MR. Coal traffic was reasonably common in the early days of the railway, with the substance required for the running of locomotives. 

Coal wagons were constructed in response to failings in the then current system of coal haulage, where separate coal containers would be loaded onto flat wagons and unloaded at the destination, a system which led to heavy wear on both the wagon and container and one that was phased out by 1833.

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