An ambitious project to recreate a classic steam engine from the early 20th century has been given a massive boost after the man leading the project tracked down and bought a collection of the original parts.
Alex Sharphouse and a small team of enthusiasts are building Talisman, a Fowler B6 Big Lion Road locomotive completely from scratch, with support from Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants, one of Britain’s leading independent oil blenders.
The welcome funding from Morris Lubricants helped him get the project off the ground. “We are proud to be associated with Morris Lubricants, a company with such history and style and their support comes from the heart,” he said.
“The link-up with Morris is fantastic because they have been in business for nearly 150 years and produce high quality products, including oil for steam engines.”
Morris Lubricants’ managing director, Andrew Goddard, said: “Helping Alex to acquire these original Talisman parts has helped the project gain a lot of provenance. He’s still going to have to make a lot of the engine from scratch but the parts that have been retrieved will be used, which makes it a partial restoration. We can’t wait to see it operational and would love to use it on a Morris Lubricants roadshow in the future.”
Morris Lubricants has been manufacturing lubricants in Shrewsbury since 1869 and is new recognised as one of Europe’s leading oil blenders and marketers, with a reputation for quality and service. The company offers an extensive range of performance lubricants covering a wide variety of application areas, from steam engines to modern-day commercial vehicles and industrial machinery.