To celebrate our 150th Anniversary this year we are building a steam engine, but not just any steam engine, we are building a really BIG one! A Talisman Fowler B6 road locomotive which in its time was one of the "Kings of the road"
We are starting the build from scratch, from the wheels up, using original technology with the help of friend and customer Alex Sharphouse, and Jack and Roger Dibnah, sons of the late, great Fred Dibnah and our brand ambassador Guy Martin will also be lending a hand.
The last time one of these steam engines was built was way back in 1931.
After six years of research, reclamation, reproduction and hard-graft, the recreated Talisman Fowler B6 road locomotive is getting ready to make its debut at the Shrewsbury Steam Rally on the 25th-26th August.
Steam enthusiasts are in for a real treat as this epic project receives its official unveiling. Also in attendance at the Show will be the project’s powerhouse, Alex Sharphouse, who together with organisations from across the UK, bespoke craftsmen and engineers and Morris’s own Guy Martin, has turned his dream of authentically recreating a Talisman Fowler B6 road locomotive into a reality.
The showpiece of the Steam Rally, Morris Lubricant’s Talisman team are looking forward to what will be an exciting weekend. Alex says:
“Its been a long time in the making, so to be able to show everyone what the team has been working on for so long will be a moment to remember. This project has been a personal ambition of mine and to have made the journey from fantasy to physical reality is quite something. We have scoured the length and breadth of the country to research and learn how to make each part of the road locomotive. We wanted to produce a true and authentic Talisman Fowler B6 and through the contribution of so many, we have been able to do that. These skills and techniques were in danger of slipping away and being forgotten in the passage of time, but thanks to this project, we have been able to reclaim this knowledge, hopefully shining a light in it as something for the next generation to see.”
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Alex Sharphouse became the owner of John Fowler works acquiring all the intellectual property which includes all the patents, copyright materials, trademarks, and drawings for all the Fowler steam engines.
Having obtained a full set of engineering drawings for this engine from Reading University, the project kicks off.
When the last Talisman was scrapped by Pickfords it went into Alan Knights scrap yard. The majority of the engine was chopped up leaving the boiler disused for many years. The remains were rescued by a steam enthusiast who researched and indentified the remains to be Talisman.
Alex acquired the existing Talisman parts and incorporated them into the build.
The scale of the project is juge and should not be under estimated with thousands of man hours and substantial material costs.
After a meeting with Morris Lubricants it was decided that Morris would partner the build offering financial and morale support. The plan is to finish the Talisman for September 2019 for a tour of the UK.