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Lionheart Trains was founded by Richard Webster in 2007.Richard Webster is a veteran of the model railway industry and has worked for some of the most prestigious companies across the world. He started his career by joining his late Father in the family business of 'RATIO' where he learnt toolmaking and operating injection moulding machinery and later provided R & D for all new items.
During the early 80's he produced several 'O' Gauge plastic wagon kits with very fine details of the Great Western Railway under the label 'WEBSTERS' which were later passed on to 'PECO' and still marketed by them.
He ran the Kader model train factory in Mainland China for five years producing Bachmann products and later was appointed VP of engineering for America’s oldest model train company, Lionel that celebrated 100 years during his tenure. He worked closely with Neil Young who when not playing his guitar was the genius behind Lionel's electronic control and sound system.
On his return to the UK from the US he set up Lionheart Trains with the aim to produce O Gauge Locomotives and rolling stock built to the finest standards and during this time produced to much acclaim the 64xx and 74xx GWR panniers, the GWR Small Prairie tank and the GWR 2-6-0 Mogul along with the GWR Autocoach, B Set Suburban coaches, 7 and 8 plan open and coke wagons, 16T steel mineral wagons and Class A and B 4 wheel petrol and oil transport tankIn September 2013, Richard joined Dapol Ltd acting in a consultation role and was responsible for the development of the award winning O Gauge Terrier and 08 Diesel Shunter. This relationship was formalised in 2016 when Dapol and Lionheart trains merged and as the saying goes both firms have never looked back since. Lionheart Trains has benefited from Dapol’s marketing expertise and dealer network, however, still retains its autonomy to produce innovative O Gauge items with its uncompromising stance on quality and value for money.