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Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. Thi

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Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. This 0-2- 2 locomotive was designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1848) and became famous after winning the Rainhill Trials, a competition to establish the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The Rocket was built by Robert Stephenson & Co in Newcastle, and ran on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (1829-1836) and the Midgeholme Colliery Railway (1836-1840). The Rocket became derelict, with many parts mising, the most notable being the tender.
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