Ordeal card from the Rainhill Trials, 1829.
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Page 33 from the notebook belonging to John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856) used to record details of the Rainhill locomotive trials in 1829. Rastrick was one of the judges for the trials, a competition to find the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. This card sets out the criteria of the 'ordeal' the competing locomotives would have to undergo. The competition was won by the 'Rocket', designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1848).