Rastrick's notebook, Rainhill Trials, 1829.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Rastrick's notebook, Rainhill Trials, 1829.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The notebook belonging to John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856) that was used to record details of the Rainhill locomotive trials in 1829. The book is shown closed. The Rainhill trials were a competition set up to find the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The competition was won by the 'Rocket', designed by George Stephenson (1781-1848) and Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). Rastrick was one of the judges.

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