Liverpool Mercury' advertisement for locomotive engine, 1829.
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This outer sheet (front and back pages) of the 'Liverpool Mercury' newspaper was published on 1 May 1829. It contains the advertisement placed by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for an improved locomotive engine, this preceded the Rainhill Trials of 1829, which was a competition to find the most suuitable locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The competition was won by the 'Rocket' designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1848).