Burtall's 'Perseverance' locomotive, 1829.
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Burtall's 'Perseverance' locomotive, 1829. Drawing (scale 1:12) of Timothy Burstall's Perseverance which competed in the Rainhill Trials of 1829. The Rainhill Trials were a series of speed tests set up to find the best locomotive for railway haulage. Perseverance overturned and Burstall spent the first five days of the trials repairing it. When it finally entered the competition it only reached 6 miles per hour. The judges awarded Burstall a consolation prize of £25. The competition was won by the Rocket designed by Robert Stephenson.