Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. The
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Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. The Rocket 0-2-2 locomotive was designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1848). It became became famous after winning the 'Rainhill Trials', a competition set up to establish the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage. Due to technical advances, the Rocket was rebuilt over the following eighteen months and eventually laid aside in 1862. The Rocket was left semi-derelict and incomplete with many parts mising, the most notable being the tender.