Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. The Rocket 0-2-2 locomotive was built by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1848). The Rocket became famous after winning the Rainhill Trials, a competition set up to establish the most efficient locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Due to technical advances the Rocket was rebuilt over the following eighteen months and eventually laid aside within 10 years. The Rocket was left semi-derelict and incomplete with many parts mising, the most notable being the tender.
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