Sketch of boiler of the 'Rocket' from Rastrick's notebook, 1829.
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Pages 18 and 19, dated 5 October 1829 from the notebook, belonging to John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856), that was used to record details of the Rainhill locomotive trials in 1829. The Rainhill Trials were set up to find the best locomotive for railway 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). Rastrick was one of the judges.