Details of 'Novelty' from Rastrick's notebook, Rainhill Trials, 1829.
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Page dated 10 October 1829 from the notebook belonging to John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856) used to record details of the Rainhill locomotive trials in 1829. This page concerns the 'Novelty' engine desigend by John Braithwaite and John Ericson, which was one of the competing locomotives. The Rainhill trials were a competition set up to find the most efficient locomotive for railway haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The competition was won by the 'Rocket', designed by Robert and George Stephenson. Rastrick was one of the judges.