Braithwaite and Ericson's 'Novelty', 17 October 1829.
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Illustration of the Novelty from Mechanics' Magazine. The Novelty was designed by John Braithwaite (1797- 1870) and John Ericson, a Swedish army officer (1803- 1889). The Novelty competed at the Rainhill Trials of 1829. The Rainhill Trials were a series of speed tests set up to find the best locomotive for 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).