Remains of the 'Rocket', 1829.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Remains of the 'Rocket', 1829.

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The Rocket, designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) and George Stephenson (1781-1859) became famous by winning the Rainhill Trials of 1829. The Rainhill Trials were a series of speed tests to find the most suitable locomotive for railway haulage. Due to technical advances, the Rocket was subsequently rebuilt over the following eighteen months and laid aside within ten years. It was preserved in 1862 semi-derelict and incomplete. Many items are mising, most notably the tender.

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