Braithwaite and Ericson's 'Novelty', c 1830.

© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library


Coloured lithograph, after an original drawing by Charles Vignoles, of a train of carriages pulled by the steam locomotive 'Novelty'. The Novelty was designed and built by John Braithwaite (1797-1870) and John Ericson (1803-1889) and was entered in the Rainhill Trials of 1829. This was a competition set up to establish the most efficient 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).

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