Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. Front facing v
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actual image size: 29cm x 32cm

Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. Front facing v

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Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. Front facing view showing detail of the blastpipe and chimney. The locomotive represented here by this model (scale 1:8) was designed by Robert Stephenson (1803- 1859) in 1829 for the Rainhill Trials. This was a competition designed to find the most suitable locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. This version three model shows the Rocket in its original state with the firebox rebuilt and altered boiler fittings. This is believed to be how the Rocket appeared at the Rainhill Trials of 1829.

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