Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829.

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The locomotive represented by this replica model was designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) in 1829 for the Rainhill Trials, a competition designed to find the most suitable locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. The Rocket won the competition and went on to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway from 1829 to 1836 and the Midgeholme Colliery Railway in County Durham between 1836 and 1840. This replica shows the Rocket in its original state with the firebox rebuilt and altered boiler fittings. It is pictured at the National Railway Museum, York in 1999.

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