Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket' (1829) on display, 2001.
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Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket' (1829) on display, 2001.

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Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket', 1829. On display in the 'Making the Modern World' gallery, Science Museum, London. The Rocket, designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) became famous after winning the Rainhill Trials of 1829. The Rainhill Trials were a series of speed tests to find the best locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. After winning the competition the Rocket ran on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (1829-1836) and the Midgeholme Colliery Railway (1836-1840).

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