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'Northumbrian' steam locomotive, 1830.

Shaw, I, Junior

'Northumbrian' steam locomotive, 1830.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Engraving by Isaac Shaw Junior after his own drawing. The 'Northumbrian', built by George (1781-1848) and Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) in 1830, was an enlarged and modified version of their 'Rocket'. Its cylinders were almost horizontal, and it was the first locomotive to have the firebox incorporated into the boiler; this became the conventional locomotive boiler. The Northumbrian led the opening procession at the inauguration of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway on 15 September 1830. William Huskisson MP (1770-1830) died during the opening: after alighting from the Northumbrian, which had stopped to take in water, Huskisson was struck by the approaching Rocket, becoming the first ever fatality on a passenger railway.

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