Full scale model 'Novelty' steam locomotive, incorporating the wheels and one cylinder from the original locomotive made by Braithwaite & Ericsson in 1829. Rebuilt by the Science Museum in 1929 and modified by the Museum of Science & Industry in 1988.
Novelty was designed and built by John Braithwaite and John Ericsson to compete in the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company's locomotive trials at Rainhill. It was not fully tested during the seven-week build period and the boiler failed during the Trails. This locomotive is a replica which incorporates the surviving original wheels and a cylinder.
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