Stephenson's Rocket

Made:
1829 in Newcastle upon Tyne
maker:
Robert Stephenson and Company
designer:
Robert Stephenson

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L&MR 0-2-2 'Rocket', 1829.
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Steam locomotive, remains of Robert Stephenson's 0-2-2 locomotive 'Rocket', designed by Robert Stephenson and made by Robert Stephenson & Co., Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 1829

The Rocket, designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), was the clear winner in the locomotive trials held at Rainhill in 1829 to decide the motive power for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. It represented a substantial technical advance over previous designs,bringing together in one machine such developments as the multi-tube boiler and the blast-pipe. The speed of progress, however, meant that the Rocket was substantially rebuilt within 18 months and laid aside within 10 years. It was preserved in 1862 incomplete and semi-derelict but it had set the pattern for the future and remains the most significant of all early railway locomotives.

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Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1862-5/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), iron, pine (wood), steel (metal)
Measurements:
On plinth: 4611 mm x 4965 mm x 2600 mm, 5500 kg
Rocket: 4111 mm x 4400 mm x 2120 mm, 3000 kg
type:
steam locomotive
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • locomotive
credit:
Donated by Thompson and Sons
status:
Permanent collection

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