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.
- Science Museum, Making the Modern World Gallery
- Locomotives and Rolling Stock
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On plinth: 4611 mm x 4965 mm x 2600 mm, 5500 kg
Rocket: 4111 mm x 4400 mm x 2120 mm, 3000 kg
- steam locomotive
- vehicles and vehicle components
- Donated by Thompson and Sons
- Permanent collection
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