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Stephenson’s Rocket on trial

Posted in Anniversary, History, Technology on Monday, 27 September 2010

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picture, George Stepehenson's Rocket

George Stepehenson’s Rocket. Illustration by James E. McConnell

8 October marks the anniversary of the Rainhill Trials in 1829. Not a trial for criminals… but for trains. When the Liverpool and Manchester Railway was almost complete, it was decided to bring together various steam engines and locomotives to see which would be best to pull their trains and an open contest was set up at Rainhill in Lancashire.

The winner was George Stephenson’s Rocket, which was the only locomotive to complete the trials.

More pictures of Stephenson’s Rocket can be found here. Many more illustrations featuring trains throughout history can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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