Stephenson's 'Rocket', Discovery Museum

  • Description

    "Stephenson’s 'Rocket' on loan to Newcastle's Discovery Museum from the Science Museum Group as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. The Rocket, built by Robert Stephenson at the city’s Stephenson Works [[1693712]] in 1829, is renowned for being the fastest early steam locomotive at the famous Rainhill trials [[3247705]] Competing there against rivals in a bid to win a contract to produce locomotives for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the Rocket easily won with an average speed of 12mph and a top speed of 25mph to secure its creator both the contract and a £500 prize. The innovations in the prototype Rocket’s design ensured a more efficient boiler, a fiercer fire to create steam and a re-configured connecting rod system." Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2018.
  • Owner

    Andrew Curtis
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 5 years, 4 months ago
    Viewed: 556 times
    Picture Taken: 2018-07-26
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