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 [] in 1829, is renowned for being the fastest early steam locomotive at the famous Rainhill trials [] 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.
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Further informationLink: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5855097
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Added by: Simon Cotterill
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Picture Taken: 2018-07-26