George P. Landow. Courtesy of the Science Museum. [Click on images to enlarge them.]designed by Robert Stephenson. 1829. Collection: The Science Museum, London. Photography and formatting by
A three-quarter rear view showing the firebox and base on which engineer and fireman stood.
According to the museum, “Rocket marks one of history's key advances in technology — the first modern steam locomotive. Built to compete in the 1829 Rainhill Trials, Rocket beat its competitors with its top speed of 29 miles per hour and better reliability. It also confirmed Rocket's designer, Robert Stephenson, as one of the premiere engineers of his age. . . . . During its short working life, it was modified several times. As a result the locomotive looks rather different from its more familiar appearance than now.”
A working replica at the National Railway Museum
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- The Rocket's appearance in 1829 and 1836
- Another view of the replica
- The First Locomotives
- The Puffing Billy (1818) — “the oldest surviving locomotive in the world”
Last modified 15 October 2016