Monday, 20 February 2012

Rocket Man

This replica of George Stephenson's innovative steam engine Rocket was built in 1979, and is currently in the National Railway Museum in York. Wonder if the original had a full stop on the nameplate. You can watch a video of the engine above in action here
The original Rocket was built in 1829 for trials held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company to find the best locomotive to pull it's trains. Rocket reached speeds of around 25 miles per hours, beat it's rivals, and secured it's place in history.

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  1. The only thing I can recall about the Rocket was that it ran over an MP William Huskisson, thus ensuring his place in history!

  2. Great photo Deb- like the new banner too.
    I keep meaning to go across town to take a shot of the Manchester to Liverpool first rail track section at the MOSI- am sure I will on a warm day ;-)

  3. Great find for MYM. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC

  4. The National Railway Museum, my favourite place in York. :-)

  5. Love the yellow! The video was cool.


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