Rainhill locomotive trials, October 1829

Rainhill locomotive trials, October 1829

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Caption: Rainhill locomotive trials. 19th-century illustration of the October 1829 Rainhill Trials. These trials for early steam locomotives were run at Rainhill, near Liverpool, UK, to decide which would be used on the newly completed railway from Liverpool to Manchester. Ten locomotives entered, but only five competed. The Sans Pareil (right) completed 8 of the required 10 trips before also suffering engine failure. The Rocket (left) was the only locomotive to complete the trials. Artwork from 'Chemins de Fer, Automobiles' (1911) by French civil engineer Max de Nansouty (1854-1913), part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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