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Stephenson's Rocket, 1829

Stephenson's Rocket, 1829

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Stephenson's Rocket. British engineer George Stephenson and his son Robert. It was one of the most advanced locomotives of its time. It competed in and won the trials held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company at Rainhill. It completed 20 laps of the course and attained a top speed of 38 kilometres per hour. Modifications to the design were made in 1830. 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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