Rocket comes to Birmingham this weekend – in steam – with its designer
The major highlight of the Tyseley open weekend will be
the opportunity to ride behind the official replica of Stephenson’s famous Rocket
in a replica third class coach from the 1800’s. Rocket was the most
advanced steam locomotive of its day. It was built for the The Rainhill Trials in October 1829 to test George Stephenson's argument
that locomotives would provide the best motive power for the then
nearly-completed Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Five locomotives were
entered, Stephenson's Rocket was the only locomotive to complete the
trials and was declared the winner. It is the most famous
example of an evolving design that became the template for most steam
locomotives in the following 150 years. Rocket is rarely seen away from
its museum base and comes by courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Rocket will be accompanied by its designer Robert
Stephenson; his father George Stephenson, the father of railways and the famous
engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.