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This is the original Rocket—George and Robert Stephenson's world-changing locomotive which kick-started a golden era of innovation.

Behold the beauty of Stephenson's Rocket, built in 1829 to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway—the world's first inter-city passenger railway line.

Railway revolution

This pioneering locomotive won the Rainhill Trials, a competition to decide on the best mode of transport for the railway, and its success helped usher in a railway age that shaped the modern world as we know it.

Rocket was the only locomotive to successfully complete the Trials, achieving an incredible (for the time) top speed of 30mph. This victory proved steam-powered locomotives were suitable for widespread use as they were better at pulling trains than horses or stationary winding engines.

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