Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials. An important competition in the early days of steam locomotive railways for the nearly completed Liverpool and Manchester Railway, The Rocket was the only locomotive to complete the trials and became the template for the railway.
The Rocket, which brought together several innovations to produce the most advanced locomotive of its day, was so revolutionary at the time it is now on display in the Science Museum of London. While not the first steam locomotive, it was the foundation for the steam locomotives that would become a major means of transport in the UK in the nineteenth century and should not be lost to the annals of history.
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