Lovely scale model of one of the most famous trains of all – Stephenson’s Rocket. This brass model of the Rocket measures 33cm long by 13cm wide by 27cm high.
Stephenson’s Rocket was an early steam locomotive of 0-2-2 wheel arrangement. It was built for and won the Rainhill Trials of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, held in October 1829 to show that improved locomotives would be more efficient than stationary steam engines.
Rocket was designed in 1829, and built at the Forth Street Works of his company in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Though Rocket was by no means the first steam locomotive, it was the first to bring together several innovations to produce the most advanced locomotive of its day. It is the most famous example of an evolving design of locomotives by Stephenson that became the template for most steam engines in the following 150 years.