Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North.
As part of the Great Exhibition of the North Stephenson's Rocket has been brought home to Newcastle's Discovery Museum.
Rocket was built to compete in the Rainhill trials to find a railway engine to provide a service between Manchester and Liverpool which was the world's first inter-city passenger service, although passengers had been carried between the smaller towns of Stockton and Darlington in the North East of England previous to that.
Rocket was built in 1829 at the Forth Street Locomotive works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, the first of it's type anywhere in the world, established by George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways", His son Robert Stephenson was responsible for the design of Rocket.
In the background the famous vessel the Turbinia is visible, another engineering achievement of the North East.
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