Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Science Museum: Faster Steam

Stephenson's Rocket, the winner of the Railhill Trials for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1829 and grandmother of modern steam locomotives is at the museum, too. It is in somewhat sorry condition, obviously the rods and half of the fire box are missing.

Nevertheless it's really cool to see design features taken for granted in later designs: a pair of driving wheels, multiple steam tubes in the boiler, blastpipes, horizontal cylinders directly connected to the driving wheels, ...

The Rocket rightfully has a choice spot in the hall. Near it is a slightly more modern locomotive, built at Crewe Works in 1845 (I think) for the Liverpool & Manchester Railroad.

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