Stephensons Rocket at the MOSI (Manchester U.K.)
I thought some of you may be interested in this, the Museum of science and industry (MOSI) in Manchester has on display “Rocket”, for those who aren’t familiar with it Rocket was the worlds first commercial steam engine ,designed and built by George Stephenson.
It was used to pull the worlds first fee paying passengers and cargo between Manchester, the birth place of the industrial revolution and Liverpool.
This is not a replica this is the actual one ,apparently it was gifted to the British Museum long ago but is being rehoused at the Railway museum in York after a period on display in Manchester.
I was told by a curator that they built another 8 to the same design before developing the concept and starting the evolution of locomotive engines into what we see today all over the world but only this the first was preserved.
I built the bright Yellow Airfix kit as a child and was a little surprised at the finish of the actual machine , I don’t suppose heat resistant enamel paint was available back in the 1800’s and Airfix just used a bit of poetic licence…..
Neil – North of England correspondant
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