Rocket 150: A Century and a Half of Locomotive Trials
In 1829 at Rainhill the Liverpool and Manchester Railway ordained a trial of locomotives — the Rocket, the Sans Pared and the Novelty. As every schoolboy knows, Stephenson's Rocket was the only engine to complete the test and thus became the progenitor of steam locomotives as we know them. Since that date numerous competitive locomotive trials have taken place, and Rocket 150 records the most interesting and important of these. Despite the diversity of geographical location - - South Africa, France, Australia and the USA are represented as well as Britain - and despite the diversity of date and type of locomotive, most of the trials had a common aim – to determine the best engine for the job. 0. S. Nock captures the inherent atmosphere of excitement and competition that surrounded these occasions and yet, with his usual precision and meticulous eye for detail, balances the cool facts of performance against the passions aroused by the trials. With over 100 photographs – many rare shots of the earliest trials -- Rocket 150 is a celebration of 150 years of competitive locomotive testing, a history which those attending or following the 1980 Rainhill events will be stimulated to study, perhaps for the first time.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good - inscription IFC
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