Stephenson's Rocket

Brief description of Stephenson's Rocket.

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1. Weight

1.1. 4300kg

2. Build Date: 1829

2.1. When was Rocket built? Rocket was built by Robert Stephenson & Co. in 1829 at the company's works in Newcastle.

3. Fuel Type: Coke

3.1. Coke is a grey, hard, and porous fuel with a high carbon content and few impurities, made by heating coal or oil in the absence of air—a destructive distillation process. It is an important industrial product, used mainly in iron ore smelting, but also as a fuel in stoves and forges when air pollution is a concern.

4. Stephenson's Rocket is 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 the only locomotive to successfully complete the trials. Rocket's win proved once and for all that locomotives were better at pulling trains along the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, rather than stationary winding engines.

5. Speed

5.1. Averaging 20kmh and achieving a top speed of 50kmh.

6. Robert Stephenson was an English civil engineer and designer of locomotives. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the greatest engineer of the 19th century.